For Mother’s Day this year I told my mom I would create a new wreath to hang on her front door for the summer. While our most favorite of baseball teams may resemble more of the Bad News Bears than the Cubs this year, Cubbie love never fades. It took me an embarrassingly long time to get to this project completed, but we are both very happy with the way it turned out.
You can use fabric scraps from around the house, scrounge the clearance bin or pick specific patterns for the occasion for which you would like to create this door adorner. My hand got a bit sore (and thumb blistered) from cutting up so much material, but once everything is cut, it is a great in front of the TV project to put together. It took me about 2-3 hours to cut and assemble the entire fabric wreath.
I know there are various other versions of these across the web, but I had a hard time finding one that gave me specific fabric amounts and other directions, so I decided to share it here with you!
What you need:
2 1/2 yards of fabric
12″ wire wreath frame
Ribbon for hanging
Start by cutting strips of fabric. Each strip should be about 6-8 inches long and 1 to 1 1/2 inches wide. Do not be too precise. The wreath looks a bit more rustic if each piece isn’t exactly the same.
Once your fabric is cut (or alternate if your hand gets tired), begin tying your fabric stripes onto the wire frame. I just used a cross over double knot to secure the fabric on the wire. For shorter pieces, I often knotted once. Alternate fabric choices along each piece, tying them on, then sliding them down and bunching them together. The more fabric you put on the frame, the fuller the wreath will turn out, so try not to leave any wire showing.
Just as with the cutting, the same goes for the tying. It doesn’t need to be precise. The fabrics do not need to be precisely alternated, just hold the wreath back and make sure it doesn’t look lopsided with one fabric over the other (unless that is the design you are trying to attain).
Cut the ribbon to desired length, depending on your door or wreath hook. Tie a simple knot to secure. Slid the knot around and hang the wreath.
It is as simple as that! I plan to make a fall one of these for my door, perhaps Chicago Bears??
The Cubs motto sadly seems to be, “There is always next year” which is why this wreath will always have its place.