Easy DIY Rag Wreath from Vintage Bed Linens

Besides furniture, one thing I love hunting for while thrifting is vintage fabric.  I’ve had these floral bed linens in my stash for a while now and finally decided on a project for them!  Today I’ll show you how to make your own Easy DIY Rag Wreath.

Make an easy DIY rag wreath for spring with vintage fabric - Step-by-step tutorial by Girl in the Garage

* Today is Trash to Treasure Tuesday, which means there are four more bonus makeovers from my friends at the bottom of this post – Woot!  Also, this post contains some affiliate links so you can easily find the products I use and recommend. You can discover all of my favorite products and tools for DIY projects Here.

I keep a fabric stash because I also love to sew, and I recently debuted my handmade cloth dolls at a local market.  (Here are a few in the photo below – aren’t they adorable?) 

Thread and Cloth Studio - Handmade cloth dolls

Thread and Cloth Studio – Handmade cloth dolls

I’ll be listing some soon in my new Etsy shop Thread and Cloth Studio (find it here), and I’ll be posting updates on my T&C Facebook page (here) and Instagram (here).  Please follow along if you like pretty handmade cloth treasures.  🙂   I also plan to make some doll dresses from this beautiful vintage fabric.

How to Make an Easy DIY Rag Wreath

Supplies:

  • For the wreath form, I used what I already had – an 8 inch wood embroidery hoop (super inexpensive).  You could also use a foam wreath form or a wire wreath form for a much fuller rag wreath, but I kept mine simple.
  • A rotary cutter (like this one)
  • A self-healing cutting mat (like this one)
  • And of course fabric – vintage or vintage-looking, or any kind you wish.  I didn’t use much at all for this small wreath, but you may need a lot more depending on which type of wreath form you use.  I chose three different patterns with spring colors for mine.

Make an easy DIY rag wreath for spring with vintage fabric - Step-by-step tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Once your vintage linens are clean, lay one on the cutting mat and cut away the seams near one corner.

Make an easy DIY rag wreath for spring with vintage fabric - Step-by-step tutorial by Girl in the Garage

I tried a couple sizes but I found that for this project, strips that are approx. 1 inch by 7 inches worked best for me.  You make like some even longer. 

Make an easy DIY rag wreath for spring with vintage fabric - Step-by-step tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Tie the strips around the hoop and double knot.  It’s okay if the edges are frayed – this is a DIY rag wreath after all!

Make an easy DIY rag wreath for spring with vintage fabric - Step-by-step tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Next I cut several strips of the mostly blue and white pillowcase.  Working with a rotary cutter is awesome because your hands don’t cramp up after cutting for a while like they do with scissors, and you can cut through a few layers easily at the same time.  (And the self-healing mat will never even show a cut mark.)

Make an easy DIY rag wreath for spring with vintage fabric - Step-by-step tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Tie the blue strips on and then cut pieces from a third fabric (yellow and white sheet).  Tie them on, fluffing as you go.  You may need to cut more strips of the other colors if you still have room around the hoop.

Make an easy DIY rag wreath for spring with vintage fabric - Step-by-step tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Leave the screw area accessible because that’s where you’ll loop the string through for hanging the wreath.

Make an easy DIY rag wreath for spring with vintage fabric - Step-by-step tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Add a string and it’s ready to hang!  This DIY rag wreath might be small for a door but it’s perfect to hang on a frame, mirror, mantel, or anywhere you need a little extra spring decor.

Make an easy DIY rag wreath for spring with vintage fabric - Step-by-step tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Of course you can make yours any size you want!

Make an easy DIY rag wreath for spring with vintage fabric - Step-by-step tutorial by Girl in the Garage

I think the mix of vintage fabrics and the spring-y colors is just beautiful.

Make an easy DIY rag wreath for spring with vintage fabric - Step-by-step tutorial by Girl in the Garage Make an easy DIY rag wreath for spring with vintage fabric - Step-by-step tutorial by Girl in the Garage

You’re welcome to share this Easy DIY Rag Wreath project with a friend and/or pin it to easily find it later.  🙂

Make an easy DIY rag wreath for spring with vintage fabric - Step-by-step tutorial by Girl in the Garage

It’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday again with my talented blogging friends – let’s see what creative projects they came up with:

Trash to Treasure Makeovers - Girl in the Garage

Below are the Before photos – visit the links underneath to see the amazing Afters and to learn how they did it:

Trash to Treasure Makeovers - March 20191. Confessions of a Serial DIYer
2. Prodigal Pieces
3. Bless’er House
4. Artsy Chicks Rule

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6 Comments on Easy DIY Rag Wreath from Vintage Bed Linens

  1. Kaycee
    March 12, 2019 at 9:52 am (6 days ago)

    What a sweet wreath Jen! What a great idea, I like this idea a lot better than using my old sheets and table cloths as drop cloths!!

    Reply
  2. Lizzy Leff
    March 12, 2019 at 8:13 pm (6 days ago)

    Those fabrics remind me of my childhood in the late 60’s/early 70’s.

    So sweet.

    Reply
  3. Marie
    March 13, 2019 at 10:42 am (5 days ago)

    I love rag wreaths and the pretty vintage fabrics on yours make it extra special – very pretty!

    Reply

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