Thanks for coming by today! Today, let’s learn how to make a ticking fabric heart wreath (but, you can do it in any shape you want, and it will be gorgeous)! This ‘rag wreath’ is a fun watch-a-Hallmark-movie type of craft!
HOW TO MAKE A TICKING STRIPE FABRIC HEART WREATH
Inspiration for Making a Ticking Fabric Wreath?
I first saw this project done by Jen at Noting Grace. Her blue ticking fabric and denim wreath stops me in my tracks every time I see it on social media. SO pretty! Thanks for the inspiration, Jen!
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What You Will Need to Make Your Ticking Fabric Wreath:
- 1-2 yards of ticking fabric in your color choice (I only used 1 yard, in red)
- ½-1 yard of 1 or 2 contrasting fabrics (I used a double-sided fabric which resulted in looking like I was using TWO additional fabrics)
- Fabric Scissors or Update: Rotary Cutting Kit (This is my go-to now for quick and precise cutting… seriously, it will change your life! LOL!)
- Wire form (heart or round, or whatever!) (Link supplied for your convenience, however, I bought mine at Dollar Tree, but you can also find them at Hobby Lobby)
- Wire cutters (optional)
- CD holder (CDs aren’t just for listening to!)
(Just sayin’: This wreath is meant to have a rustic look… don’t worry about being perfect… AT ALL!)
How to Make a Ticking Stripe Fabric Heart Wreath
A CD cover is about 5.5” long, so I used the CD cover to measure how long to cut each strip. You can “eye” the ½” width (remember, this is supposed to be rustic, no one will ever know that the strips aren’t cut perfectly.) Cut a full length of the fabric (double layered), and use the strips before cutting another length of strips. (I hope that makes sense!) Do this for both the ticking and contrasting fabric. (Update: Since originally making this wreath, I discovered the Fiskar Rotary Cutting Kit… It’s amazing, no joke… and I will definitely be using this for future rag wreath projects.)
Bump in the Road
I started tying the pieces around the form, (just one tie… no knot needed), when I realized the form was getting too ‘full’ and that I couldn’t decipher that it was a heart (I really didn’t want a triangle wreath!). This wouldn’t happen with a round wreath, but any other shape, it might. So, I took wire cutters and cut out the middle portion of the heart, leaving two wire layers. Perfect (I know, I know… this is supposed to be rustic, not perfect. Give a girl a break! ;-))
Easy fix… snip off the third heart (the one closest to the inside of the frame).
Continue tying the strips around, sporadically tying in a strip of contrasting fabric as you go. When you’re wreath is complete, tie in some additional contrasting fabric wherever you think it is needed. After that, shake-out the wreath (LOTS and LOTS of threads, people… I’m still finding them after vacuuming!), and then make sure all the strips are turned outward from the wires, and the ‘knots’ are facing the back. (Again, hope that makes sense.)
Finished Ticking Fabric Wreath
I hung the rag wreath in several different places, and I think I’m going to leave it on my door for this week, and then maybe put it on my windowpane above my media console for the rest of the month!
This is the back of my Hoosier cabinet… I was looking for a bit more rustic location to photograph. 😉
Now It’s Your Turn
What do you think? It was super easy and fun to do while listening to the TV (because you can’t watch and tie at the same time… at least I can’t!).
Now that you’ve learned how to make a ticking stripe fabric heart wreath, what other shape do you think would look pretty to use? Remember, I love reading your comments, so make sure to leave one (or two)! See you soon!