In yesterday’s tablescape post (Lavender and Lace), you saw this lavender heart rag wreath.
These have been all around Pinterest for a while now. So, it’s nothing new and unique. But, my process for making it just might be.
The thing is…you have to cut lots and lots of little 6-inch strips of fabric or ribbon. You won’t believe how fast and efficiently you can get it done.
First, let’s discuss you hangar heart. You’ll need a pair of pliers and something to cut metal, like tin snips.
Cut the hook off of the hanger just above the twisted part. Bend the twisted stem to the down position you see above. Then pull the hangar into the general shape of a heart. Use the pliers to fine-tune it.
For a nice way to hang the wreath, grasp the hangar just to each side of the twisted stem. Push toward each other to form the opening.. You may need to unwrap the twist just a little. .
Now you’re set to prepare your fabric strips. Remember the purple sheet base I recently used for my guest room Gathered Bed Skirt? Well…I kept the scraps – an L shape, which gives a long edge strip.
Any long piece of fabric scrap will work. It doesn’t have to be a sheet, but I thought it was neat to use the scrap. A bonus is that it’s purple!
Anyway, snip about 1- 1/2 inches from the edge.
Grab each side of the snip and pull. And pull and pull. And snip the next piece at the edge and pull. Repeat about fifteen times.
With each strip (or two, which works fine with sharp scissors), place the strip over your hand with the fabric end placed above your index finger. Hold it secure with your thumb.
Wrap around your hand all the way to the other end of the strip.
Slide the lower blade of your sharpest fabric-cutting scissors under the top of the loop. Follow the line of your index finger with the blade, and snip.
You now have many fabric strips, all cut very close to the same length.
Now tie each rag strip onto the wire hangar in a double knot.
If you run out of rag strips, cut more. Soon, your wire will be jammed full of tied strips.
It takes about 45 minutes to tie all the strips, but it only takes about ten minutes to tear and cut the fabric pieces. Surprised?
Now…do you know of a faster way to TIE the KNOTS? That was the part I couldn’t figure out. What’s an efficient solution to that part?