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Make a Rag Wreath for Fall and Thanksgiving

Updated on May 7, 2014

Easy, No-Sew Fabric Wreath

The colors of fall are muted and subdued. These earth tone shades are some of my favorite colors.

You can make a rag wreath like this one using fabric scraps you have on hand or you can select beautiful fabric specially for this super simple project. Make fall and Thanksgiving even more special with a one-of-a-kind wreath.

This easy, no-sew fabric wreath is so easy and quick that anyone can make it! I made this one in about two hours, start to finish and that was with some breaks in between. Kids can help make the fabric strips and tie the strips to the wire frame.

Part of the beauty of this rag wreath is that it can be hung inside or out. You can keep the rag wreath plain or dress it up with autumn or Thanksgiving embellishments to suit your style. And it is interchangeable, which makes changing it up a cinch!

Photo Credit for all Photos of This Craft: Peggy Hazelwood

Embellish Your Thanksgiving Wreath - Make It Your Own

Tom Turkey added to shabby wreath.
Tom Turkey added to shabby wreath.

I made a quick turkey out of felt using warm fall colors. I used a safety pin to affix Mr. Tom Turkey to the wreath.

Make cloth or felt embellishments like autumn leaves, acorns, gourds, and pumpkins, or add small pine cones to the wreath.

For Thanksgiving, add other felt or cloth embellishments like pilgrims, pilgrim hats or shoes, and Indians. A small ear or two of Indian corn would accent this rustic wreath just right.

Begin Making Your Wreath by Choosing Fabric

Fall Wreath
Fall Wreath

Here are the fabrics I chose to use to make my rag wreath. I had all of these on hand and they include new fabric, a pair of tan cotton slacks, and a gold sheet. I liked how most of the fabric were warm colors that went well together. I also chose a few pieces like the orange print and the black and brown striped material as accent pieces to add a pop of color.

Earth Tone Fabric

Like I said, this rag wreath is so simple to make. If you have fabric on hand that will work, great! If not, here are a few choices that I thought were really beautiful for a fall or Thanksgiving wreath.

Make Fabric Strips

Cut notches in the fabric to begin making fabric strips.
Cut notches in the fabric to begin making fabric strips.

Use your sharp sewing scissors to make cuts in the fabric to begin making strips. I cut three or four notches at a time, about 1 to 1-1/2 inches across. I varied the width and length of the fabric strips because, well, that's how I roll. I don't do "perfect" and this project works so well for a finished shabby look.

Supplies: Sharp Scissors - That's It!

The only real tool or supplies you'll need is a good pair of sharp scissors for cutting the fabric to begin making fabric strips. I also used scissors to cut through parts of the fabric from the pants and sheet that I couldn't tear, like the hem, elastic, and seams.

Fiskars 8 Inch Razor-edge Softgrip Scissors (175800-1002)
Fiskars 8 Inch Razor-edge Softgrip Scissors (175800-1002)

Keeping a good pair of sewing scissors dedicated just for fabric makes any sewing or craft project a breeze!

 

Make Fabric Strips... Lots of Them

Fabric strips for rag wreath.
Fabric strips for rag wreath.

After you've cut a few notches in the fabric, you get to do the fun part. Ripping the fabric into strips! Really, it's so much fun!

Just grasp the material on both sides of the notch and pull apart. The fabric, if it's cotton or other natural material, will rip. It's so satisfying!

This is a great job for kids to do as you cut more notches in other pieces of fabric.

You may have to cut through hems or seams so keep the scissors handy. Then use the scissors to cut the long strips into about 10-inch to 1-foot long pieces. You can make shorter or longer pieces so decide how fluffy and long you want the rag portions to hang and feel free to do your own thing.

I varied the length of the strips for a more messy look.

Tie the Rag Strips to the Wire Wreath Frame

Tie fabric strips to the wire frame.
Tie fabric strips to the wire frame.

Depending on the size of wreath frame you use, tying the strips of fabric to the frame can take as little as time as half an hour. It is easy and fun, so even if it takes a little longer, that's okay. You'll have a fun fall wreath when you're all done!

To tie the strips to the frame, roughly line up a strip equally on the underside of the wreath and tie it. I didn't make knots in my strips, but you can if you want.

Keep adding fabric strips till you've gone all around the frame. Vary the colors of fabric or make a pattern. It's up to you!

Start with a Wire Wreath Frame - The Wreath Base

Every wreath needs a base or frame. This sturdy 12-inch frame features three wires so you can make an extra fluffy rag wreath. There are lots of options of wreaths on Amazon to choose from.

Do You Decorate for Fall and Thanksgiving?

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      chrisilouwho 3 years ago

      what a great idea, I've made a fabric wreath for Christmas before but I've always used foam molds, wire is a great idea and I bet it holds up better too. thanks for sharing!

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      KristinRey 3 years ago

      I am not as crafty, but the instructions seem easy to follow.

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      Carolyn Bennett 3 years ago from Longview, Washington

      Great lens. With a change in fabric, this could be used for so many holidays..

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      LisaDH 3 years ago

      Great idea for people (like me!) who can't sew.

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      samsmom7 3 years ago

      Very creative lens! I don't decorate for fall or Thanksgiving but go heavy with decorations for Christmas which is my favorite time of the year.

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 3 years ago from Johanesburg

      Highly creative lens and a good way to to recycle ,thanks for sharing

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      a2zsam 3 years ago

      very Great

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      PriyabrataSingh 3 years ago

      Very creative lens, Thanks for it and congrats for a purple star......

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      nubieaff 3 years ago

      Nice lens.Congrats on LOTD and a purple star.

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      Chip_Westley 3 years ago

      So very creative. Heard my first Christmas carol today.

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      alanjones1001 3 years ago

      Although I am not religious, I found the lens very informative with some good tips that I could use for something else

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      Jogalog 3 years ago

      I don't but I like the idea of making a rag wreath.

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      philipcaddick 3 years ago

      Interesting and timely, thanks very much

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      bossypants 3 years ago from America's Dairyland

      I always intend to decorate, but don't always get around to it. I love this project! Wouldn't it be fun in cotton velvets and taffeta for Christmas?

      Congratulations on a well deserved Lens of the Day!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Can I just say how much I Love this simple idea? Congrats on LOTD!!

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 3 years ago from Washington State

      With something like this? Oh yes, very easy and beautiful too, can't wait to start ripping the cloth for a new one! Thank you. Congrats on LOTD and a purple star, well done.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      Good instructions for making an easy fall project the family can do. Congratulations on LotD and your purple star.

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      fifinn 3 years ago

      Very creative, and you made ââit very well. Nice lens.

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      CrazyHomemaker 3 years ago

      Cute! Thanks for sharing this. Yes I decorate for Thanksgiving.

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      Kristen 3 years ago from Boston

      Love it. So easy and pretty!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Interesting approach. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      This will hurt my Christmas Wreath business! It is a great idea and for those who do not have the time or skill to make them you can always get a handmade all natural Wreath from me (true!).

      Well done on the LOTD anyway, it is a great idea and saves quite a bit too - I know! LOL

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      researchprone 3 years ago

      I make wreaths and this is something I can accomplish while watching T.V.. Thank you for thus tutorial and the very clear pictures. That always helps a lot. I love that it is simple and adding embellishments will personalize it very well.

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 3 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      Yes, I do. Your wreath is a great idea. Thanks for sharing with your clear pictures

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      mina009 3 years ago

      Great idea!

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      getmoreinfo 3 years ago

      This is very nice and a great craft idea for the holidays. The rag wreath came out really good too.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Easy, fun and unique! Thanks for sharing this terrific project and congratulations on LoTD! :)

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      These are really nice - I love them, something crafty something different

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      Delia 3 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! What a fun and creative project...thanks for sharing!

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      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      You make such great craft pages with lots of photos. My folks made rag rugs and rag dolls. They would love this rag wreath.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      This looks darling. I will definitely be trying one of these.

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      SteveKaye 3 years ago

      Thanks for publishing this wonderful craft idea.

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      Dawn 3 years ago from Maryland, USA

      LOVE this! It reminds me of my mom and gramma (many years ago) making rag rugs. this is being added to my "to do" list for sure. Thank you for sharing.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      I really like it, this is something that I can do with my grandson, very nice. Thanks

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      I love the colors of fall and could decorate with them year-round. I have made rag rugs but never a rag wreath, but may have to make this one for Thanksgiving. (Besides, I cannot resist the urge to tear those fabric strips and vent a little life frustration!)

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Its so nice and interesting.

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      Javed Ur Rehman 3 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      Its interesting, i like your lens its awesome.

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      Stopping back by to celebrate with you. Congrats on LOTD!

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      atsad141 3 years ago

      You make me smiling and encourage me to do something uncommon and amazing.

      Thanks a lot

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      gottaloveit2 3 years ago

      What a darling idea and the perfect choice for lens of the day. Congrats, Peggy!

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Not too much truly, but I do love the colors of Fall. Your rag wreath would look great on my newly painted wall....it's called "barley". Congratulations on Lens of the Day! YAY YAY YAY!!!

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      CCGAL 3 years ago

      I haven't done much decorating for the past few years, because we usually work during the holidays, but this year I just might and I like this idea a lot! Congrats on the LOTD!

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      I like to use mainly natural things, like pumpkins, gourds, grapevine wreaths, pine cones, and Indian corn to decorate for fall. I did make a canning ring pumpkin today, so I have that new centerpiece for the upcoming holidays. This is an excellent craft project. I've always liked the looks of the rag wreaths, rugs, and blankets. Like you, I like things to be varied and not fixated on perfect. That's why this type of wreath appeals to me. It would fit in beautifully here inside my country home.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 3 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @SheGetsCreative: Me too, and this year this wreath might be it!

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      Angela F 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      In some way shape or form - yes!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 3 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @LadyDuck: Thanks so much!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 3 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @ecogranny: I made this one myself but think I'll make one with my grandchildren for their door. And give them the turkey for their wreath! Have fun!

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      LadyDuck 3 years ago

      I have read your post this morning and I logged in immediately to check your step by step instructions. This is a great crafting idea.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      But I meant to say how intrigued I was by this when I saw it on Facebook, and how lovely it looks. It would be a fun project to do with the grandchildren and hang outside our apartment door. Thank you for sharing this cool idea.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      No, I'm too busy reading and writing lenses! : ) Not really, of course, but it is true that I would rather be reading, writing, cooking or taking political action than decorating my home. I'm afraid it shows.