I am so excited to finally get to share this post with you today! I made this burlap patriotic wreath last week, but I had to wait until now to share it. Why you ask? Well, there’s no patriotic holidays coming up, but for me, there was something even more special- my husband’s homecoming! He was coming home from his deployment, and I wanted a special wreath to greet him when we got back home. Hopefully, this will be the last deployment for him for awhile, so I wanted this wreath to be re-usable for other events, so the addition of the chalkboard sign means I can write whatever I want – right now it says “Welcome Home”, but for Memorial Day, the 4th of July, Labor Day, etc, I can always change out the greeting to fit the holiday!
(And to see pictures from our homecoming- including a link to a news station that interviewed us and covered the homecoming, check out my photography blog here )
A wreath (I used a 14inch straw wreath because you’ll be hot gluing the burlap down later- I’m not quite sure that styrofoam would hold up)
Red, White and Blue burlap – you’ll need about a half yard of each for a 14 inch wreath. If your wreath is larger, get more fabric. Also, I couldn’t find blue burlap, so I used a heavy polyester.
Chalkboard sign (I found mine in the wood aisle of the craft store)
Hot glue gun/sticks
Wire (to make a hanger for the wreath)
Basic sewing supplies
Note: this tutorial assumes that you know basic sewing terms. Any questions- just ask!
Start off by cutting your fabric into strips.
Cut the following:
Red – 4 strips at 4 inches wide
White – 4 strips at 2.5 inches wide
Blue – 3 strips at 4 inches wide
Lay the white strip on top of the red strip, and using a 1/2 seam allowance and the longest stitch length you can (to gather later), sew the two strips together. Repeat for all sets of the red/white fabric, and on the blue fabric, just stitch a 1/2 from the top.
Carefully gather your fabric. You’ll want to end up with a piece that is between 1/2 and 3/4 as long as your original strip was (for example, my fabric was 40 inches wide, so each strip ended up being 20-30 inches long after being gathered.) Repeat for all strips (you should have 4 sets of red/white and 3 of blue).
Begin wrapping your gathered strip around the wreath in a spiraled pattern, hot gluing down every so often (I only glued on the outside edge of the wreath and it held together nicely.) You’ll want to overlap the spiral by an inch or two so that you can’t see the raw stitched edge.
Continue wrapping all the way around until your wreath is covered.
Hang with pride!
I’d love to see what you make! Leave me a note in the comments or share with me on Facebook or Instagram – my links are in the sidebar at the top of the page. Make sure you are following me on Instagram so you can tag me and use hashtag #handmadeisbetter !
Stay tuned, because this isn’t the only crafting I did for his homecoming and I can’t wait to share what else I did with you! Here’s a hint- it tasted delicious!