A quick last minute 4th of July diy!

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A few weeks ago I came up with an idea for this wreath based on two facts: I had leftover fabric from one project and I love Fourth of July! I actually made up two of these in a weekend morning. Nothing like a fast project to make you fill accomplished!

Anyways, here's a quick how to after the jump…

Materials Needed:

  • 3 Fat quarters (one blue, one red, one white or tan depending on the look your going for, I also used a batik fabric for the blue and the red actually has a tone on tone print. This adds a nice texture to the wreath)
  • 1 Embroidery hoop (I had some that I picked up from our local thrift shop for $.50, my wreath was 8" in diameter)
  • Rotary cutter or scissors
  • Cutting mat and ruler (if using rotary cutter)
  • White card stock for stars
  • Star Template (Download Startemplates)
  • Hot glue
  • Pen or Marker

 

Directions:

  1. Start by taking one of your fat quarters and begin cutting it into strips (tip: iron your fabric first, I also only used half of one fat quarter to make one wreath. You could use more strips or less strips to fill your wreath to your desired liking.) Cut your fat quarter into 1" x 22"  strips. Repeat for all colors. You may want to start by only cutting up half of your fat quarter which equals about 9 strips.

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        2. Next take your strips and cut them in half. You will end up with 1" x 11" strips and   double the amount you had (ex. if you cut 9 strips you will now have 18 strips). Repeat with all strips. Set them aside.

4th of july wreath illustrations-02            3. Next grab your embroidery hoop and mark a quarter of the circle on the left upper part of the hoop. See illustration below.

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              4. Starting with your blue strips tie (make a knot with it on the top side) them starting at the mark on the left side. Continue filling the space with the blue strips until you reach the mark along the center top of the hoop. 

              5. Next take a red strip and tie next to the blue at the top of the hoop. Repeat with 2 more red strips. 

              6. After the third red strip, add 3 white, then 3 red, continuing alternating in this manner until you have filled the hoop to your liking. 

              7. Print out the star templates or directly onto white card stock and cut out desired number of stars (I went with 3). Pre-arrange stars on to the blue part of the wreath until you are satisfied with the look of it and hot glue in place. Hang and enjoy! 

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