Ok, y’all- this *might* be my last flannel project of the year…but I better not make any promises. I asked on Facebook if yet another flannel project would be ok, and the “YES” response was overwhelming. So I’m trusting you that it is!
You probably didn’t notice this little nuance, but when I made my flannel hand warmers using the scraps from my table runner, the red flannel scraps were conspicuously absent! That’s because I set them aside (along with a handful of newly thrifted flannel shirts) for this project- I wanted to make a Christmas/Winter Wreath… one that boasted Christmas colors, but wasn’t sooo holiday-themed that it couldn’t stick around through February. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
Creating My Flannel Wreath
I had a straw wreath form leftover from a now-defunct relic of my early blogging days and decided to reuse it for this project. After gathering my flannel shirts and scraps, I measured the thickness of my wreath and cut out strips of flannel fabric that were long enough to wrap around the wreath once with about an inch of overlap. I also somewhat-arbitrarily went with a 3½” width for each strip.
I started out with 4 strips of each of the 4 shirts I ended up using. I ironed the strips (they were pretty wrinkled from my half-baked rolled/folding method I used during storage) and then did a quick ¼” hem on one long side of each fabric strip. Then, I wrapped the first strip around the wreath, pulled it taut (but not stretched), and pinned it in place.
Then, I simply applied a little hot glue to secure it and removed the pins. Ta-da, first strip done!
I continued to do the same thing over and over again, carefully overlapping over the raw edge, so only the hemmed edge was visible. Sometimes I like a frayed/raw edge, but I wanted something cleaner for this project.
And then I was done! I ended up needing 2 more strips than I originally cut, and decided to hem both edges of the final strip (that wider red one on the lower left). I also trimmed it into a long triangle before hemming- think of a long narrow pizza slice. Doing so and hemming it along both edges made a big difference in the end, I think- nice and clean and it fit the remaining space perfectly.
For the last step, I decided to forego the typical bow route- I’m just not a “big bow” kind of gal. I also didn’t think that a big poofy bow would look too spiffy with the cozy, cabin feel of the flannel. So I treated myself to some faux trimmings from the Christmas floral department at Michael’s (or if you want to order online, this set looks perfect!). Some greenery, some flocking, some red berries…
The Big Reveal
And then I hung it up- on our red door, of course! I just love how it turned out!
See what I mean, though? Christmas-y…but not TOO Christmas-y…and definitely winter-y. I recently learned of the Norwegian word “koselig” which effectively means “a sense of coziness”…and I think this wreath embodies the idea of koselig quite nicely.