Yes, finally, fall season is upon us. I know lots of bloggers are already posting their fall projects and pumpkin recipes. But I’ve been busy canning my harvest and trying to clean the house after all that canning. I’m getting ready for fall cleaning instead of spring cleaning, I feel like the house needs it more now than it did in the spring. Anyone else feel that way?
So yes, my fall wreath is a little late to the table, but that’s not the only part of this craft that is late. This is my first burlap craft. And it seems like burlap is on its way out…but I hope not, because now that I’ve worked with it, I’m in love.
Not only is burlap really inexpensive, it’s super easy to work with and comes in lots of great colors. I decided to go with the natural color, but seriously considered the ivory or dark brown. Maybe I’ll try one of those colors next.
My grandma recently gave me a ton of satin that she has been storing for years (she never throws anything away). I wasn’t sure what to do with all the satin but I thought it would be a good contrast against the rough burlap.
The last bit of this craft are some dried apples. I dehydrated the apples last year, but I did way too many and they needed to be used up as well.
Even if you don’t have these supplies on hand, they aren’t that expensive and you don’t need much. Only a half a yard of the burlap, a quarter (even an eighth) of a yard of two colors of satin and 6 dried apple rings. Of course you’ll also need a wreath form (pool noodles are on clearance right now), some hot glue, and a sewing machine. Technically you could do this project without a sewing machine, but it would take a little more work.
I wanted to add some of this blue, but it didn’t give off a fall vibe, so I left it out of the final project. Cut the burlap into 4 inch strips. Cut the outer color of satin in 3 inch strips and the inner color in 2.5 inch strips. I cut two strips of each fabric to make sure I had enough to go all the way around the wreath form. I only used a few inches from the second strip. The actual length you need will depend on the size of your wreath form.
Wrap the burlap around the wreath form. Pin it in place.
Fold the satin strips in half, wrong sides together. I used my serger because I have a ruffling foot, so it will automatically ruffle the fabric evenly. If you are using a sewing machine, zigzag the edges then sew a straight stitch just inside the zigzag stitch. Make sure the stitch is the longest possible (like a 6). When you are finished sewing the length of the strips, grab just the bobbin thread and gently pull to create a ruffle. Make sure you spread out the ruffle throughout the length of the strip so it is even. Then secure the threads to hold the ruffle.
I did say you could omit this step, and you could, but it would mean ruffling the folded satin and gluing directly to the form without making sure the ruffle was even, and making sure to catch both edges in the glue.
Don’t place the glue right on the top of the curve, but just down from the top curve. And only put a little glue on the form at a time. Put your outer color on first. Then glue just under the hem of the fabric for the second layer. I added a layer of bias tape to hide the seam of the inner fabric. You could leave it raw if that fits your design aesthetic.
All that’s left is the apple flowers. There isn’t really anything tricky about these, just work with the apple rings. Mine were slightly soft so I could bend them without tearing them. I just worked around the circle with an accordion fold (back and forth). Open it up and let it fall naturally.
Just add a dab of glue on a full apple ring. Apply that ring to the wreath. Place the folded apple ring in the middle. Repeat with as many rings as you want. Remember, the typical rule for design is stick with odd numbers. Also, look for an awkward spot on the wreath to cover up with the flowers. I placed mine over the section where the burlap strips overlapped.
Have fun with it!