Turn your scrap fabric into a beautiful rag wreath! This same rag wreath technique works to create wreaths for any time of the year!
I love making wreaths! They’re so much fun because they offer a wide range of possibilities. You can work with burlap, yarn, leaves, coffee filters (it’s true!), and more to create a beautiful personalized piece of decor you can’t wait to display year after year.
Although I have made many different wreaths over the years and have several tutorials on this site, none are quite like this one.
For this wreath, I decided that I wanted to take fabric strips and make a rag wreath with my Cricut. And, to make it even more fun, I created a bunny shape that’s perfect for spring or Easter!
How To Make A Easter Rag Wreath
Making a rag wreath is a simple process anyway, but it’s even easier when you use Cricut hand tools.
You can make this rag wreath tutorial in a bunny shape as shown or just a wreath for any time of the year. Once you learn how to make a rag wreath, you might just make one for every season of the year. This is also a fantastic way to use up fabric scraps so start saving those from all of your projects!
Here’s everything you’ll need to make a wreath using this method.
- Cricut Fabric
- Wire wreath forms in two sizes
- Cricut TrueControl Knife
- Cricut Iron-on in pink
- Cricut Self-Healing Mat
- Cricut Cutting Ruler
- 60 mm Cricut Rotary Cutter
- Cricut Acrylic Ruler
- Hot glue and a glue gun
- Cricut EasyPress
- EasyPress Mat
- Burlap ribbon
- Fabric Scissors
Cricut’s Line Of Hand Tools
The Cricut machine has a huge range of capabilities, but we are actually not going to use a Cricut machine for this project. Only the Cricut hand tools!
If you don’t know it already, Cricut also offers a wide range of amazing hand tools that will make your crafting easier. Some of the ones that we will be using today are:
- Cricut TrueControl Knife – Get better control and amazing precision with this craft knife. I love the ergonomic feel of this knife and also the blade changing system where you never have to touch the blade. Also, it does not roll! If you think a craft knife is a craft knife, think again! This one will change your crafting life for the better.
- Cricut Self-Healing Mat – These doubled sided mats are gorgeous on one side and have a great grid pattern for measuring on the other. A self-healing mat is a must in any craft space, in my opinion, and this is a gorgeous one as well as a useful addition to your supplies.
- 60 mm Cricut Rotary Cutter – This rotary cutter is symmetrically designed to work well for both left and right-handed users. It has a sliding cover with a quick-release button to cover your blade when you’re not using it.
- Cricut Cutting Ruler – The absolute best thing about this ruler is the protective guard that shields your hands from sharp cutting tools. You will also love the nonslip base that helps keep this one in place while cutting a wide range of materials.
- Cricut Acrylic Ruler – This is another must-have in my craft room. A see-through ruler like this one makes measurements super easy and the measurement marks in 1/8″ increments help make precision cuts easier!
I thought I would share this tutorial for how to make a rag wreath with a quick video tutorial to help all the visual learners. Y’all enjoy!
How To Make A Bunny Rag Wreath
If you can’t watch the video or missed some of the steps, I also wrote out all the directions! Be sure to follow along with the step-by-step rag wreath instructions below.
Making The Bunny Ears
I actually made the ears first then made the rag wreath itself. Here’s what I did.
Cut cardboard with the TrueControl knife into the shape of a bunny ear.
You just need the ears to be proportional to whatever form you are using for the head portion of the wreath.
Cut two identical ears from the cardboard.
Then, cut the white fabric slightly larger than each of the ears with fabric scissors.
Next, we are going to add a center to each of the ears. I decided to use pink Cricut Iron-on for this part. I just cut it to size with a pair of scissors.
Again, you will need two identical pieces.
Place the white ears on the EasyPress mat with the iron-on on top of them.
Press for the recommended time and temperature according to the Cricut Interactive Guide. You can read all about how to use the EasyPress for projects like these here!
Once the press is complete, remove the carrier sheet from both ears.
Now turn over the white fabric piece and place the cardboard on top.
Use hot glue to wrap the white fabric around the cardboard ear. The back of the ear will be against your door so you do not need to finish the back. But you can add another piece of fabric if you would like.
At a minimum, your ear should look finished from both the front and the sides.
Finish the other bunny ear before moving on to make the wreath.
Rag Wreath Instructions
Now we need to complete the rag wreath. You will need to gather several fabrics for this project. I used white and several different shades of pink. You can pick whatever colors you like, so go grab those scraps and use them up!
First, measure the fabric to determine your cuts. You can use the acrylic or cutting ruler. You will need to cut your fabric into approximately 1- x 6-inch strips. Pull back on the button to reveal your rotary cutter.
Then use the rotary cutter to cut your fabric. I started by cutting my fabric into long 6-inch long strips then cut those into 1-inch wide pieces.
Use the back of your self-healing mat to help with guidelines and one of the rulers to guide your rotary cutter.
Tip: You can cut several layers of the material at one time making the process of cutting fabric strips much faster because you’ll need quite a few pieces (the exact number depends on your wreath frame size and the fabric you use).
Continue until you have several piles of strips from different types of fabrics.
Start tying the strips onto your wreath. These look better random so be sure to vary the strip locations around the wreath.
Continue tying and filling both wreath forms until you are happy with the look. This will take a while, so put on a movie and tie while you watch (or rock out to your favorite tunes)!
Then you want to tie the two wreaths together with a few extra strips of fabric. Just thread these strips through the bottom of the head and the top of the body wreath and tie them together.
Once everything is tied together, use additional hot glue to secure your ears into place.
Tuck the ears into the wreath a little when gluing so that the bottom is not visible.
I felt that my rag wreath needed a little something else so I added a burlap bow around the neck. This is optional!
Tie into a large bow and cut off any excess.
Then, just hang your rag wreath on your door and celebrate Easter in style!
Now that you know how to make a rag wreath, you can change this up for every season! Be sure to save all of your fabric scraps from other projects.
A rag wreath DIY is just what you need to bring a little spring to your home!
Here are a couple of questions that I see readers ask about projects like this one. If you have a question, please check to see if I’ve already answered it below. Don’t see it? Please leave it for me in the comments!
What size strips for rag wreath?
I have found that strips 1-inch wide by 6-inches long work the best when making rag wreaths. They’re short enough to be manageable but also long enough to fill in the empty space on your wreath frame.
However, if you want a slightly different, chunkier look, you could cut your strips 1.5 inches wide.
How can I make this wreath for other holidays or times of the year?
You could easily change out the colors and the ear shape to make a cute dog, frog, or another animal.
If you want to use the same basic process to make a wreath you can use every day, follow the instructions I provide for my Fall Burlap Wreath. It’s the same basic tying process, and you can just replace the burlap with another fabric of your choice.
Have fun with your fabric choices! Because you’re tying the fabric instead of displaying it in uncut form, you can feel free to play around with using bold prints for holidays or any time of the year.
I love how this bunny turned out and I think you will love it as well! Using the Cricut hand tools makes creating a rag wreath like this one even easier.
Y’all enjoy and feel free share this post with any friends who might like to see how to make a fabric rag wreath as well.
More Crafting Inspiration
Love this rag wreath tutorial and want more great ideas? Try the links below!
- 50 Cricut How To Videos to Master Your Machine
- Cricut Easter Projects with Free SVG Files
- Zipper Pouch Tutorial with the Cricut Maker
- How to Use Cricut Iron-On Vinyl with the EasyPress
- Start with the bunny ears. Use the TrueControl knife to cut the cardboard into the shape of a bunny ear. Cut two identical ear shapes, keeping them proportional to the wreath frame size.
- Use the fabric scissors to cut out your white fabric in the same shape but slightly bigger than the cardboard ear pieces.
- Use a pair of scissors to cut pieces of the pink Cricut Iron-on, keeping the shape similar but cutting out pieces smaller than the white fabric to look like the inside of the ear.
- Then place the white ears on the EasyPress mat with the iron-on on top of them. Press and remove the carrier sheet from both ears.
- Finish your bunny ears by using hot glue to wrap the white fabric around the cardboard ear.
Rag Wreath Instructions
- Gather your fabric and measure it to determine your cuts, using either the acrylic or cutting ruler. I recommend cutting strips that are 6 inches long and 1 inch wide.
- Tye the strips to your wreath, making sure to add the different fabrics to your wreath in a random pattern.Add more strips until you are happy with how your wreath looks.
- Tie your two wreath frames together using extra strips of fabric.
- Secure your ears into place with hot glue.
- If you want to add a bow around the neck, wrap your burlap (or other) ribbon and tie it into a bow.
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