A Furrific Winter Wreath

I am not good about decorating for the holidays. I love the idea of it, but when I think about how temporary it all is, and how I will drag my behind when it comes to taking everything back down and putting it away, I am filled with dread. So I’ve been wracking my brain for a wreath idea that will have a winter theme rather than a Christmas one, so I can leave it up longer. And then a few days ago, while scanning the shelves of my sewing room, I found myself gazing at my little collection of faux fur scraps. It seems like almost any time I work with fur, I end up with a big chunk left over, and because it’s costly, I ALWAYS keep it. Well, now it’s time to put that fur to work! All I needed for this project was a piece a little smaller than 40 x 7 inches.

Here’s how my wreath came to be:

First, I used an inexpensive steak knife to saw through the foam wreath form.

Once I had cut through the whole thing, the opening popped apart a little, which is perfect for sliding the fur on.

2-fur-wreath.jpgNext, I measured around the thickness of the wreath.

3-fur-wreath.jpgAnd then I measured the circumference of the entire wreath circle.

4-fur-wreath.jpgMy wreath was about 5 5/8 inches thick and 37 1/2 inches around, so I measured out a 6 1/4 by 40 inch rectangle on my fur, marking it with a permanent marker on the wrong side of the fabric.

5-fur-wreath.jpgTo cut faux fur, it’s best to cut from the wrong side, sliding the blade of your scissors underneath the nap of the fur. This will help prevent fuzzy bits of fluff from flying all over your work area, and will retain almost all of your fur.

6-fur-wreath.jpgHere you can see how carefully cutting from the wrong side preserves your faux fur fabric — there aren’t very many stray bits of fur at all.

Next, I sewed my rectangle into a long tube, tucking the fur into the seam as I went.

8-fur-wreath.jpgOnce my tube was stitched, I turned it right side out. It looked like a very glamorous snake at this point.

9-fur-wreath.jpgTo get my tube of fur onto the wreath form, I slid it onto one of the cut ends of the circle, and worked it onto the form, sliding a little on at a time and working the bulk of it around the circle.

10-fur-wreath.jpgWhen my circle was covered, I had a few extra inches of fur, which I cut off, tucking the edges in.

11-fur-wreath.jpgI used a quick slip stitch to join the cut ends of my fur and close the circle up.

To dress things up, I tied a satin ribbon around a piece of black tulle and made a bow, then pinned it onto my wreath. Voila! A piece of decor I can leave up well into February without looking like I’m just lazy (even though I am)!

13-fur-wreath.jpgOf course, this wreath can’t live outside for very long on our uncovered porch, so I moved it indoors, where I will enjoy it all winter long.

I love that this is an easy, quick projects — perfect for the holiday decor remedial like me!

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