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.
Next, I measured around the thickness of the wreath.
And then I measured the circumference of the entire wreath circle.
My 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.
Here 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.
Once my tube was stitched, I turned it right side out. It looked like a very glamorous snake at this point.
To 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.
When my circle was covered, I had a few extra inches of fur, which I cut off, tucking the edges in.
I 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)!
Of 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!