Spring Wreath

It’s not quite spring, but I was tired of the winter wreath that I on my porch, so I crafted a new one.

Even though it is officially still winter, seeing this wreath each day when I come home gives me hope that spring is almost here.
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It didn’t take long to craft this wreath because the yo-yos were left over from a long ago project.  I found a fat quarter of coordinating fabric from my mother-in-law’s fabric stash and cut it into 2 inch strips using a quilting ruler and rotary cutter.
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I glued one end of the strip to the wreath and wrapped, gluing again when I got to the end of the strip.
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After I added the second strip, you can see that the strips began to overlap.  Doing it this way keeps the fabric smooth.
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A third strip covers a bit more…
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A fat quarter of strips covered the wreath exactly with no extra at all.
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I then glued on the yo-yos in pleasing pattern.  (Click here for a yo-yo tutorial.)
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I didn’t have any ribbon on hand that coordinated with this wreath, so I went back to my mother-in-law’s fabric stash to see what I could find.  I found several pieces of fabric that matched perfectly that she must have used to bind a quilt at one point or another. 

I stacked two of the pieces, looped them around the wreath, tied a knot, trimmed the ends and I had a coordinating bow.

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Are you wondering why I had yo-yos on hand?  Long ago I decorated the back of a sweatshirt in a design similar to the one shown below.  I spend hours hand sewing yo-yo after yo-yo.  I used a white sweatshirt cut up the front to make a cardigan.  I trimmed each side of the cut edges on the front with fabric.  For the back, I used fabric to form a flower pot and then I hand sewed on the yo-yos to make the flowers.  In between the flowers, I hand sewed green rick-rack to make stems.  My creation was so 1990’s gorgeous!  Then I washed it and the fabric that I had not prewashed bled all over the sweatshirt, ruining it.  All that work down the drain!  Live and learn!  My sweatshirt inspiration was found in the box with the leftover yo-yos.  Fashion sure has changed!
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Comments

  1. What a great idea! So pretty.

  2. Your 90s fashion creation is AWESOME! That’s terrible how it got ruined, but pretty darn awesome you’ve had the remnants of the project for that long – AND made something super cool out of it! Love it!

  3. I’m trying to hold off on my spring wreath just because we still have so many weeks of winter left. Yours looks so pretty and fresh for spring.

  4. FrouFrouBritches says:

    OH NO! It bled and was ruined? That breaks my heart! Hours of work for nothing!

    Love the wreath! I need to make something for spring. I’m soooo ready. It’s supposed to by 74 today. Woo Hoo!

    BTW, you have a blog award on my post today, just so ya know.

  5. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    I think it is just plain awesome that you can turn a Fashion Fail into a Decor Score!! (I think I just coined a new turn here!) Your wreath is gorgeous, Paula. 🙂 Thank you so much for the sweet comment you left today on my blog’s birthday post. 🙂

  6. Love it Paula! Its so ridiculously cute!!!!

    xoXOxo
    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  7. Wendy @ Ramblings from the Sunshine State says:

    That turned out really cute! I am in the midst of making one for my daughters rainbow party 🙂

  8. You are so talented! I love the wreath! It’s funny how quickly fashions do change, but I bet it was a beauty the one time you wore it 🙂

  9. Karen At Home says:

    What a cute wreath Paula! Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. BTW, I featured this post on my Friday Favorites 🙂
    http://mymississippimudpie.blogspot.com/2011/02/friday-favorites.html
    Have a great weekend Paula!
    -Sarah @ MIssissippi Mud

  11. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    Lovin’ those yo yos, Paula. 🙂 Thanks for linking up with me. 🙂

  12. Domestic Designer says:

    What a great idea! I am so ready for Spring. Maybe a new wreath is just what I need. Thanks for the inspiration!

  13. Rambling Girl says:

    Love it!

    I have been making some yo yo’s for a wreath I am working on for the last week or so…I saw one and thought they were cute and easy enough for me to make.

  14. reasonstoskipthehousework says:

    Featured your wreath in my post about Spring Wreaths! Thanks for such a great idea!

    http://reasonstoskipthehousework.blogspot.com/2011/02/spring-wreath.html

    Smiles,
    Melanie

    http://reasonstoskipthehousework.blogspot.com
    skipthehousework@hotmail.com

  15. So Pretty!! I’m with you, time to usher in Spring!! Thanks for visiting me…I have enjoyed reading your posts.

  16. Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea says:

    Very pretty.

  17. making life a Bliss says:

    Cute I love the fabric wreath. Glad I came over from CSI to check this out!

  18. how gorgeous is this! I’ve been searching for ideas for a new spring wreath and this is the nicest I’ve seen! TFS

  19. This is beautiful, Paula!

  20. reFresh reStyle says:

    Paula, love this! Have a wonderful week!
    Debbie

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