Hem all raw edges of the fabric by either pressing and sewing a 1/2″ hem or using a product such as stitch-witchery.
To begin the swag, create small pleats on one short end of the fabric, pinning as you go.
Stitch, or glue folds into place, attaching to the bottom left of the wreath form using glue – You could use craft glue for this, but I’m an immediate gratification kind of girl and used hot glue. Yes, I burned myself trying to place it, so do this carefully.
Stretch the other end of the fabric across the wreath and gather together. Secure the pleats to the wreath form in the top right corner using a coordinating color pipe cleaner.
Take the bottom right corner of the remaining fabric and tuck, securing with glue under the gather, creating a swag.
Embellishments include a large fabric flower, raffia strands, and three 5-point stars, created from cardboard and painted in what else? Red, white and blue!
To create the flower, begin by downloading and printing out this template. Cut two of each size from three coordinating fabrics, therefore creating six petals.
To assemble, starting with the largest shape, pinch one of the heart shaped petals together at the base. Using a needle and thread, sew through the pinch from behind, taking about three or four stitches to secure, therefore creating a gather. Repeat on each of the remaining two petals and tie off. Repeat on each of your petals.
Stack petals in a staggered pattern, largest to smallest, and secure with thread. Go here for a video and fuller explanation.
When finished, apply the flower directly on the swag at the attachment point on the top right, thereby hiding the attachment. Add the raffia, by wrapping around and under the flower and glue to secure.
To create the five point stars, begin by downloading and printing the template. On a thick card stock – I used a recycled cereal box – trace and cut out the three stars. On each of the three stars, gently score from tips to center. There will be five score lines per star. Gently push and fold on the score line for each star.
To “age” the stars, brush very lightly in black along the score line of each star. Let dry.
To complete, apply a light coat of each red, white and blue craft paint, one to each star. Let dry.
Apply a clear coat for protection.
Glue the stars to the wreath.
Hang – and enjoy your holiday! Happy 4th of July!
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