Happy Fall everyone! Today I’m sharing how I created a Fall Monogram Wreath using a quilting hoop and my grandmother’s pant.
Yes, my grandmother’s pants. Keep reading and I’ll explain.
The inspiration for the Fall Monogram Wreath came from a rather odd place.
My grandmother’s orange linen suit pants.
Yep. I deconstructed her beautiful pants and used the fabric to create rosettes for my new wreath.
Not only did I use the pants but the rest of the project was made from other random items found in my stash. The wreath form is a very old quilt loom. The cream fabric is an old kitchen curtain.
Step 1 – Get your “wreath” ready!
After ironing out all the wrinkles, I stretched the curtain fabric over the inside frame and secured it by tightening the outside frame using the screw at the top. It took a little tugging to get the fabric smooth and tight. Cut a 2 inch edge around the edge of the loom. This will get rid of excess fabric and create a pretty ruffled edge.
Step 2 – Paint your Monogram
Print your monogram letter from your computer. Or trace it from your monitor screen like I did. Must buy ink.
My letter’s font was “Harrington”. The size was 550. Use the print out to decide where you would like to place the monogram letter on the fabric.
To transfer the image of the letter to the fabric, flip the page over and use a heavy hand to shade the back of the letter with a pencil.
Turn the letter back over and trace the monogram onto the fabric using a pencil. **Place a thick book with a protective piece of paper on it under the fabric. This will give you a hard surface for tracing and painting.**
Then paint in the letter using acrylic paint.
A few random circles to add interest.
Step 3 – Add rolled fabric flowers (from Grandmother’s pants!)
Here’s the linen dress pants. Great color. Awesome fabric. FREE!
Cut 1″ – 2″ wide strips from the pants to make the rosettes.
Begin the rolled fabric flower by running a 1″ long, thin line of hot glue at the end of the strip of fabric. Then make several small folds. You are basically rolling up the fabric to create the center of the rose. Secure the fabric roll to felt with more hot glue.
Then start to twist-wrap-glue the strip around the center to make the rosette. The more strips of fabric the larger the flower will be.
BONUS: The pants were lined so I was able to make linen and satin rolled fabric flowers!
Step 4 – Decorate the “wreath” and add a ribbon bow
Along with the fabric rolled flowers, I added a small crocheted circle.
Don’t worry. I saved the suit jacket. I might wear it over a new top or I might make pumpkins for my fall mantel.
If you see my Grandmother, make sure to tell her those suit pants look lovely on my front porch. She will no doubt think I have strung them up on the front porch flag pole. 😉