Crafty tutorial: All-American Denim & Flowers Wreath and Denim & Ruffles Topiary celebrate July 4th

What can you make with your old jeans? How about repurposing your old jeans to make an all-American, Patriotic Denim Wreath and Patriotic Denim Topiary Cone? Not only will you repurpose your jeans, but these are quick and easy crafts, too. I made this duo in about two hours, so you can create these tonight and have them on display by tomorrow. Let’s get crafting!

Patriotic decor made with old jeans. All-American, and easy, too.

Repurpose old jeans to create new, patriotic decorations.

Give these a whirl – you won’t be disappointed. (If you’d also like to make the Patriotic Rag Balls, we have a tutorial here.)

Here’s what you need to make the Denim & Flowers Wreath:

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 2” x 12” wreath
  • Denim, ¼ yd.
  • Fabric or ribbon for flowers (I used both and my ribbon was 1-5/16” wide)
  • Buttons
  • Tools needed: Scissors OR rotary cutter and mat; sewing machine OR needle & thread; straight pins; low temperature glue gun and glue sticks

To make the Denim & Flowers Wreath:

1. Cut four, 1-1/4” x 58” denim strips. For more frayed edges, roll fabric between hands. Glue one end of fabric strip to back of wreath and wrap around wreath, overlapping edges. When finished, glue other end to back of wreath. Repeat with additional strips till wreath is covered (depending on how tightly you wrap your wreath, you will have some fabric leftover).

July 4th Flowers & Denim Wreath

Wrap fabric strips around wreath, overlapping edges.

2. To make larger fabric flowers, cut 1-1/2” x 8” fabric strips. Using sewing machine or with needle and thread, baste along long edge. Gently pull on bobbin thread to gather fabric. Fabric will curl into a circle, forming flower. Overlap ends and glue. To make smaller flowers, use a 1” wide fabric strip.

Tutorial: Make a ribbon flower

As you gently pull on the bobbin thread, the fabric strip will naturally curve around.

3. To make ribbon flowers (these are the red flowers), repeat Step 2, using an 8” length of ribbon. To make smaller flowers, trim ribbon to 1” wide and use a 7” length.

4. Arrange flowers on wreath, pinning in place till you like your arrangement; glue flowers to wreath. Glue buttons in flower centers. Hint: Several of my buttons had a shiny finish, and I wanted a matte finish. I sprayed my buttons with Krylon Matte Finish before adding to the wreath.

5. To hang the wreath, cut a 3/8” x 8” length of ribbon and fold in half. Pin and glue to back of wreath.

Here’s what you need to make the Denim & Ruffles Topiary:

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 12” x 5” cone
  • Denim, ½ yd.
  • Patriotic fabric, 1/8 yd.
  • Star pick
  • Tools needed: Scissors; rotary cutter and matt (optional); sewing machine & thread; straight pins; low temp glue gun and glue sticks

To make the Denim & Ruffles Topiary:

Wrap denim around cone.

Place cone along fabric edge and wrap in denim.

1. Place cone along edge of denim; roll cone in fabric till covered. Pin to hold in place and cut off excess fabric. Glue fabric on cone. Trim excess fabric around bottom of cone. Trim excess fabric at top of cone, leaving an extra inch or two. Leaving excess fabric at the top will form more of a point, and leave an opening through which to insert the star pick.

How to make a ruffled topiary

Baste down the center of the fabric strip and then gently pull the bobbin thread to make a ruffle.

2. Cut two, 2-1/2” x 40” strips of patriotic fabric. Sew basting stitch down center of fabric strips. To ruffle, gently pull the bobbin thread at the end of the strips (it’s easiest to gather a ruffle when pulling the bobbin thread where you ended stitching vs. the beginning). Continue to carefully pull and ruffle the fabric; do not force it, as the thread will break. You will need a ruffled strip approximately 32” – 36” long to wrap around the cone.

3. Wind the ruffles around the cone, pinning to hold in place. When pleased with appearance, glue ruffled strips in place.

4. Insert star pick into top.

Make one, make both, make something to celebrate Independence Day! How will you celebrate the 4th of July?

Happy crafting!


Linked to:

Tip me Tuesday @ Tip Junkie

Teach Me Tuesday @ The Girl Creative

Sew Cute Tuesday @ Creative Itch 

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11 Responses to Crafty tutorial: All-American Denim & Flowers Wreath and Denim & Ruffles Topiary celebrate July 4th

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  2. Barbara M says:

    I was making one of the spring wreaths with the green fun fur yarn & to conserve yarn I sliced the Styrofoam wreath so I had 2 (1″) thick wreaths! now I know what I will make with my other half!!! 🙂 Love Americana & have lots of jeans to repurpose!

  3. PamB says:

    I love this! It looks so classic American, without being cheesy!! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Cindy says:

    Anything denim is right up
    my alley. I am loving these 2 projects.
    Can’t wait to get crafting!
    Thanks for sharing.

  5. jessica says:

    Very cute, love the topiary. I’m a big fan of patriotic decor and anything ruffled.

  6. eileenhull says:

    Great project. I am always partial to the red, white and blue! Cool rosettes…

  7. wilma dow says:

    Hey Sharon.. I have a square wreathe that I used a while back. I can reuse and make the July 4th wreathe with it. FUN. Money saving and Inspired !!

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