How To Make Covers To Store Wreaths
It’s one thing to store wreaths, but you need to protect them from moisture and dust too! So that’s where this month’s episode idea came from! It’s really easy to make your own wreath covers and I’m going to show you how!
- fabric shower curtain*
- 1/4″ elastic*
- swivel towel bar*
- sewing machine
- fabric markers (I got ‘neon’.)
- safety pin
You’ll definitely want a fabric shower curtain so you can easily iron and sew it. Also-the price on the elastic goes up and down. When I bought mine it was the same price as buying in a store ($5). So just consider that before ordering online!
One thing that makes this project so great is that precision is not necessary! You don’t have to measure anything! Eyeballing is enough!
Cut Curtain to Size
The first step is to cut the 72″x72″ shower curtain into 4 equal parts. Then cut a roughly 45 degree angle on each corner to create…a stop sign!
Cut smaller corners for larger wreaths and this size or similar for smaller wreaths. The whole point of this is to help make the cover rounder after we install the elastic later on.
OK, so you need to create a channel on each edge of your octagonal cover. The easiest way I found to do this is to hold your elastic in place while you fold the cover over and iron the seam. It doesn’t have to be the exact same all the way around, but you do want it to be wider than the elastic.
Depending on which part of the curtain you’re working with, you may have a channel already in place. I was able to utilize the top of the curtain (where the curtain rings would normally go) as a channel without creating a new one on that edge.
Once you have all edges ironed, you’ll need to snip off the corners where the newly ironed seams overlap. It should be pretty obvious where you folded the corner one way to iron one edge and then folded the same corner again to iron the adjoining edge. If you stitch them the way they are, you won’t have an open channel to thread the elastic through.
Now whip out your sewing machine for some quick stitches.
Again, you don’t have to be precise or make it pretty. Just make sure you’re leaving enough room for the elastic. I definitely recommend using a zigzag stitch. I started with a straight, basic stitch and the fabric slipped right through it!
Using the fabric markers, fabric paints or whatever you want, draw or write on each cover to label which wreath goes inside! I drew a Christmas tree, a pink flower for spring/summer, an orange leaf for fall, and then wrote “Mardi Gras” for my 4 wreaths.
Pin a regular-sized safety pin to one end of your elastic. Then feed it through the channel an inch or so at a time. So easy! Once you’ve made it all the way around, overlap the elastic ends and stitch them together before cutting the excess elastic.
You can shift the cover around to evenly distribute the elastic before putting your cover on the appropriate wreath!
Install Towel Bar
The last trick is to install a 4-arm towel bar to hang the wreaths with new covers! The one I ordered from Amazon just required 2 screws, so it was easy-peasy to install on a stud in my garage. If you’re installing on drywall, it came with the appropriate drywall anchors to install before the screws.
Add a wreath to each arm, swiveling them open to keep them flat against the wall!
It’s not the most beautiful project I’ve made or shared, but it’s so practical! And sometimes that’s all you want or need! 🙂 I hope this helps you store your wreaths throughout the year. Please share any wreath hacks you’ve learned in the comments!
Thanks for Checking In! ~Chelsea
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