With 3 kids, I have a ton of swimming noodles. Some in good condition...some others have seen better days. What to do with these not so nice noodles? Make a wreath of course.
I cannot take credit for this idea actually. This month's Country Living
magazine had a few ideas on what to use pool noodles for other than the standard floatation device. Also, Sew to Speak had a cute yarn version of this wreath (with a wreath form) as a class awhile ago. So I took those ideas and tweaked to come up with this.
So here goes...
First take the tube and bend into a circle. Get the handy-dandy duck tape and tape away. I actually taped and set mine down for a few hours and then came back to it and the duck tape had wiggled/pulled down a bit and the circle was now an oval. To fix that, just add some tape long ways as well as around the 2 connecting ends.
Then I found a bunch of scrap fabric. I choose a variety so that it would be super colorful. You can use all the same fabric if you like too. You need to cut 3" wide strips. I ended up using 14 yards of 3" strips to cover this. It is really long but I would think 1 yard cut into 3" strips of all one type of fabric would probably work.
Then sew all your pieces together. I used about a 1/2" seam allowance. Press seams open and then iron lengthwise.
Now comes the fun part. I liked this so much better than the yarn version because I get bored easily and this goes so much quicker wrapping with fabric. I used straight pins (dressmaker variety) to attach my end. Duck tape would work too. (See my extra duck tape I had to add to keep it in a circle.)
When you get all the way around, use some more pins to secure the end fabric.
Ok now onto some decoration for it. I cut some felt leaves.
I made some felt flowers.
The pin is just to hold it together so you can baste the bottom secure. Using a hand needle, sew back and forth along the bottom so all of the layers are secure. Then you can cut the flower open.
I actually used pins to attach my flowers so I could reuse them down the road when I get bored and want to change things up again. Or you could use a hot glue gun to really secure them down. I did that on a previous yarn wreath and it worked like a charm. I tried adding a little bird too but then decided against it....too busy? Anyway...get an old pool noodle and give this a try!
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