Make a Rag Wreath

Ref: C3670938

A mini 6 hour workshop over three sessions will teach the basic skills required to make a decorative wreath. Using contemporary or traditional techniques, including accessory making, a small project will usually be completed.

Course aim

Rag Wreath making is an easy introduction to a traditional recycling craft. The course aims to deliver creative and calming sessions.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

Rag wreath making combines creative thought processes with natural colour therapy, whilst calming the mind. A genuinely therapeutic craft open to all ages and abilities. A short history of rag work will introduce the course, followed by a group discussion on how this craft may impact our lives. An economical way of cutting up t-shirt material and other fabric will be covered, as will the use of traditional tools versus modern versions. Different ways of wreath making will then be demonstrated, prior to students designing their own project. Enhancing the rag wreaths with the addition of ribbons, pom poms and felt flowers will conclude the taught practical skills.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

1) Describe the process of rag wreath making 2) Describe basic rag wreath techniques and the tools required 3) Design a rag wreath project using available materials 4) Apply all of the above in a practical project

How will I know I'm making progress?

Throughout the course Tutor assessment and feedback will be continual. Sharing ideas, designs and practical skills with the group will be encouraged, as will peer and group feedback.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Please bring notepad and pencil/pen. Pinny or apron if desirable - as threads will stick to clothing. To save time (Tutor resources are limited), please bring your own: dressmaking scissors (or a rotary cutter/mat) and a smaller pair of scissors if possible. Also, bring any amount of washed and clean material to use in projects: Least likely to fray: tee-shirts, 'fleece' sweatshirt, or felt. Fray-able material: Coloured or pretty cotton, ie. worn bed linen/ curtains, shirts or dresses - these are best cut up with pinking shears to prevent fraying.

Reading and information sources


What could the course lead to?

A further and longer course in rag rug making.

Download full course outline

Make a Rag Wreath Course Outline


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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