Guest Post: Michele from The Scrap Shoppe

Hello, A Glimpse Inside friends! 
I’m Michele, and I create at The Scrap Shoppe
I’m so happy to be able to be here today to not only share a fun project with you, but to let Allison have some much needed time off to love on that precious new little girl of hers! Allison was sweet enough to guest post for me last year during my bloggy maternity leave, and I so pleased I can returned the favor! 
So, let’s get crafty shall we?

With Memorial Day just behind us and July 4th quickly approaching, my crafts lately seem to revolve around red, white, & blue. I love decorating my house for these patriotic holidays! 
Last year I made a fun ruffled patriotic wreath for the front door, and I thought it would be fun to make something similar in a smaller version for me to carry around with me! 
So I came up with the 
Mini Patriotic Wreath Pin!
I went with the same materials as my previous wreath: Cream burlap, red burlap (spray painted), and denim.

Cut 2.5″ wide strips of the fabrics, then cut the strips into squares then each square into a circle approximately 2 inches in diameter. 

You will need 6 cream, 5 red, and 4 blue circles.

Place a drop of glue (I use Beacon’s Fabri-Tac but you can use hot glue) in the center of one of the circles of fabric. Fold the circle in half then place another drop of glue on the center edge of the half circle. Fold the fabric in half again and hold it closed with a clothespin until the glue has a chance to dry. Repeat with all of the circles of fabric. 

To be sure that the backing of the mini wreath holds up to the weight of the burlap it needs to be made of something a little more substantial than felt which I would normally use for a small pin. So I grabbed some scrap cardboard and traced out a large circle 3″ in diameter and then a smaller circle inside the larger one 1.5″ in diameter.
Cut out both circles.
To make it more aesthetically pleasing, I wrapped the cardboard with thin strips of the denim. 

Remove the clothespins from the folded circles of fabric and start gluing them to the denim ring. Start with the red and white pieces overlapping them slightly. Add in the denim pieces and you should now have filled the entire space. If you have any gaps just cut more circles of fabrics of the color that you need.

We’re going for a flag look, and you can’t have a U.S. flag without some “stars!”
I glued on a few small white buttons to the denim.

Glue a pin to the top center of the back of the wreath. Cover the pin with a piece of scrap denim to help it blend in. 

I think the mini wreath turned out super fun! 
I love the mixture of the burlap with the denim.
It feels very rustic!
You could totally sport it as a brooch.
Or not… 

I think I’ll keep on my denim tote I carry to work! 
I think it makes for a decent mini version of my ruffled patriotic wreath
I do hope you will give this quick and simple mini wreath a try!
And I would love for you all to come visit me sometime at my place.
Thank you so much, Allison, for having me over!
Give that little baby an extra snuggle from me!

  Thanks so much for sharing Michele! 

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  • Natural-Nesters
    May 31, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Super cute!! Love the colored burlap with the denim!

  • Anonymous
    May 31, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    This is the cutest. thing. ever. Love this idea….you can adapt it to any season really. Pinned.

  • Beverly {Flamingo Toes}
    May 31, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    This is so sweet Michele!! I love the denim and the burlap! What a cute little pin.

  • Erin @ Crafts and Sutch
    May 31, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    So super duper cute! 😉

  • Gina
    May 31, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    You are the smartest, craftiest lil gal! love this!!

  • Michele {The Scrap Shoppe}
    June 1, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Thanks for all the love, ladies! And thanks for having me over, Allison! I hope you're having a wonderful time with your new little one! *hugs*

  • Tracy Suzanne
    June 1, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Love, love, love and adore this cute pin from Michele. I just pinned it and can't wait to make it. It's so cute and different. Thanks for having Michele guest host Jennifer. And thank you Michele for that great step-by-step tutorial!

    Hugs…Tracy @ Cotton Pickin Cute

  • Daffy's Dream
    June 1, 2012 at 11:53 am

    thats beautiful one, i love the color combo! thanks for sharing.

  • Tammy
    June 2, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    This is absolutely adorable! I love it and Michele is just so super talented too 🙂

  • Diane
    June 2, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Love. Love. Love. Michelle you did it again!!!
    Thanks sooo much! This will make some great gifts too!

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    June 26, 2012 at 7:56 pm

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  • danamom
    July 19, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Hoq rorally cute This I would actually wear and you coould do the same patters with orange, purple and black for Halloween, red green and white for Christmas just make 5 of each color and rotate them….put a charm of the season in the center and voila`!