Over the last several weeks, either through my Instagram feed, this blog, or just in conversations with friends, the subject of how to make a Cranny door sweater has popped up. And so, here is a simple tutorial just for you. (I have to be honest, I do things a little bit differently for the door sweaters that are sold in my shop. I can't give all of my secrets away, right?) My favorite Cranny door sweater yarn and ruffle combination, currently, is this one. However, I didn't have any red velvet on hand and decided to use another favorite fabric and yarn combination for today's tutorial. (p.s. I love this over sized yellow and black checked fabric so much that it also has doubled as our tree skirt!) I promise you, if you can sew one straight line, you've got this thing covered. Ready? Here's what you need to know. . .
// 1 // Begin wrapping your wreath by tucking the tail of the yarn under three or four wraps of the yarn. I've found that the most effective way to wrap a wreath is just by pulling the entire skein of yarn through the wreath each.and.every.time. I know. (But, hear me out: when I first began making yarn wreaths, I wrapped them in different segments with several long pieces of yarn. My yarn tangled easily and it did not give the wreath a solid look. So, no bueno.) I recommend wrapping your wreath three times. I know, I know! The good news is that your wreath will look marvelous when you are finished. You won't have hands left, but you'll have a great looking wreath, ha!
// 2 // After you've finished wrapping your wreath, cut two pieces of fabric, 5"x24", and 8"x22", give or take. // 3 // With your sewing machine on the highest tension + stitch settings, // 4 // sew a straight line down the middle of each fabric piece, making sure to back stitch at the beginning, but also making sure not to back stitch at the end. Leave a 6" tail of thread at the end. // 5 // Find the bottom thread of the tail and begin gently pulling, creating a ruffle in your fabric. // 6 // You should end up with two nicely ruffled pieces of fabric! Secure the ends by tying a knot with the threads. (Measure the pieces around your wreath before tying the threads off. // 7 // Attach the larger piece first, securing it with a straight pin, followed by the same process with the smaller ruffle. // 8 // You're finished!
(Additional notes: If you plan to wrap your wreath three times, plan to have two skeins of yarn on hand. If you plan to only wrap your wreath twice, one skein of yarn should do the trick. // Concerning the ruffle, if your fabric is lightweight, cut both pieces the same length, just differing widths, and sew them together. The frustration with heavier fabrics is that, if you try and sew two pieces together, you'll find that, during the ruffling process, your thread will break often, making you start the process all over again! Lightweight fabrics, such as seersucker, (some) felt, and flannel, make it possible for the ruffle to be sewn with the layers together.)