Whether you have leftover scraps of material that you’re looking for a use for or you want a dazzling new addition to your Christmas décor this year, follow these instructions for a beautiful festive wreath made from fabric:
You will need:
Material of your choice
18” wire wreath frame
Any adornments such as berries, bows and bells!
- Cut your chosen fabric into strips of about 1”x6” and sort into piles of matching colour and pattern if you’re using scraps. Alternatively, for a luxurious wreath, treat yourself to some special Christmas Designer Fabrics from http://www.higgsandhiggs.com
- Take each strip of material and tie it in a knot around the wire frame, alternating between colours and patterns if you’ve chosen different fabrics.
- Push the knotted strips close together as you work your way around the wire frame.
- Once the whole of the frame is filled, you can then think about what decorations you want to add. Bows and bells can be added with a quick needle and thread or you can use wire or hot glue.
- Hanging your wreath is easy as it will simply slip over a standard wall picture hanging.
Steps to make a braided Christmas wreath:
If you’d rather have a braided wreath and not a hanging strips design, then try these easy steps for created a pretty wreath using festive fabric:
Three different strips of various Christmas patterned fabric approximately 9” by 57”
Fibre fill stuffing
Sewing machine, thread, needle, scissors and safety pins
- Cut each of the three strips roughly 6” x 57”
- Fold each strip length wise along one edge, putting right sides together.
- Sew one of the short ends and one of the long edges with a ¼” seam. This should now give you a tube shape.
- Cut the corner and along the long edge.
- Turn the material inside out and stuff with the fibre filling. Leave a gap at the ends of each tube so it doesn’t puff out when sewing ends together. Make sure the tube is slightly stiff but not overfilled.
- Join up all three ends with a safety pin and plait into a braid.
- Fold up the open short ends to the inside and stitch to close.
- Join up the three short ends, pin and stitch closed in the same way.
- Braid the tubes tightly and hold the three ends with safety pins.
- Position the braid into a loop, making sure the seams aren’t visible.
- Stitch by hand, making sure all ends are joined together, closing the looped braid into a circle.
- You can add a bow to the top centre or bottom centre. Also add on any embellishments you have such as Christmas ornaments hanging into the centre of the wreath or from the bottom.
- Now you’re ready to hang your wonderful handcrafted wreath so stand back and admire your hard work!