How to Sew a Christmas Wreath
Make a gorgeous Christmas Wreath using patterns from our fantastic range of Christmas fat quarters. Stuff and plait for an innovative take on the traditional wreath. Follow the tutorial below by Jo Gleeson to find out how!
1. Cut three strips of fabric. Six inches by the width of the fabric.
2. Fold the strip along the long edge, right sides together. Sew one short end and the long edges with a 1/4” seam allowance. You now have a tube. Cut the corner and snip along the long edge.
3. Turn the three tubes inside out. Stuff the tubes with filling. Make sure to leave about two inches at each end without filling (to reduce bulking when joining all edges together.)
Top tip! Use a long stick/scewer/chop stick to help with filling. Be generous with the filling but do not pack it full. It should be a bit stiff and not too fluffy. Join all three ends together with a Pin/safety-pin and braid halfway to check the stuffing. If you think it is too stiff or too fluffy you can correct it at this stage.
4. Fold the fabric of the open short ends to the inside, about 1/2 inch. Stitch (to close the openings). Pin the short end of all three tubes together and stitch. (Note: I was able to do it with the sewing machine but if you find it too hard – because of the bulkiness – you can do it by hand). Braid the stuffed tubes together, making sure you braid nice and tight and stitch together.
5. If you are using buttons that you cover yourself you can ‘fussy cut’ as I have done. Use the template on the reverse of the packet to get the correct size.
6. Making the flowers: Cut a strip of fabric and fold in half. Stitch along bottom edge and then gather tightly. Stitch ends together overlapping slightly. Stitch onto the braided ring. Make as many or as few as you like and decide on placement.
7. Make a bow: Cut a rectangle of fabric twice the width and twice the length of the size you would like your finished bow. Fold long sides into the middle and stitch along both ends. Snip corners and turn right side out.
8. Cut a two strips the width of your finished rectangle and just over the length of your finished bow tails. Fold in half and stitch along longest edge. At one end on each tail stitch at right angle to achieve point. Trim and turn right side out.
9. Gather centre of rectangle and secure. Cut a small rectangle folding sides into the middle and wrap around gather of rectangle, secure with stitching. Attach the tails to the back of the bow.
10. Attach bow to your desired position along with your flowers and buttons. Add a ribbon, hook or thread to the back for hanging on your door or wall.
Enjoy your Christmas Wreath!