I had a number of people ask exactly how I made my patchwork charm wreath for my quilt group's Christmas in July celebrations. I thought it would be fun to do a tutorial for you since I wanted to make another wreath with an autumn theme.
You can use any fabrics for this to create a fun seasonal decoration. To see my Christmas wreath again, click here. This wreath is going to be used to hang on my mirror for the autumn season. I created the Christmas version to use for a hurricane lamp on my table. They can be hung or laid on a table either of which creates a beautiful effect. You will need around 60 5-inch squares for a 12-inch diameter straw wreath. you could use fabrics from your stash or look at the charm packs from this shop. They are already cut to the right size which means you avoid having to cut the fabric squares yourself. This is not a difficult project so even a beginning sewer can make this with ease. So lets get started...
You will need the following items to create your own patchwork wreath:
One straw wreath with approximately 12-inch diameter
Fabrics for around 60 5-inch squares
Rope or raffia
Decorative items like berries or miniature ornaments
Fold your squares in half with right sides together. Sew one short side and long side. The seam will have an L shape. Clip the corner and turn the pillow right sides out. Fill the pillow but not all too stiffly. They should be able to bend up as you attach them to the wreath. Sew the ends shut by hand.
Begin attaching the pillows to the wreath with either rope or raffia. I find it easiest to being with a row of them along the bottom. You can simply knot them on or make a tiny bow.
Now start adding more pillows above the bottom but be sure to change directions of the pillows as you work. One nice thing is the pillows can be slightly maneuvered even after they are attached to the wreath.
Once you are satisfied that your wreath is filled with enough pillows (be careful to check that no straw is showing except underneath), you are now ready to add any embellishments you choose. This is optional. The wreath is also beautiful with only the fabric pillows. I just wanted to make mine look a little more festive by adding some extras touches.
Have fun making these match a room or give you a seasonal touch to your home!
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
Have a creative weekend!