Spring’s Here! Wreath
Refresh a door or entryway with this hospitality wreath and add a burst of spring color at the same time.
Skill Level: Confident Beginner Wreath Size: 14" diameter
• Scraps yellow dots and orange dots
• 10 scraps green dots, prints and tonals, each at least 6" square
• 1/4 yard or fat quarter white tonal
• 1/2 yard green check
• Scraps low-loft batting: enough 3"-wide pieces to make a strip about 41/2 yards long
• 18" square batting
• Green thread
• White quilting or extra-strong thread
• 14"-diameter foam wreath
• Buttons: 1 (7⁄8") round shank 2 (3/4") round shank 5 (7⁄16") flat white
• Quick-set fabric adhesive or hotglue gun
• 1/2"-diameter white plastic ring
• Template material
• Basic sewing tools and supplies
Prepare templates for circles, petals and leaf using patterns given. Cut pieces as per patterns and instructions.
From green check:
• Cut 4 (31/2" by fabric width) strips.
From batting scraps:
• Cut 3"-wide strips to make a strip about 41/2 yards long for wrapping the foam wreath.
• Cut 2 (13/4") and 1 (21/4") circles using prepared templates.
Completing the Flowers & Leaves
1. Trace seven large petals and 14 small petals onto the wrong side of the white tonal, leaving 1/2" space between the shapes.
2. Fold the fabric in half, right sides together with traced shapes on top and pin to the 18" square of batting as shown in Figure 1.
3. Sew around the curved edge of each traced petal shape, leaving the straight end unstitched as shown in Figure 2.
4. Cut out each petal, leaving 1⁄8" seam allowance around the stitched edges. Cut along the traced line on the open end as shown in Figure 3.
5. Referring to Figure 4, trim batting close to seam and clip curves.
6. Turn right side out and press edges smooth and flat. Topstitch 1/4" from the edges of each petal and through the center about 2⁄3 of the way as shown in Figure 5.
7. To make flowers, thread a needle with a double strand of white quilting thread. Knot the end and take several gathering stitches across the bottom edge of a petal as shown in Figure 6.
8. Pull the thread to gather and then insert the needle into the bottom edge of a second petal and repeat referring to Figure 7.
9. Repeat step 8 until there are seven gathered petals on the thread; pull tightly into a circle and knot thread to finish one flower as shown in Figure 8.
10. Repeat steps 7–9 to complete a total of one large and two small flowers.
11. Place a 21/4" batting circle on the wrong side of a 21/4" fabric circle and sew gathering stitches all around the edge.
12. Place the 7⁄8" shank button round side down in the batting center and pull the thread to gather the edges close to the shank as shown in Figure 9 to complete a large flower center.
13. Repeat steps 11 and 12 with the 13/4" batting and fabric circles to complete two small flower centers.
14. Glue the large flower center to the center of the large flower and the small flower centers to the small flowers.
15. Referring to Figure 10, fingerpress 1/4" to the wrong side on the outer edge of a yo-yo circle. Using a knotted thread, stitch all around the folded edge. Pull the thread to gather edges into a circle with a hole in the center; knot the thread on the back.
16. Sew a white button in the center of the yo-yo to finish a yo-yo flower.
17. Repeat steps 15 and 16 to make a total of five yo-yo flowers.
18. Fold each of the green scrap squares in half with right sides together; trace one leaf shape on one side of each square. Pin each folded square to the remainder of the batting square that was used for petals.
19. Repeat steps 3–5 of Completing the Flowers & Leaves to make five leaves and five reversed leaves, stitching around the entire shape.
20. Cut a slit through one side of each leaf; turn right side out through slit. Slipstitch slit closed.
21. Stitch vein lines on each completed leaf referring to the pattern for stitching suggestions (Figure 11).
Completing the Wreath
1. Join the 31/2"-wide green check strips on the short ends to make a long strip. Fold and press a 1/2" hem on one long edge of the strip.
2. Join the 3"-wide batting strips on the short ends to make a long strip.
3. Place the batting strip on the wrong side of the fabric strip with one long edge tucked under the folded hem as shown in Figure 12; pin to secure with pins on the outside of the fabric for easy removal later.
4. Pin one end of the fabric/batting strip at the back of the wreath and begin to spiral-wrap the strip around the wreath, overlapping the edges, keeping it snug against the wreath form as shown in Figure 13. When wreath is completely covered, trim the end as necessary and glue or whipstitch to the back of the wreath.
5. Referring to project photo and Placement Diagram, arrange the three petaled flowers, five yo-yo flowers and 10 leaves on the wreath. When satisfied with positioning, remove each flower shape and apply glue to the center and reposition it on the wreath. Apply glue to the back of each leaf just where it touches the wreath and press in place.
6. Sew the plastic ring to the top back of the wreath for a hanger.