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Thursday
Jan142010

Page's Felt Flower Winter Wreath

I have been wanting to make a wreath in all white and ecru felt for some time now, but when we got in our fun, new neon threads I knew I had to bring the two worlds together to create a wintery white wreath with playful bursts of color that would bring a smile to my face all winter long. 

The pairing of the soft, snowy neutrals with the intense, colorful neons make this piece glow in a way that words can't describe. Enjoy! --Page

Materials

 

Sew Background

Using the zigzag stitch on your sewing machine and the off-white thread, sew together two pieces at a time of the 5mm thick felt to create a four piece grid.  You will need to roll the felt on the right side to fit it through the machine.  If you are worried about the felt remaining perfectly lined up while sewing it, tape each seam together on the back of the felt with masking tape.  It is easy to remove even after sewing over it.  Back stitch at the edges and in the center for durability.  If the felt pieces are uneven after sewing them all together, trim edges straight using a rotary cutter , cutting mat and non-slip ruler.

Trace Templates

Trace a circle approximately 13-inch in diameter with a fabric marker.  My garbage can lid worked perfectly!  This circle will be your guide for placing the flowers once you have cut them.

Download and print flower templates here.  Cut out templates.  Trace flower and flower center templates onto the 18-inch x 18-inch pieces of ecru felt.  For my wreath I used:

  • 5 Poinsettias (I used the small poppy piece as a center)
  • 9 Poppies (I varied how many poppy layers I used each time)
  • 6 large Asters
  • 4 small Asters
  • 5 Clematis
  • 5 Dogwoods
  • Approximately eleven flower centers of varying shapes and sizes.

Cut Flowers and Centers

Cut out all the flowers and centers using sharp fabric scissors.

To make fringed flower centers, cut along solid lines marked on templates.  To make looped center, first fold the felt on the dotted line and pin.  Then cut along solid lines.  Remove pins. 

For all three center types, roll from one end to another to create the center.  You can stick a pin through the center to hold it together until you are ready to sew it.

Arrange and Stitch Flowers

Place cut flowers along the traced 13-inch circle.  I found it best to start with the large flowers and then fill in with the smaller flowers as I went along.  Once you have everything placed (minus the finged and looped centers) tack everything down with one small stitch in each flower using the off-white thread and the thinnest embroidery needle you have.  You will need to go through both the flower and the thick background felt.  This holds everything in place when you are embroidering with the neon thread.  Next sew together the fringed and looped centers with the off-white thread.  I did this by just sewing a few stitches at the end of each rolled center.  Important- I then made a few more stitches that went all the way through the rolled center to ensure it doesn't come unrolled from the center.

Embellish with Neon Thread

Once you've placed and tacked down all of your flowers you can begin embellishing with the neon thread.  Below are a few techniques to get you started.

French Knots

I doubled the neon thread so that it would have more of an impact.  Thread your thinnest embroidery needle (this makes it easier to sew through the thick felt) with one of the neon colors and tie the ends together in a knot.  Going from the back side of the background felt to the front, push the needle through the thick felt, then through the flower and pull the thread all the way through.  Wrap the doubled thread around the needle three times.

Push the tip of the needle just slightly into the felt right next to where it came up, (but not in the exact hole!) then pull the wrapped thread taught against the needle and slide the wrapped threads all the way down to the bottom where the needle tip meets the felt.  Draw needle all the way through the felt on the back side and pull taught.  Repeat steps to make as many french knots as desired.

Basic Straight Stitch

Going from the back side of the background felt to the front, push the needle up through the thick felt, then through the flower and pull the thread all the way through.  To create a starburst shape like above, bring the needle up through the outer perimeter of the center of the flower and then finish the stitch by pushing the needle through the flower center from the front of the felt to the back. 

Repeat this stitch five more times to create the starburst shape.  Remember to bring the needle up through the outside perimeter of the flower center and then back down through the center.  Using the basic straight stitch you can create little grids of stitches as well (they look like tic tac toe, but with more lines)

Back Stitch

Going from the back side of the background felt to the front, push the needle up through the thick felt, then through the flower and pull the thread all the way through.  Make one stitch in the center of the flower center by going back down through the felt approximately 1/8-inch from where you came up.  Then bring the needle back up 1/8-inch away from where you came up for the first stitch (it will leave a 1/8-inch gap between your last stitch).  Finish the stitch by going back down through the felt right next to where your first stitch came up.  Your stitch will fill in that 1/8-inch gap that you made.

Continue in this way of coming up through the felt 1/8-inch away from your last stitch and then going back down right next to the last stitch.  I did this in a spiral pattern as seen above.  I also created an outline along the outside edge of a few of the poinsettia flowers using a backstitch. 

Make Hanging Loops

To hang the wreath I sewed two 3-inch long by 1.5-inch wide tabs to the top using a back stitch along the bottom edges of the tab.  Be sure to sew through the front layer of the tab as well as the back layer once you've passed through the thick felt.

Hang your wreath up and enjoy all winter long!

Reader Comments (40)

This is gorgeous! Thanks for the inspiration!!
January 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRose
Beautiful!!!
January 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGina
It's beautiful. I like the clean and simple lines. I also like the idea of using white and some embellishments. Thanks for sharing!
GloriaXX
January 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPattygloria
beautiful!!!! I would like to make one too!!
Thank yor for sharing!!!
I love this site!!
January 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSachi
Lovely! I want to make one of these so badly! Thanks for the inspiration!
January 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica
Beautiful! And a great project for this 3-day weekend,
January 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermly
This is beautiful! I love the pop of color the thread gives it. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.
January 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCJ
It's beautiful, wonderful, thank you for sharing!
January 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNela
I really really love this wreath idea! It would so go with a white-on-neutral ribbon embroidery that I made ages ago and have never framed and displayed. I'm afraid I won't be doing the neon thing though - I don't know if that makes me un-cool, but as a child of the eighties neon just makes me shudder!
January 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSparklePetal
So pretty! This gives me several ideas, thank you.

Can I ask a specific question about your use of masking tape? You say "tape each seam together on the back of the felt with masking tape. It is easy to remove even after sewing over it." Really!?! I love that! Would blue painters tape work as well (since I have some of that lying around and - um - can find it!)? This might help solve a specific problem I have.....
January 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPamela
It´s gorgeus, I love it! what a great work.
www.caprichosdeana.blogspot.com
January 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterana
Hola: ¡Que lindo! Realmente un trabajo maravilloso. Muchas gracias por compartir el tutorial. Lo voy a hacer. Ojala me quede aunque sea parecido. Un Beso.
Doris Lima-Peru.
January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDoris
the winter white is lovely - I think it might be interesting to use two contrasting colors as a variation.... this has definite gift potentiality. Thank you for sharing.
January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer
Just beautiful. Love the neutral colors paired with neon.
January 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa
This is so gorgeous. I think I'm going to use this idea to make a felt ring pillow for my wedding but with tidepool sea creatures instead of flowers. I think a lot of your flower designs would translate into anemones, starfish and sea urchins pretty easily. I'm crazy inspired now.
January 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkraken
Really striking and lovely. Thanks for the great pictures.
February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHelen
what a great idea ... I will go to the felt shop tomorrow !!!
February 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterisabelle
Oiiiiiii, amei esse artesanato q vcs postaram é lindo e muito fácil de fazer, e agora nas féris é ótimmo pra si destrair.
............BJS da Lety...........
February 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLetícia
Such a lovely idea! Thank you for sharing!
March 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRosebud Beads
Amei seu blog.Boa tarde! Achei lindo demais esta girlanda de flores, irei a partir de
seu moldes fazer igual.Maravilhoso trabalho!Um grande abraço de sua admiradora aqui do Brasil.BJS.
March 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVera
merhaba, Sağlık ellerinize
April 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterselda
INSPIRED! I absolutely LOVE this one! I want to make this one, but at the same time I began wondering if I could make one with colour instead... like a spring wreath... Of to see what colours I can get my hands on:D
April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIda
What a beautiful piece! I make felt flower hair pieces for my nieces and some of these would be perfect! I've always had trouble with flowers that wrap around the center like the fringed and looped ones you have, as they never stay or attach without great bulk for me. Would you be able to provide more detail, maybe pictures, on how you "sew[ed] a few stitches at the end of each rolled center" and then "went all the way through the center"? Appreciatively, Terri
May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTerri
Adorei!! ficou muito linda!!!!
September 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterione
Totally loved this one. Your blog inspires me all the time!
January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSakina
Absolutely beautiful! I was trying to come up with the perfect housewarming gift for my daughter's and son-in-law's new townhouse...this is perfect!!! I am going to frame it. What a super simple, tasteful project!!
January 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRMD
Loved felt flowers, great job. Hugs from Brazil.
February 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRsangela
Beautiful wreath, but as of this date May 19, 2011, the template downloads for the White Winter Wreath do not work. If possible please Email them to me, Thank you.
May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRobin Hays
Hi Robin-

The download of the template seems to be working fine on this end but we are happy to send you the template. Keep an eye out for an email shorty.

Is anyone else having problems with downloading the template? Please let us know.

Thank you!
May 19, 2011 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I love it!!!!
I had to make it too!!!!
And while bying the felt, cutting, placing stitching and sewing I was so inspired! I show it in my blog.
And my friends who saw it are simply excited and planning it too.
Your creations are so fresh, modern and lovely!
May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAtlantisetta
I started to make this but wanted to make it more of a year round wreath. I did some of the flowers with some Amy Butler Love patterned cotton, mixed that in with the wool felt flowers to give it small pops of color and pattern besides the neon thread. It looks AMAZING! Thank you for this tutorial! The LOVE patterned fabric cuts perfectly for this and has a lot of neon color to it so it will just accent it perfectly while giving it more of a non seasonal look. We can also use it for the holidays though.. i have a lot of Amy Butler fabric and am making holiday stockings out of the LOVE line so it will bring a cohesive look to our decorations for Christmas/Winter! Such a great project, it is easy to do but time consuming enough that it keeps your interest for just enough time to WANT to finish it and your not done with it too fast. GREAT project, I'll be trying more from Molly's Sketch book soon!
August 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTrista Strook
I linked your wonderful project in my blog (http://sononatadidomenica.blogspot.com/2011/11/feltro-ghirlanda-con-fiori-felt-flower.html)...

I hope there are not problems!

have a nice day
antonella
November 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterantonella
I just recently learned of your website in the Studio magazine. This is a gorgeous piece and I hope to make this one!! Thank you.
February 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDeanna
I could not download the templates for the flower patterns on your wreath project. Could you email them to me? Thank you
February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMary Bowmer
Hello Mary-

Sure thing. The template is on its way now.

Thanks!

Molly
February 29, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi,

I blog at thewreathblog.blogspot.com and I'm writing to ask for your permission to use a photo of your wreath and a link back to this post and blog. I'm doing this retroactively. As you can see, the post has been up for sometime already. Here it is:

http://thewreathblog.blogspot.ca/2011/12/pages-felt-flower-winter-wreath-at-purl.html

Thanks so much!

Michele
April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichele
Hi Michele-

You are welcome to use one of our photos like this, as long as it links directly back to us for the instructions, like you have done.

Thank you for letting us know!

- Molly
April 26, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I have wanted to make this ever since you shared it. This is the year. However, I am going to make a wreath for inside door. I'll share when finished. Will be visiting the shop. I'd love to pin this. Is this an option? I looked for the icon with no luck. Thanks again for this beauty.
August 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDonna
OH! MY!GOSH! this is fantastic. so much beauty. I don't sew anymore, so really appreciate this gorgeous creation. And thank you so much for the photo's to help others follow........hugs and smiles
September 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPattie Jns
Hi There Donna-

You are welcome to pin this but we don't have a Pinterest icon on our site. You can pin it yourself using your own "pin it" button. You can find more info here:
http://pinterest.com/about/goodies/

Thanks for your interest!

Molly
September 4, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee

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