Made With Love By You – Christmas Decor – Rustic/Scandanavian Christmas Wreath

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Difficulty Level; Easy

I love rustic decorations and I also like scandanavian style, so this year I’ve put them together and made lots of rustic/scandanavian decorations using red scandanavian fabric and hessian. I love them and I hope you do to. Here is a link to the other decorations I’ve made; Rustic/Scandanavian Christmas Decorations . In this post, I’m giving a tutorial on how to make a rustic wreath.

What you will need;

  1. A wreath, I used a 30.5cm rattan wreath from hobby craft for £3
  2. 1/2 metre of medium weight hessian (or burlap as it’s sometimes called) for the tree and star decorations and a strip to go around the wreath
  3. Cotton fabric scraps for the tree and star decorations, i used a variety of 4 different contrasting patterns
  4. Wide ribbon mine measured about 2″ wide,  I bought a reel of it as it is needed to go around the wreath, the bow and a small piece to hang. I managed to pick this up from Matalan last year for £1.50 and I’ve used it on lots of projects
  5. Sewing materials; – sewing machine, matching cotton, thread unpicker, scissors, measuring tape, wax pencil or marker pen
  6. Star and tree templates, follow the links below to print these out.
  7. Glue gun and glue sticks

Star templates;- http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zAj3ABh_IkM/Urg3Vjr8GaI/AAAAAAAAavk/Cp55Dhhuj18/s1600/stars_template24.png

Tree templates;-http://www.noodle-head.com/2012/11/liberty-scrap-challenge-christmas.html

How to make the wreath;

  1. Cut a strip of hessian fabric and ribbon fabric 2″ wide and enough length to wrap around the wreath.
  2. To cut hessian, unpick one strand on the thread and pull out, you will then have a gap to cut a straight line (see image below).
  3. Using the thread unpicker, unpick the edges of the ribbon, making it looked frayed.
  4. One at a time, wrap the fabrics around the wreath and securing them with glue.

How to make the star and tree decorations;

  1. Cut out the star and tree templates, or you could use your own if you have them.
  2. Firstly using the large template, Double your hessian fabric, you may want to iron it flat together first as this helps for a smoother cut, draw around your templates and then cut them out.
  3. Do the same using the smaller shapes onto the scandanavian fabric.

4. Put a small amount of fabric glue onto one side of the hessian shape and stick the smaller fabric shape onto it, trying to make them as central as possible, then using your sewing      machine, sew in place.

5. Now sew both hessian shapes together, about 0.5cm in,  leaving a large opening at the bottom (see image) to place the stuffing inside.

6. Stuff the star with the cotton filling.

7. Sew the remaining star together, Using the cotton unpicker, fray the edges slightly.

8. Using the glue gun, glue the shapes onto the wreath , spacing them out around the wreath in between the ribbons. Leave a gap at the top of the wreath to put the ribbon.

9. Tie the ribbon and glue to the top centre of the wreath.

10. Cut a small amount of ribbon out and glue a loop to the top back of the wreath to hang.

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