Tuesday, 2 July 2019

A Year of Wreaths: July Felt Pinwheels Wreath Tutorial

This month’s wreath is inspired by days at the seaside and those colourful spinning pinwheels you buy as a kid to stick triumphantly on top of your sandcastles.

fabric-wrapped wreath decorated with handmade felt pinwheels

The felt versions are super easy to make and would also make fab brooches or gift toppers. They don’t spin like the real thing, but I hope they’ll remind you of lots of happy days at the beach all the same!

This tutorial originally appeared on The Village Haberdashery's blog - visit their shop for lots of crafty goodness! I'm sharing all twelve seasonal wreath tutorials here on my blog as the year progresses.

You will need:

The template sheet (click here to view, download and print the PDF) IMPORTANT: wait until step 4 to cut along the dotted lines on the templates!
A 30cm polystyrene ring wreath base
Half a metre of Kona cotton in Turquoise (or a fabric of your choice)
Wool blend felt in the following colours: pink, orange, yellow, and green (or four colours of your choice)
Three coordinating buttons – I used some fun pink and white polkadot buttons
Pink sewing thread
Four paper straws
Sewing scissors
Sewing needle and pins
Scissors and sticky tape
A glue gun and glue
A heat-proof mat for the glue gun
Newspaper to protect your workspace from any glue drips
Optional: a piece of twine or co-ordinating ribbon for hanging the wreath

To make the wreath:

1. Use the template provided to cut out 25 pieces from your chosen fabric for wrapping the wreath base. You may need to cut a few more strips later to finish wrapping the wreath, but it’s better to cut fewer strips to start with than end up wasting fabric!

2. Add the fabric strips to the wreath base one by one, using a glue gun to secure the ends at the back of the wreath. Overlap the fabric strips so there are no gaps where the polystyrene base can show through. For each fabric strip, add a dab or two of hot glue to the back of the wreath then carefully press the fabric into position. If required use the template to cut more fabric strips, adding them until the whole base is covered in fabric.

IMPORTANT: take care when working with the glue gun as the glue gets very hot! Always place it on a heat-proof mat when not in use, and use newspaper or other scrap paper to protect your workspace. Work slowly, squeezing the gun with care to control the amount of glue you’re using and keeping your fingers out of the way of the hot glue.

wrapping the wreath base with fabric strips

The wreath base will now look something like this:

wreath based wrapped with fabric strips

3. Use the square templates provided to cut out three outer squares from pink felt and one inner square each from yellow, orange and green felt.

cut out the felt pieces for the pinwheels

4. Cut along the dotted lines on the templates, then use the templates to cut the same lines on your felt squares.

cut along the dotted lines on the templates

5. Place each small inner square on top of one of the larger outer squares, lining up the pieces neatly as shown.

arrange the felt pinwheel pieces

6. Carefully fold one of the points of the pinwheel inwards, so the point slightly overlaps the centre of the square. Sew the point in position with one or two small stitches of matching pink sewing thread.

fold in the points of the felt pinwheel

Then repeat this process three more times, folding every other point into the centre and sewing it in place.

fold in the points of the felt pinwheel
fold in the points of the felt pinwheel
fold in the points of the felt pinwheel

7. Add a button to the centre of the pinwheel, stitching it securely with pink sewing thread.

add a button to the centre of the felt pinwheel

Repeat steps 6 and 7 to construct the other two pinwheels. Make sure you fold the same points down on each pinwheel, so they match each other.

felt pinwheels

8. Arrange the pinwheels and paper straws on the wreath, pinning the felt pieces in place. For the central straw to reach across the middle of the wreath you’ll need to extend it slightly – cut a section from another straw and attach it with clear sticky tape. Make sure the extended end is hidden under the felt pinwheel!

paper straw ready to use for the pinwheels
fabric-wrapped wreath decorated with pinwheels made from felt, buttons and paper straws

9. Use a glue gun to very carefully stick the straws and felt shapes in position. Stick the straws first, adding a very small amount to the bottom end of each straw (so the glue won’t be visible) and a larger amount at the top (where the glue will be hidden under the felt). Then glue the pinwheels in place on top.

10. If needed, cut a length of twine or co-ordinating ribbon and knot it securely around the top of the wreath. Use this to hang the wreath in your chosen spot, or just hang the wreath directly onto a hook or nail.


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This tutorial is for non commercial use only: you can use it to make as many wreaths as you want for yourself or as gifts, but please don't make any for sale. You may borrow a couple of photos if you want to blog about this project, but remember to credit me and link back to this page on my blog, and do not reproduce my entire tutorial / share my templates on your site. Thanks!

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