Tuesday, 1 January 2019

A Year of Wreaths: January Rainbow Wreath Tutorial

Banish the January blues with this bright and cheerful rainbow felt wreath!

felt rainbow wreath

These happy colours are perfect for brightening up dull winter days and I’ve added a bit of sparkle too (yay!).

Want to welcome visitors but prefer a more muted colour palette? Just switch in your seven favourite shades in place of the rainbow colours. 

felt rainbow wreath

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

You will need:

The template sheet provided (click here to view, download and print the PDF)
A 30cm polystyrene ring wreath base
Felt in 7 rainbow colours: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and pink
Black and white felt
Gutermann Metallic Effect Thread #41 (or other metallic thread)
Sewing scissors
Embroidery scissors
Sewing needles and pins
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 string or co-ordinating ribbon for hanging the wreath

To make the wreath:

1. Use the templates provided to cut out 7 small felt circles (one of each rainbow colour), 7 large black felt circles and 7 white felt letters spelling out the word “welcome”.

cutting out felt circles

Tip: embroidery scissors are perfect for cutting out small felt shapes!

2. One by one, sew each small circle to a backing large circle. Use Gutermann Metallic Effect thread and whip stitch, keeping your stitches as even as possible. If you're using metallic effect embroidery thread (floss), just use a couple of strands of the thread (floss).

Tip: this metallic thread is easy to sew with, but I’d recommend cutting a shorter length of thread than you’d usually work with to make sure it doesn’t tangle.

stitching with metallic thread

3. Add one letter to each circle in colour order: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink. Use more of the metallic thread to sew each letter in place, sewing around the inside of the letters with backstitch as shown.

adding the felt letters
felt welcome letters

4. Use the templates provided to cut the felt strips for wrapping the wreath. Cut 4 standard strips and 1 wide strip from red felt. Then cut 5 standard strips from each of the other 6 rainbow colours.

rainbow felt colours

5. Beginning with the wide red strip, position the felt pieces on top of the wreath base as shown. Add the pieces in colour order (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink), overlapping them slightly so that none of the polystyrene ring base will show through at the edges of the wreath.

arranging the rainbow felt on the wreath base
arranging the rainbow felt on the wreath base

6. When you’ve added all the pieces and are happy with the arrangement, insert pins to hold the felt in position.

pinning the rainbow felt to the wreath base

7. Turn the wreath over. One by one, wrap the felt pieces around the wreath and pin the ends in place.

pinning the rainbow felt to the wreath base

The back of your wreath will now look something like this:

rainbow wreath in progress

8. Use a glue gun to secure the ends of the felt at the back of the wreath. Work on one piece of felt at a time, removing the pin(s) holding it in place and folding the felt back slightly. Carefully add a dab or two of hot glue to the wreath base, then very carefully press the felt down into position,.

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.

Tip: you may find it helpful to test glue a couple of scrap pieces of felt before you start, so you can see how much glue you need to use to hold each piece in place.

using the glue gun
back of the rainbow wreath

9. Once the glue has dried, turn the wreath over and remove the pins from the front. The front of your wreath will now look something like this:

front of the rainbow wreath

10. Arrange the felt circles on the wreath as shown, spelling out the word “welcome”. The edges of the circles should touch but not overlap each other. When you’re happy with the layout, pin the circles in place.

Tip: position the circles so they help hide the join where you started and finished wrapping the wreath.

adding the letters to the rainbow wreath

11. Use the glue gun to attach the circles to the wreath. One by one, remove a pin and set aside a circle. Add two or three dabs of glue on the wreath then carefully press the circle back in place. Make sure to keep the letters neatly aligned as you glue them in place!

felt letters in place on the rainbow wreath

12. Your wreath is now finished! If needed, cut a length of string or co-ordinating ribbon and knot it securely around the top of the wreath. Use this to hang the wreath in your chosen spot.

felt rainbow wreath

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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Shortbread and Ginger said...

What a lovely, cheery way to brighten your home!

Bugs and Fishes said...

Thanks, Liz! I do love a nice pop of colour :)