Brrrr – it’s cold this week, and Kathleen George’s DIY Winter Sweater Wreath looks so cozy. She shopped second-hand stores for assorted sweaters to create the subtle, patchwork design. I know you’re familiar with her technique – tucking fabric pieces into STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. It’s the same technique used to make Classic Fabric Ornaments or No-Sew Velvet Pumpkins. For the wreath, you’ll use fabric squares cut from sweaters. Here’s how Kathleen made this Cozy & Creamy, Sweater & Snowflake Wreath.
To make a Sweater & Snowflake Wreath, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” half-round wreath
- Several textured, cream-colored sweaters, or other color of your choice (second-hand stores will have lots of inspiration)
- Snowflake sequins
- Optional: Snowflake ornament, diamond glitter
- Thick white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; nail scissors; ruler; sharp pencil; thin-edged table knife; craft pins
To make a Sweater & Snowflake Wreath:
1. Divide the wreath into thirds, drawing a faint, dividing line to mark off each section. Measure and score a line 1-1/4” from either side of these dividing lines. You should now have three, 2-1/2” wide sections evenly spaced around the wreath. Go over these scored lines with a sharp pencil, creating a groove.
2. Cover the three, 2-1/2” sections with fabric:
- Cut three, 3” x 5-1/2″ rectangles from a sweater.
- Center a fabric rectangle over a 2-1/2” section on the wreath.
- Using the tip of the table knife, gently tuck the edges of the sweater into the scored lines on the wreath. For a clean edge, keep the knife at a 90° angle to the wreath.
- Carefully trim away excess fabric with the nail scissors. If needed, add a dab of glue to hold the fabric in place.
- Fold excess fabric onto the back of the wreath, and pin and glue in place.
- Repeat on the other two, 2-1/2” sections.
3. Now, you’re going to create more sections on the wreath. With a ruler and sharp pencil, divide each uncovered section into three more sections. Score the dividing lines with a sharp pencil, creating a groove.
4. Cut nine rectangles from various sweaters to cover these sections. Cut each piece so that it’s ½” wider and 2” longer than the sections on the wreath. Mix up the sweater fabric to create a patchwork look. Follow Step 2 above to add the fabric to the wreath.
5. Cut six, 1-¾” x 5” strips of sweater fabric. Gently pull each strip lengthwise so that it curls and forms a tube. Wrap each tube over the “seam lines” on the first three sections, and glue and pin to the back of the wreath.
6. Pin snowflake sequins around the wreath.
7. Cut a 2” x 12” strip of sweater fabric and gently pull to curl it. Tie it around the bottom of the wreath to resemble a scarf. Cut fringe in the ends.
8. Optional: Brush the snowflake ornament with glue, and sprinkle with glitter (hint: work over newspaper or a box lid for easier clean up). Let dry. Center in the middle of the wreath, and pin and glue the hanger to the back of the wreath.
9. Cut a strip of sweater fabric and gently pull into a narrow tube. Tie into a loop. Glue and pin to the center back of the wreath for a hanger.
Here’s another winter wreath to warm you up on a cold day – the Winter Snowflake & Snowball Yarn Wreath.
Nothing says “cozy” like fleece (except maybe a cup of hot cocoa), so this Fleece & Snowflake Wreath is also a good choice for a cold, January day.
I’ll have more winter craft ideas over the next week, when we’ll be joined by this cast of characters. I think you’ll have fun meeting them all!
Are you ready for a little winter décor? Ie, are your Christmas decorations packed up and put away?