This fall wreath began life as a striped sweater, and when I saw it at a second-hand store, I knew we could make something beautiful from it. I wrapped it around a wreath and then got stuck. So, I called in Patty Schaffer to finish what I had started. Patty crafted a beautiful bouquet of felt flowers, fall leaves and berries that adds a rich layer of colors and textures. Thank you, Patty, for the gorgeous finish to this Fall Sweater Wreath.
Take a closer look at those gorgeous flowers.
To make a Fall Sweater Wreath, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 14” x 2” wreath
- Sweater in fall colors
- Felt, in colors to match the sweater
- Yarn and buttons to match the sweater
- Fall leaves & berries (silks and artificial)
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins
To make a Fall Sweater Wreath:
1. Determine which portion of the sweater you’d like to use for your wreath. You will probably need about an 18” – 20” square of sweater fabric for the wreath. Cut apart the sweater.
2. Center the wreath ring on the sweater fabric, making sure you have about 3” extra sweater fabric all around. If it’s uneven or your fabric piece is a little smaller, don’t worry, the fabric will stretch.
3. Stretch the fabric around the outside of the wreath, and pin the sweater fabric to the back of the wreath. Spot glue as you go. Continue pinning and gluing till the outside edges are covered. Trim away excess sweater fabric.
4. Carefully cut an “X” in the center of the wreath, and cut a few more straight cuts. Pull the sweater fabric through the middle and pin and glue to the back of the wreath. Continue till the wreath is covered. Trim away excess sweater fabric.
5. Make felt flowers from circles of felt or flowers cut from felt. You can follow this tutorial to make the flowers from felt circles. Patty made her flowers from felt cut into flower shapes using this tutorial. Either method will work — I think the circles will be faster to cut out, but the flower shapes make a frillier flower.
6. To make the yarn centers, wind the yarn several times around three fingers. Tie another piece of yarn around the center of the yarn loops. Snip the ends to open the loops. Once the glue used to make the flowers is set, gently open the center and glue the yarn in place. Optional: Glue a button to the center.
7. Arrange flowers on the wreath and glue in place.
8. Add silk leaves and berry stems.
Are you tempted to hit up the second-hand store, or maybe your own closets, to make a sweater wreath?If you’re not yet ready to try sweater crafting, just wait. I’ll have more beautiful sweater crafts later this week.