My vacation kind of waylaid this project, but technically it's still May for another minute! I'm glad I was able to squeeze this in because it was actually inspired by my time away.
When we left home most of the plants were still waiting to do their thing, so we didn't have many flowers or even leaves yet. When we returned, spring had exploded. Everything is bright green, and the flowers are popping up everywhere. We were gone so long we completely missed the lilac and bleeding hearts! I can't even think about all the weeding that needs to be done, but I'm thrilled to see so much color everywhere. So much so, I decided to add some of my own.
To make this, you'll need:
12" embroidery hoop
cotton fabric (for flowers, centers, leaves and hoop wrap)
buttons, or cardboard cut in circles (I used one 2", two 1 1/2" and two 1", but if you want a little less effort to cover the centers go with about 1/2" larger on each)
green wire, or wire wrapped with floral tape (I used about 65")
For the fabric to wrap the hoop, cut 2" wide strips. I used a total length of about 80", but this can vary depending on how tightly you wrap and with how much overlap so I'd go a little longer to be sure there's enough.
For the flowers and leaves cut the following:
Large flower (1)
five 8" squares for the petals
two 10" squares for the leaves
Medium flowers (2)
ten 6" squares for the petals
four 8" squares for the leaves
Small flowers (2)
ten 4" squares for the petals
four 6" squares for the leaves
Cut fabric circles at least 1/2" larger than the button or cardboard
Cut batting to match button or cardboard
We'll start by making the flower centers. Hand stitch around the fabric circle with a long stitch and doubled thread. Don't knot or cut thread. Lay the batting circle in the center on the wrong side.
Add the cardboard or button on top. Carefully pull the thread to gather. Knot and clip thread. Set the centers aside.
Next up are the flowers. This is a good TV or movie-watching project. Fold one petal square in half diagonally, with wrong sides together. Fold in half again so you have a triangle. As tempting as it is, do not press with an iron. You want these to keep some dimension.
Using doubled thread, stitch a long running stitch about 1/4" from the raw edge.
At this point you can either pull the thread to gather this one petal or continue stringing them on and gather all five at once. I usually gather all at once, but this time I tried doing it individually. I think I prefer the look and smoothness of gathering them all at once.
Either way, don't knot or clip the thread from the first petal, just begin stitching the second onto the same thread, repeating until you've completed all five.
Stitch the two end petals together. Repeat the process for the remaining four flowers. Make the leaves in the same way, but using only the two squares for each rather than five.
Looks colorful already, huh?
This is where you want to fire up the glue gun. Start assembling the wreath by gluing the centers into the flowers. I had to squeeze and coax the petal edges under the center, which is why I recommend using slightly larger than I did (as I mentioned above). I wasn't completely successful with all of them, but I still like the way they turned out.
Next, glue the leaves onto the back.
There are a couple of options when it comes to covering the hoop with fabric. You can either leave the raw edges exposed or, as I did, fold both edges into the middle and press.
Start by gluing one end of the strip to the back of the hoop at an angle.
Wrap the fabric around the hoop, being sure to overlap so all the wood is covered. When you come back to where you started, glue the fabric to the back of the hoop and cut off the excess.
Before you begin gluing the flowers to the hoop, take a minute to arrange them the way you'd like so you know where each will go. Once you've done that, glue on the largest flower first.
Add on remaining flowers until all are attached to the hoop.
Cut the wire into random lengths for the tendrils. I cut them longer for the two ends so I could wrap around the hoop.
To attach them, I twisted the end around a bit so the glue had more to hang onto and glued that to the inside of the hoop.
Use a pencil or larger item to wrap the tendrils around to curl. I found something tapered (like my handy Kwik Klip [affiliate link]) looked the best.
I used the leftover wire to make a hanger for the top, and now this little beauty looks right at home on my front door next to all the other flowers!