Make a fabric Christmas wreath

Christmas wreath

'This pretty fabric wreath looks lovely on a door or inside wall, or displayed as a table centrepiece. Buy a wicker base to decorate or make your own from fabric. Small decorations, such as glossy beads, artificial berries or tiny baubles saved from crackers, bring Christmas sparkle.'

You will need
For the base
• 2 x 30cm-35cm square pieces of felt, blanket or upholstery fabric
• One small and one large plate
• Tailor’s chalk
• Pins
• Sewing machine
• Polyester stuffing
• Long-handled wooden spoon
• Needle, thread and scissors

To decorate
• Ribbon or braid
• Needle and thread
• Hot-glue gun or fabric glue
• Felt, blanket or upholstery fabric in different colours and shades
• Scissors and pins
• Mini baubles, artificial berries and beads
• Short length of ribbon for hanging

1 First, make your base by drawing around a 30cm-35cm dinner plate twice with chalk to mark circles onto the right side of your fabrics. Inside these, outline a smaller circle by repeating the process with a side plate.

2 Place the fabric rings wrong sides together and pin in place. Use running stitch to sew all around the inner circle and most of the outer circle, removing the pins as you go.

3 Trim any excess fabric ½cm from the chalk line around the edge of the outer and inner circles (there will be a small ‘frill’). Use a long-handled wooden spoon to help pack the stuffing tightly and evenly inside the ring.

4 Hand-sew the last section of the ring shut.

5 Now your wreath is ready to decorate. Wrap pretty ribbon tightly around it, at intervals of about 3cm, and sew or glue in place where the ends meet at the back.

6 Cut out leaf, holly and ivy shapes – you will need around 100 single ones. Sew in stacks of three for a fuller look.

7 Pin the leaves to your wreath, tucking the stalk ends underneath the ribbon, until it is completely covered. Now sew or glue them in place, removing the pins as you go.

8 Repeat with your beads, baubles or reclaimed decorations, then sew a short loop of ribbon onto the back and hang

Photographs: Alun Callender. Styling: Ben Kendrick

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