On The Eighth Day of Christmas
Sam made a beautiful Mistletoe Wreath!
The simple beauty of this wreath has got me seriously changing my opinion of sewn Christmas door wreaths. I usually make my own up from the trimmings from the Christmas tree and whatever berries and winter foliage I can scavenge from the woods near my house (that's the traditional thing, right? Finding beauty in Nature, even on the darkest of days?) I must admit to not being a big fan of sewn Christmas wreaths in general but this year, I've been converted! I just can't get over how beautiful this looks. I really don't think my photos do it justice! Also I absolutely LOVE free motion embroidery - it's the most addictive thing. Not tried it yet? Do. Now!
Over to Sam...
You will need:
Green cotton fabric – I used Winter Wonderland Mistletoe by Dashwood Studio
Hessian/firm linen fabric for backing
12” twig wreath – mine is from Hobbycraft
2m white bobble trim
8mm pearl beads
Fabric glue – I used Gutermann HT2
Sewing machine with darning/embroidery foot
Mistletoe template (if you google 'mistletoe' you're bound to find something you can print and use as a template)
How to make it:
1. Start by cutting out your mistletoe template and drawing round it onto the back of your green cotton fabric as many times as you want. I used several different templates – actually all cut from the same picture; I cut the large template up into smaller ones once I’d traced it a couple of times. Make a few more than you think you’ll need.
2. Cut a piece of Bondaweb large enough to cover all your mistletoe shapes and iron it on to the back of the fabric, glue side down on the fabric. Protect your iron with a piece of greaseproof paper between the iron and the Bondaweb to ensure you don’t get any glue on the iron, or ironing board.
3. Peel the paper backing off the Bondaweb and cut out your mistletoe shapes.
4. Place these onto the hessian/linen fabric, protect with some more greaseproof paper and iron in place. Leave enough space between each shape so that you can cut them out with a little border of hessian showing.
5. Lower the feed dogs on your sewing machine and put the darning/embroidery foot on. Using a thread colour of your choice (I used black so it stands out, but for a subtler look you could use a thread that matches your fabric) stitch around each shape, just inside the edge. I like to go round a couple of times to catch any bits I missed the first time and to give more definition.
6. Cut the mistletoe leaves out, leaving a small border of hessian around the edge of each one.
7. Sew a few pearl beads on some of the leaves – I just put beads on the largest pieces, but you could do them all if you like – for the berries.
8. Take your twig wreath and wrap some white bobble trim round it. I used 2 metres, which gave me enough to tie a nice big bow at the top.
9. Start arranging your leaves on the wreath until you get a design you are happy with. You could put leaves the whole way round, or just part way like I’ve done. I tucked some of them under the bobble trim for a bit of variety.
10. One piece at a time, glue the leaves onto the wreath. On the larger pieces I put glue all the way down the central “branch” of the mistletoe, but on the smaller pieces I glued each one dependant on where the leaves touched the twig wreath. Because the wreath is uneven, you will find the leaves need glue in different places. Leave the wreath lying flat until the glue is dry. If you wish, you can add a hanging loop to the back.
This looks soooo beautiful indoors or outdoors. Thank you so much Sam for another amazingly clear tutorial. Can't wait to make mine!
If you hurry, there's still 15% off this fabric and all our Christmas fabrics until midnight tonight!