Come make a DIY Christmas Wreath with us today. Christmas is the most wonderful season of the year and it’s almost here! With all the snow I am seeing on Instagram and on the news it is starting to feel a lot like Christmas… Is your home already dressed up to the occasion – Christmas tree & all? Or are you (just like me) dying to being brave to resist the urge to fill every single inch of your home with Christmas decorations? Christmas is my favorite season so I am always excited about everything that surrounds it, including presents, of course. I am actually worse about Christmas than my kids…
Around here, on this small European corner, the tradition is to get your Christmas tree up sometime between Dec. 1st and the 8th. Nowadays with the consumerism appeal all over the place, some people are giving in and starting to get their Christmas tree up as soon as the first week of November. How is it there where you live? Is there any specific date or tradition your family follows at Christmas time?
If sewing for your family is on the list then take a look at our Christmas Projects Sewing Guide.
DIY Christmas Wreath Ideas
Classic Christmas Wreath or Live Christmas Wreath
I hope you are ready to make a DIY Christmas wreath because we have some great ideas and a tutorial for you today to help you get ready to put together a DIY Christmas.
While the Christmas tree is the central piece of Christmas decor, there is so much more than that, right? What is your favorite Christmas decor piece? I think it is a Christmas wreath. I love them in all styles: a natural wreath or classical Christmas wreath with pine branches, a crafty DIY wreath, a knitted wreath or crocheted wreath, made with felt, or even a wreath made of scrapbook paper! While I love all these different wreath styles, I’m going to show you something unique for this Christmas – a braided homemade Christmas wreath.
This wreath is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit and be the perfect simple DIY Christmas decor to add something to your home this Christmas.
Braided Christmas Wreath Design
DIY Christmas Wreath Materials:
- Three strips of fabric with a (different) Christmas print or solid color of your choice, with 9” x 57” (Note: This was the width of fabric (WOF) for the fabric I used here. I wouldn’t recommend going with a lot less width than that for the wreath.)
- Fiberfill for stuffing the wreath (about 16-18 oz.)
- Sewing machine, matching thread, scissors, needle, and safety pins for wreath construction
Let’s Make the DIY Christmas Wreath:
Wreath Step 1: Cut three strips of fabric with 6” x 57” for the wreath (this was the WOF for this cotton).
Wreath Step 2: Fold the strip along the long edge, right sides together (RST). Sew one short end and the long edges with a 1/4” seam allowance (SA). You now have a tube. Cut the corner and snip along the long edge.
Wreath Step 3: Turn inside out. Stuff the wreath tubes with fiber fill. Make sure to leave about 2 inches on each end without filling (to reduce bulking when joining all edges together.)
- Tip #1: Use a long stick (like a broom stick) to help you stuff these wreath tubes.
- Tip #2: Be generous with the fiber fill for the wreath but do not pack it full. The finished wreath should be a bit stiff and not too fluffy.
- Tip #3: Join all three ends together with a safety-pin and braid halfway to check the stuffing. If you think the wreath tubes are too stiff or too fluffy correct it by either taking off a bit of fiber or adding a bit more.
Wreath Step 4: Fold the fabric of the open short ends to the inside, about 1/2 inch. Stitch (to close the openings).
Pin the short end of all three tubes together and stitch. (Note: I was able to do it with the sewing machine but if you find it too hard – because of the bulkiness – you can do it by hand).
Wreath Step 5: Braid the stuffed wreath tubes together (note: make sure you make it tight). Secure the three ends together with safety-pins.
Wreath Step 6: Shape the braid into a circle for the wreath. Adjust the tubes so the seams won’t be visible on one side (the right side).
Hand stitch both ends together closing off the braid into a circle.
Wreath Step 7: (Optional step) Although the place where you stitched both ends together will be hidden with a bow, personally, I prefer to hide it first with a small fabric strap.
Choose a coordinated fabric and cut two rectangles of about 3” x 11”. Join RST and stitch all around, with a 1/4” SA, leaving a small gap to turn the right side out (RSO).
Clip corners and turn RSO. Press.
Place it around the wreath – hiding the stitching line – and stitch both ends together as close to the wreath as you can, with a zig-zag stitch. Pull the round strap to the back so the stitching (on the strap) won’t be visible from the right side.
Wreath Step 8: Make a wreath bow:
Grab two fabric strips of about 3” x 57” (this was my WOF). Note: If you want your wreath bow to have bigger straps then cut four strips and join them in two.
Place them RST and stitch all around with a 1/4” SA, leaving a small gap (about 2 inches) at the middle of one of the long edges for turning RSO. Tip: Stitch the small edges as an angle to give a cute look to your wreath bow edges.
Clip corners and turn RSO. Press.
Hand stitch or machine stitch the open end closed.
Decide if you want the bow to be placed at the bottom or at the top of the wreath. Place the strap around the wreath and tie it to make a lovely bow for the wreath. (Note: if you have made the optional strap above, place the bow on top of the strap).
Wreath Step 9: Add a few embellishments to your wreath if you wish. Tip: You can add an ornament to the center of the wreath or hang it from the bottom of the wreath.
You are done! Hang your lovely new DIY Christmas wreath and admire your work.
Please let us know if you make a braided wreath based on this Christmas tutorial. We would love to see it!
If you have any questions please email me at mail (dot) sarahandmade (at) gmail (dot) com. I will be more than happy to get in touch! We hope you enjoyed Sarah’s wreath DIY tutorial today. We’re sure that her Christmas wreath ideas will help make your Christmas a little more stylish this Christmas. Happy sewing!
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Other Christmas Sewing Tutorials
We have a lot of great Christmas Sewing Projects here. Here are a couple of favorites: