Fold & Stitch Wreath Tutorial


Make a gorgeous fabric wreath to celebrate the season!  This versatile project is simple to sew and can be used in two ways.  As a hanging wreath: 
 

Or a stunning table centerpiece:
 

The folds of the fabric squares create a stunning dimensional effect:


Despite looking intricate and complicated to make, it has a surprisingly simple construction.  This wreath is made up of stabilized squares of fabric stitched together.  If you can sew basic squares, you can make it!  It's the ideal project for showcasing a number of fabrics, but doesn't uses much yardage.  
 
Our version was inspired by a wreath image of the original Fold'n Stitch Wreath Pattern by Poorhouse Quilt Designs (which includes templates, extra tips & tricks, plus hanging sleeve option, available here).  Ours is done slightly differently, with a smaller center, and uses fusible fleece/batting to stabilize it. 
We're sharing how we made it right here! 
Materials:
- 3/4yd cotton backing fabric (ours was Oh Holy Night Manger Green)
- 3/4yd cotton front fabric (ours was Oh Holy Night Words Linen)
- 1/2yd cotton topper fabric (ours was Oh Holy Night Nativity Mulberry)
- 1/2 yd fusible fleece
- 1/2 yd paper backed fusible
Optional: 1/2 yd of cut-apart trim or 12 beads or buttons for detailing. 
- Rotary cutter/shears, ruler/yard stick, iron, zipper foot, pins, clips, disappearing marker, hand sewing needle
 
If you're using non-directional fabric prints, you can use your ruler to measure the width & lengths across the fabrics easily to cut squares quickly.  If you're using directional prints like ours, they'll need to be cut as diamonds so the designs will face outward around the entire wreath.  We find making card stock squares in each of the square sizes first makes this much easier since precision is key. 
  

Cut the following fabric squares:
 
- (12) 7 inch squares from backing fabric 
- (12) 7 inch squares from front fabric
- (12) 5 inch squares from topper fabric 
- (12) 6 inch squares from fusible fleece or batting
 
 
Center the fusible fleece on the wrong side of each backing fabric square and fuse with iron:

 
Take front fabric squares and, using a ruler and rotary cutter, cut a 2 inch "X" at the center of each square.

 
With right sides facing (and print directions matching), stitch front and backing fabrics together, using a 1/2 inch seam allowance so that the stitching borders the fusible fleece:

 
Trim down seam allowance and clip corners and then pull right side out through the X opening on the fronts, making sure all corners are nicely pointed and press flat.

 
Lay paper backed fusible paper side down on ironing surface.  Place topper fabric squares on top, right side up.  Lay a piece of parchment paper on top and iron according to product directions to adhere the fusible to the wrong sides of the topper squares.  When cool, peel the paper backing off and cut out topper squares 

 
Center each topper square right side up over each front side of fabric square, matching directions of fabric prints, and fuse together with iron, using a press cloth between fabrics and iron:

 
Stitch around topper edge with a decorative stitch, like a wide zig-zag, that goes off the edge of the topper fabric: 

 
Repeat with all twelve squares:

 
From the top point of each square, measure 1 inch over to the right and mark.  From the right side point measure down 3 inches and mark.  Place ruler along marking points and draw a line.  This will be the stitch line to attach them all together in a moment:

 
Take two squares and place them together with back sides facing, matching print directions and clip on right side as shown.  Stitch down along the marked line of the top square.  Open so both attached squares are facing up and repeat this step with the 2nd of the attached squares now being the top one and adding a new one underneath it (back sides facing) and repeating stitching along the marked line of the top one.  

 
Repeat this square-by-square and you will see the wreath start to form.  Stitch the last square to the first to close the wreath.

 
Bring the side points of each individual square together and hand stitch to create the dimensional shape:
 
 
The next step is optional, but adds a beautiful detail.  Attach beads, buttons or trim on top of each point around the wreath by hand sewing - or - do what we did and use something like this metallic gold cut out star trim and cut 12 individual shapes apart:
 
 
Then hot glue each one to the wreath:


How to display it is up to you.  Add a votive or single taper candle to create a beautiful centerpiece or sew a metal sawtooth hanger or ribbon loop or other mounting method onto the back side to hang it as a lovely wreath. 
 

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