To celebrate the festive season, our lovely friends at the V&A shop asked us to take part in their 12 Days of Blogger Crafty Christmas. The V&A asked 12 bloggers including ourselves, Style Slicker and Alex Loves to use V&A fabrics to make home made Christmas decorations and the results so far have been gorgeous. You can see them all here. We thought that we’d show you how we made the believe wreath below to give you a little inspiration to make something of your own!
All you need to make this wreath is a small selection of fabric (we used V&A but you could use any scraps you have about the house), some chunky wool, a wreath (we got ours from Poundland) and a needle and thread or sewing machine. We started by winding the wool around the wreath so that it was completely covered.
Next we made the flowers by cutting out two matching circles of fabric for each and placing them together, both right way up. We then used the sewing machine (although you can stitch it by hand) to sew a circle in the centre of each flower. You need to use really long stitches and leave plenty of thread at each end as next you will be pulling the end of the thread to bunch up the fabric into a flower shape.
All you need to do now to hand stitch as many flowers as you want onto the wreath. You could cover it completely if you want a really kitsch wreath. We decided to add applique lettering to ours, which was done by cutting out the letters and using the zig zag stitch on the machine (not an easy feat if you, like us, are a bit clumsy handed). If you don’t have a machine, I’m told you can applique by hand but please don’t ask me how. We then glued our letters on with simple fabric glue. You can get creative with your lettering and write whatever you want. I think it would be really lovely to write your family name on it as a really personalised Christmas decoration or gift.
It was so easy to make this wreath, which I think shows that you don’t need to spend a lot of money or put in a lot of effort to decorate your home this Christmas. Plus knowing that it is home made beats anything you can buy in a shop. The decorations from the other bloggers are all really nice too so check them out for more inspiration!