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A Year of Wreaths: March Daffodil Wreath by Laura Howard

It’s time for the March wreath in our Year of Wreaths series with Laura Howard! Read on for her delightful Daffodil Wreath tutorial and pick up a kit here. Take it away, Laura!

Daffodil Felt Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

This month’s wreath is all about joyful spring colour: fresh spring green yarn paired with bright felt daffodils and narcissi. The subtle variations in colour of the hand-dyed Malabrigo yarn create a gorgeous stripy effect around the wreath, and the felt flowers add a vibrant pop of cheerful colour.

As well as making the March wreath you could adapt this tutorial to make floral brooches or headbands, or add stems to the flowers to create a felt bouquet. All the supplies you’ll need to make the wreath are available from the Village Haberdashery shop – follow the links below for individual items or click here for the February wreath kit.

You will need:
*The template sheet provided (click here to download and print the PDF)
*A 30cm polystyrene ring wreath base
*Wool blend felt in Banana Cream, White and Hallows Eve
*Orange and yellow stranded embroidery thread
*Orange and yellow sewing thread
*One skein of Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Lettuce
*Sewing scissors
*Embroidery scissors
*Pinking shears
*Sewing needles and pins
*A large, sharp needle
*A glue gun and glue
*A heat-proof mat for the glue gun
*Newspaper to protect your workspace from any glue drips
*Optional: an air-erasable fabric marker

To make the wreath:

  1. Decorate the wreath base with Malabrigo Merino Worsted yarn in Lettuce.

Secure the yarn with a knot at what will become the back of your wreath. Begin wrapping the yarn around the wreath base, passing the ball of yarn through the hole in the centre of the wreath as you wrap the yarn around the outside. Hide the loose yarn end under the yarn as you wrap, and make sure that you’re not leaving any gaps where the white wreath base shows through. Continue wrapping, gradually covering the whole of the wreath base. Wrapping the wreath takes a while, so I highly recommend wrapping your wreath while watching a film or some episodes of your favourite TV show.

March Daffodil Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

March Daffodil Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

Once the whole wreath base has been covered with yarn, tie a knot securely at the back and carefully trim the loose end so it won’t be visible when the wreath is hung up.

March Daffodil Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

  1. Use the templates provided to cut out the felt pieces for each of the flowers. To make the exact wreath pictured you will need five daffodils and seven narcissi. For each flower, cut two petal pieces, one trumpet piece and one circle from the appropriate colours (yellow for the daffodils, orange and white for the narcissi).

When you cut each trumpet cut along three sides of the template with sewing scissors and along the remaining (long) side with pinking shears – just above the edge of the paper template. If you don’t have any pinking shears you could use embroidery scissors to cut a zigzagged edge, or just cut a straight edge.

March Daffodil Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

  1. Add some embroidery to each felt circle. Cut a length of embroidery thread to match the felt, and separate half the strands (so for six-stranded thread use three strands). Use the embroidery thread to sew single stitches radiating from the centre of each circle, as shown. Sew seven or eight stitches for the daffodils, and five or six stitches for the narcissi.

March Daffodil Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

  1. Join the trumpet and circle pieces together with whip stitch and matching sewing thread. Make sure that the embroidered side of the felt circle will be visible inside the finished trumpet and that the knot of your thread will be hidden underneath it.

Sew the long straight edge of the trumpet piece to the edge of the circle, then trim any excess felt from the trumpet piece. Sew up the side seam of the trumpet with more whip stitches, then back down the seam to finish your stitching neatly underneath.

Repeat for all the trumpets.

March Daffodil Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

  1. Sew the petal pieces together. Position the pairs of petals on top of each other, as pictured, and secure each of them with a couple of stitches of sewing thread. You can use matching thread for this if you want but as long as the stitches are small and in the centre of the petals they’ll be hidden on the finished flower.

March Daffodil Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

Tip: if you want to use this tutorial to make flower brooches, etc., now’s the time to sew the trumpet to the petals. Whip stitch in matching sewing thread would work well. If you’re making the wreath leave the pieces unattached (you’ll be gluing them in position later).

You should now have lots of flowers ready to add to your wreath.

March Daffodil Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

March Daffodil Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

  1. Arrange the flowers on the wreath base and pin them in position. You can use the photo as a guide, or create your own arrangement.

March Daffodil Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

  1. Use a glue gun to attach the flowers to the wreath. Think about the order you’re going to glue the flowers before you begin – remember that if two flowers overlap each other you’ll need to glue the bottom flower to the wreath base then attach the top flower.

One by one, remove the pins holding the flowers in place and secure them with a few dabs of hot glue. To attach the petals, add some glue to the wreath base then very carefully press the felt petals down into position on top. To attach each trumpet, add a dab of glue directly to the bottom of the trumpet then place it in the centre of the flower and use your finger (or the unsharpened end of a pencil) to carefully press the trumpet in position.

IMPORTANT: take care when working with the glue gun as the glue gets very hot! Always place it on a heat-proof mat when not in use, and use newspaper or other scrap paper to protect your workspace. Work slowly, squeezing the gun with care to control the amount of glue you’re using and keeping your fingers out of the way of the hot glue.

Tip: you may find it helpful to test glue a couple of scrap pieces of felt before you start, so you can see how much glue you need to use to hold each piece in place.

  1. Your wreath is now finished! Add a length of yarn or co-ordinating ribbon for hanging the wreath, or hang it directly from a hook or nail.

Daffodil Felt Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

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A Year of Wreaths: February Valentine’s Heart Wreath by Laura Howard

It’s time for the February wreath in our Year of Wreaths series with Laura Howard! Read on for her Valentine’s Heart Wreath tutorial and pick up a kit here. Take it away, Laura!

Valentine's Heart Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

My monthly wreath project continues with a heart-themed wreath to celebrate Valentine’s Day, and to spread a little love and happiness!

This month’s wreath features embroidered felt hearts, pretty ricrac and some gorgeous purple yarn. All the supplies you’ll need are available from the Village Haberdashery shop – follow the links below for individual items or click here for the February wreath kit.

You will need:
*The template sheet provided (click here to download and print the PDF)
*A 30cm polystyrene ring wreath base
*Wool blend felt in Red, Wisteria, Cotton Candy and Fuchsia
*2 balls of Rico Essentials Soft Merino Aran in Berry
*80cm purple ric rac
*1 skein of white embroidery thread
*Red sewing thread
*Sewing scissors
*Embroidery scissors
*Pinking shears
*Sewing needles and pins
*A large, sharp needle
*A glue gun and glue
*A heat-proof mat for the glue gun
*Newspaper to protect your workspace from any glue drips
*Optional: an air-erasable fabric marker

To make the wreath:

1. Decorate the wreath base with Rico Essentials Soft Merino Aran in Berry.

Secure the yarn with a knot at what will become the back of your wreath. Begin wrapping the yarn around the wreath base, passing the ball of yarn through the hole in the centre of the wreath as you wrap the yarn around the outside. Hide the loose yarn end under the yarn as you wrap, and make sure that you’re not leaving any gaps where the white wreath base shows through. Continue wrapping, gradually covering the whole of the wreath base, and switch to a second ball as needed. Wrapping the wreath takes a while, so I highly recommend wrapping your wreath while watching a film or some episodes of your favourite TV show.

Once the whole wreath base has been covered with yarn, tie a knot securely at the back and carefully trim the loose end so it won’t be visible when the wreath is hung up.

Valentine's Heart Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard
2. Use the templates provided to cut out the following felt pieces: 2 x Heart A in red, 1 x Heart A in wisteria, 1 x Heart B in red, and 2 x Heart B in wisteria.

Tip: embroidery scissors are perfect for cutting out small felt shapes!

3. Place one of the smaller hearts in the centre of a contrasting larger heart. Cut a length of white embroidery thread and separate half the strands (so, just use 3 of the 6 strands). Hold the heart in position or secure it with a few tacking stitches of sewing thread.

Use the embroidery thread to backstitch around the inside of the smaller heart, sewing through both layers of felt. Then use more half strands of thread to sew a pattern of single stitches around the edge of the heart, varying the size of your stitches to fill the available space.

Tip: smaller backstitches will help you sew a smoother curve. If you’re having difficulty sewing neatly freehand, use an air-erasable fabric marker to draw your stitching line(s).

Valentine's Heart Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard
Remove any tacking threads (if you’ve used them) then repeat this step to decorate the other two pairs of hearts.

Valentine's Heart Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard
4. Use the templates provided to cut out one each of the following pieces: Heart A in red, Heart B in wisteria, Heart C in fuchsia, Heart D in cotton candy and Heart E in red. Arrange the heart shapes as shown.

Valentine's Heart Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard
5. Hold all the layers together, or secure them with a few small tacking stitches of sewing thread in the centre. Use half strands of white embroidery thread to backstitch around the inside of the central heart, sewing through all the layers of felt. Remove the tacking stitches if you’ve used them.

Valentine's Heart Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard
6. Decorate the rest of the layers with more white embroidery thread – alternating between backstitch and single radiating stitches, as shown.

Valentine's Heart Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

Valentine's Heart Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard
7. Use the Heart E template to cut a backing piece of red felt for the embroidered heart. Cut a 50cm length of the yarn you used to wrap the wreath. Thread a large, sharp needle with one end of yarn and tie a large knot in the other end. Then sew up the centre of the felt heart, as shown.

Valentine's Heart Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard
8. Place the decorated large heart and the plain backing heart together, so the knot of the yarn is hidden between the layers. Hold or pin them together and join the edges with red sewing thread. I used blanket stitch for this because it creates a lovely neat edge, but you could use whip stitch if you prefer. Make sure the yarn end sticks straight up from the top of the heart as you sew around it, and finish your stitching neatly at the back.

Valentine's Heart Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

Valentine's Heart Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard
9. Use the Felt Strip template to cut out 4 pieces of cotton candy felt. Also use the template as a guide to cut 4 pieces of purple ricrac and 4 wider pieces of fuchsia felt. Layer the pieces, as shown.

Valentine's Heart Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard
10. Use half strands of white embroidery thread to backstitch a straight line down the centre, sewing through all the layers. Repeat for all the ricrac and felt pieces, creating four decorated strips.

Valentine's Heart Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard
11. Trim the fuchsia felt with pinking shears to create a decorative zigzag edging. If you don’t have any pinking shears, just trim the felt with ordinary sewing scissors to create a narrow border.

Valentine's Heart Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard
12. Hang the large embroidered heart from the top of the wreath. Adjust the height of the heart until you’re happy with it and wait for the yarn to stop spinning so you can make sure the heart will hang straight. Once you’re happy with the position of the heart, knot the yarn securely and trim the excess yarn.

Valentine's Heart Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard
13. Position the felt pieces around the top of the wreath, as shown, pinning each shape in place. This is also a good time to add a length of yarn for hanging the wreath, if needed (i.e. if you’re not planning to hang the wreath directly on a hook or nail).

Valentine's Heart Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

14. Turn the wreath over and use a glue gun to secure the ends of the decorated strips to the back of the wreath. Work on one strip of felt at a time, removing one pin and folding the end of the strip back slightly. Carefully add a dab or two of hot glue to the wreath base then very carefully press the felt down into position. Then remove the pin from the other end of the strip and glue that in place. Repeat until you’ve removed all the pins and all four strips have been glued in position.

IMPORTANT: take care when working with the glue gun as the glue gets very hot! Always place it on a heat-proof mat when not in use, and use newspaper or other scrap paper to protect your workspace. Work slowly, squeezing the gun with care to control the amount of glue you’re using and keeping your fingers out of the way of the hot glue.
Tip: you may find it helpful to test glue a couple of scrap pieces of felt before you start, so you can see how much glue you need to use to hold each piece in place.

Valentine's Heart Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

Valentine's Heart Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard
15. Once the glue has dried, turn the wreath over and begin gluing the four hearts in place. One by one, remove a pin and turn the heart over. Add two or three dabs of glue to the back of the heart then carefully press it back in position on the wreath.

Valentine's Heart Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

Valentine's Heart Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

To see all of the tutorials in our A Year of Wreaths series, click here.

Valentine's Heart Wreath tutorial by Laura Howard

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A Year of Wreaths: January Rainbow Wreath by Laura Howard

We’re practically giddy about our new blog series with Laura Howard: A Year of Wreaths! I dreamed up the idea while sadly putting away our Christmas wreath and wishing I had something new to put up – but it’s not super common to put up a wreath in January. And why not? Wreaths are the best! And Laura’s ideas are so much fun. This happy wreath now hangs proudly on our shop door.

Read on for her January tutorial and if you’d like to take a class with Laura at our West Hampstead shop, you can sign up for her Felt Weather Mobile class on 28 January! Take it away, Laura!

Rainbow Felt Wreath Tutorial by Laura "Lupin" Howard of Bugs & Fishes

Every month this year I’ll be sharing a tutorial for making a seasonal wreath. First up: a bright and cheerful rainbow wreath to banish the January blues!

These happy colours are perfect for brightening up dull winter days and I’ve added a bit of sparkle too. All the supplies you’ll need are available from The Village Haberdashery – follow the links below for individual items or click here for the January wreath kit.

You will need:
The template sheet provided (click here to download and print the PDF)
*A 30cm polystyrene ring wreath base
*Wool blend felt in seven rainbow colours: Red, Hallows Eve, Banana Cream, Chartreuse, Blue Bayou, Wisteria and Cotton Candy
*Black and White wool blend felt
*Gutermann Metallic Effect Thread #41
*Sewing scissors
*Embroidery scissors
*Sewing needles and pins
*Glue gun and glue
*A heat-proof mat for the glue gun
*Newspaper to protect your workspace from any glue drips
*Optional: a piece of string or co-ordinating ribbon for hanging the wreath

To make the wreath:
1. Use the templates provided to cut out 7 small felt circles (one of each rainbow colour), 7 large black felt circles and 7 white felt letters spelling out the word “welcome”.

Tip: embroidery scissors are perfect for cutting out small felt shapes!

Rainbow Felt Wreath Tutorial by Laura "Lupin" Howard of Bugs & Fishes

2. One by one, sew each small circle to a backing large circle. Use Gutermann Metallic Effect thread and whip stitch, keeping your stitches as even as possible.

Tip: this metallic thread is easy to sew with, but I’d recommend cutting a shorter length of thread than you’d usually work with to make sure it doesn’t tangle.

Rainbow Felt Wreath Tutorial by Laura "Lupin" Howard of Bugs & Fishes
3. Add one letter to each circle in colour order: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink. Use more of the metallic thread to sew each letter in place, sewing around the inside of the letters with backstitch as shown.

Rainbow Felt Wreath Tutorial by Laura "Lupin" Howard of Bugs & Fishes

Rainbow Felt Wreath Tutorial by Laura "Lupin" Howard of Bugs & Fishes

4. Use the templates provided to cut the felt strips for wrapping the wreath. Cut 4 standard strips and 1 wide strip from red felt. Then cut 5 standard strips from each of the other 6 rainbow colours.

Rainbow Felt Wreath Tutorial by Laura "Lupin" Howard of Bugs & Fishes
5. Beginning with the wide red strip, position the felt pieces on top of the wreath base as shown. Add the pieces in colour order (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink), overlapping them slightly so that none of the polystyrene ring base will show through at the edges of the wreath.

Rainbow Felt Wreath Tutorial by Laura "Lupin" Howard of Bugs & Fishes

Rainbow Felt Wreath Tutorial by Laura "Lupin" Howard of Bugs & Fishes
6. When you’ve added all the pieces and are happy with the arrangement, insert pins to hold the felt in position.

Rainbow Felt Wreath Tutorial by Laura "Lupin" Howard of Bugs & Fishes
7. Turn the wreath over. One by one, wrap the felt pieces around the wreath and pin the ends in place.

Rainbow Felt Wreath Tutorial by Laura "Lupin" Howard of Bugs & Fishes
The back of your wreath will now look something like this:

Rainbow Felt Wreath Tutorial by Laura "Lupin" Howard of Bugs & Fishes
8. Use a glue gun to secure the ends of the felt at the back of the wreath. Work on one piece of felt at a time, removing the pin(s) holding it in place and folding the felt back slightly. Carefully add a dab or two of hot glue to the wreath base, then very carefully press the felt down into position,.

IMPORTANT: take care when working with the glue gun as the glue gets very hot! Always place it on a heat-proof mat when not in use, and use newspaper or other scrap paper to protect your workspace. Work slowly, squeezing the gun with care to control the amount of glue you’re using and keeping your fingers out of the way of the hot glue.

Tip: you may find it helpful to test glue a couple of scrap pieces of felt before you start, so you can see how much glue you need to use to hold each piece in place.

Rainbow Felt Wreath Tutorial by Laura "Lupin" Howard of Bugs & Fishes

Rainbow Felt Wreath Tutorial by Laura "Lupin" Howard of Bugs & Fishes
9. Once the glue has dried, turn the wreath over and remove the pins from the front. The front of your wreath will now look something like this:

Rainbow Felt Wreath Tutorial by Laura "Lupin" Howard of Bugs & Fishes
10. Arrange the felt circles on the wreath as shown, spelling out the word “welcome”. The edges of the circles should touch but not overlap each other. When you’re happy with the layout, pin the circles in place.

Tip: position the circles so they help hide the join where you started and finished wrapping the wreath.

Rainbow Felt Wreath Tutorial by Laura "Lupin" Howard of Bugs & Fishes
11. Use the glue gun to attach the circles to the wreath. One by one, remove a pin and set aside a circle. Add two or three dabs of glue on the wreath then carefully press the circle back in place. Make sure to keep the letters neatly aligned as you glue them in place!

Rainbow Felt Wreath Tutorial by Laura "Lupin" Howard of Bugs & Fishes
12. If needed, cut a length of string or co-ordinating ribbon and knot it securely around the top of the wreath. Use this to hang the wreath in your chosen spot.

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Tutorial! Modern macrame plant hanger by Susana Cunha

I was so thrilled to find Susana Cunha, a super talented macrame artist, and add her classes to our schedule! Last November, Susana taught a private class for Caroline, Kym and I in the shop so we could make macrame plant hangers for a future shop window display. It was so fun, easy to learn and quick! You’ll be so delighted with what you can accomplish in just a couple of hours and I can imagine this being a really relaxing craft to unwind with in the evenings, too.

We are so lucky that Susana is sharing her plant hanger tutorial with us on the blog today but if you want to take her class and learn in real life, you can sign up to her next class on 28 January which will teach you how to create a beautiful macrame wall hanging. You can (and should!) also find and follow Susana on Not on the High Street and Instagram.

Traditionally, most of the macrame you see is created using cotton rope or cord which has a beautiful bohemian vibe. For our classes, we’ll use Hoooked Zpagetti t-shirt yarn for the range of colours, accessibility and to give this project a modern spin. Either will work for this tutorial.

Over to you, Susana!

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn

This basic plant hanger is an easy introduction to macrame and is suitable for beginners. It features three types of basic decorative knots: Square Knot (SK), Spiral Stitch and Wrapped Knot. Once you’re comfortable with the basics, you can add beads, decorations, or additional knots to add character!

Finished Size: Approximately 115 cm (45 inches) tall, which includes the fringe.

Supplies Needed:

Prep:

  • Cut 6 cords, each 6 meters long
  • Cut 2 cords, 50 cm long

If using cotton rope instead of t-shirt yarn, prepare the tips of the cords to prevent unravelling by using tape. When using tape, compress the tips so they are as narrow as possible.

Method:

Step 1: Pass half of the cords through the metal ring, while holding the ring upright. They should dangle over the bottom of it.
Match the ends of each cord as you pass it through, so it is balanced.

Do the same with the remaining cords, placing them on top of the first group.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn
Start a Wrapped Knot tying an Overhand knot at one end of a 50 cm cord. Secure it next to the ring.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn
Wrap the long portion around the cords on the ring several times. Make sure you wrap firmly, until the knot is 3 or 4 cm long.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn
Pass what’s left of the long portion through the folded area, which looks like a loop.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn
Pull the secured end, which has the Overhand knot. The fold and the other end will be pulled inside the bottom of the Wrapped knot. Make sure you pull it half way through the knot.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn
Cut off the excess material from each end of the cord used to make the Wrapped Knot. Be careful not to cut the long cords on the ring. Tuck the stubs inside the knot so they can’t be seen.

Divide the cords into groups of 4. Bundle each group by wrapping all 4 cords around your hand several times. Secure with a rubber band.

Step 2: Mentally number the four cords in one group. The fillers are 2 – 3, and the working cords are 1 and 4.
Tie the first Square Knot as shown below.

Move cord 1 to the right, over cords 2 – 3 and under cord 4.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn

Move cord 4 to the left, under cords 2 – 3 and over cord 1. Tighten firmly.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn

Cords 1 and 4 have switched places, so the direction is reversed for the second half of the Square Knot:

Move cord 1 to the left, over cords 2 – 3 and under cord 4.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn

Move cord 4 to the right, under cords 2 – 3 and over cord 1. Tighten firmly.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn
Continue tying Square Knots to create a sennit. Push the knots close together as you progress. Tighten each knot firmly. Stop when you have completed 10 square knots.

Repeat step 2 with the remaining groups of four cords.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn

Step 3: Measure 10cm after the last square knot on the sennit of one of the groups of four cords. We can now start tying a series of half square knots to create a spiral.

Half Knot

Move working cord 1 to the right, over the fillers (2 and 3) and under working cord 4.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn

Move working cord 4 to the left, under the fillers and over working cord 1.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn
When making the Spiral Stitch for your Basic Plant Hanger, the cord will naturally start twisting once you tie the first 5 Half knots; hold the fillers steady and keep tying half knots.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn
Step 4: Create a Spiral Stitch design by tying 12 Half Knots as described above. Stop when the sennit is made of 12 Half Knots.

Step 5: Measure 10cm after the last half square knot on the spiral of one of the cords you have been working on and start trying more half knots to create a further spiral.

Step 6: Repeat steps 3 – 5 for each group of cords bundled in step 1.

Cradle

Now you will make the Cradle at the bottom of the Basic Plant Hanger. Measure the plant pot, and find the halfway point by dividing the total height by 2. So if the pot is 6 inches tall, the measurement will be 3 inches.

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Locate two sennits that rest next to each other, and secure them. Make sure they are not twisted. Mentally re-number the cords in each sennit 1 – 4.

Step 7: Alternate by selecting cords 3 and 4 from the left sennit, combined with cords 1 and 2 from the right sennit.
Measure from the last SK of one sennit down to the measurement you just calculated for the halfway point on the pot. Tie one Square Knot at that point.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn

Step 8: Repeat step 7 using the remaining cords. This is much easier if you suspend the Basic Plant Hanger by the ring at the top.
Make sure the sennits are not twisted, and that you are combining cords from two sennits that rest next to each other.

Step 9: You now need to alternate the cords again, as described in Step 7. Start by mentally re-numbering the cords coming from two sets of SK tied in the previous step. Measure from the bottom of the SK tied in step 7, down the same measurement. This way the next knot rests at the lower edge of the pot. Repeat using the remaining cords.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn

Step 10: Measure the bottom of the pot, from the edge to the centre (1/2 the bottom area).

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Step 11: Tie a Wrapped Knot (as you did in step 1) around all the cords where you measured the centre of the pot to be.
After tightening it, place the pot in the Cradle. The knot should rest in the centre of the pot. Make adjustments as needed.

Important: Pull on each cord to eliminate any space between the Wrapped Knot and the SK.

Finishing Touches

Cut off the excess material from the cord used to make the Wrapped knot, and tuck the stubs inside so they can’t be seen.

Step 12: Trim the ends of all the cords so they are even. For other materials, you have the option of tying finishing knots, or to, if you’re using cord, unravel and brush to create a brushed fringe for your plant hanger.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn

 

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Caroline’s pom pom Christmas wreath tutorial

Caroline‘s pom pom Christmas wreath is inspired by a project in Mollie Makes. It’s such a fun project to do with the family, because kids will love making pom poms and choosing decorations for the wreath while you can wield the glue gun!

Christmas Pom Pom Wreath Tutorial

Materials:
*1 polystyrene loop
*Multipom pom pom maker
*2 balls Rico Essentials Soft Merino Aran in Grey (for background)
*1 ball each Rico Essentials Merino DK in Red, Green, Ivory and Deep Blue
*1m twine
*Jingle bells
*Hot glue gun and about 8 refills

Optional decorations I used:

*3 empty wooden bobbins
*3m of shiny thread to wrap bobbins
*2 Wonder Clips
*2 wooden elf
*1 sewing machine bobbin with fun colour thread
*8 buttons attached with pins

Let’s start!

Prepare your wreath

Prepare your wreath by wrapping your wreath loop with yarn. You’ll need approximately two 50g balls. Save about a metre to use for hanging. Secure with a knot. String a piece of yarn or baker’s twine with jingle bells and wrap it around your wreath, making sure the bells are facing front and are evenly spaced.

Using the Multipom

Create about 12-15 pom poms in various sizes using your four colours of yarn. I used  ake your pom-pom big or small, you can choose your size once you start trimming them.
Start decorating: I use my bit from my craft studio from 2016. Some empty wooden bobbins, a couple of binding clips, a couple of wooden 2 elf (tree ornaments) and 4 pine cones.

Loosely wrap yarn around the Multipom about 80 times. Cut 30cm lengths of yarn and tie them in evenly spaced knots around your wrapped yarn.

Multipom pom pom tutorial

Cut in between each knot.

Multipom pom pom tutorial

Multipom pom pom tutorial

Trim and fluff your pom poms.

Multipom pom pom tutorial

Make as many as you want!

Multipom pom pom tutorial

Decorating your wreath

Tie your pom poms to the background yarn, or glue with a hot glue gun. Gather them in bunches around your wreath.

Christmas Pom Pom Wreath Tutorial

Christmas Pom Pom Wreath Tutorial

Christmas Pom Pom Wreath Tutorial

Christmas Pom Pom Wreath Tutorial

Christmas Pom Pom Wreath Tutorial

Continue to decorate as you wish! Using your hot glue gun, glue on other bits around your wreath. I used buttons, wooden bobbins and pinecones.

Christmas Pom Pom Wreath Tutorial

Christmas Pom Pom Wreath Tutorial

To display, tie a piece of yarn or cord around the top of the loop and hang it from a medium sized command hook.

Christmas Pom Pom Wreath Tutorial

Christmas Pom Pom Wreath Tutorial

Christmas Pom Pom Wreath Tutorial

Christmas Pom Pom Wreath Tutorial

Christmas Pom Pom Wreath Tutorial

Merry Christmas!

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Tutorial! Felt Christmas Baubles by Laura Howard

We’re thrilled that Laura Howard is back with a tutorial for her lovely vintage-style felt Christmas baubles! Read on for the tutorial and if you’d like to take one of Laura’s classes you can find them here.

Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard

Sew a set of felt ornaments for your Christmas tree or to give as gifts this season! These decorations were inspired by pretty vintage glass baubles and are so much fun to sew.

Make them in classic red and greens, retro pink, turquoise and lilac, or any colour combo that takes your fancy. Mix and match the colours across the set, and decorate them with co-ordinating embroidery thread, ribbons and trims, plus sequins and beads to add some festive sparkle. You could also use things like mini buttons and mini pompoms, or even strips of festive fabric cut with pinking shears.

You will need:

The template sheet provided (click here to download and print the PDF)

*Three co-ordinating shades of wool felt for the baubles
*Light grey felt for the bauble caps
*Sewing thread to match all the felt colours
*Embroidery thread in co-ordinating colours
*Narrow ribbon for hanging the baubles (approx. 7 inches per bauble)
*Assorted co-ordinating ribbons, ric-rac, sequins and seed beads for decorating the baubles
*Sewing scissors
*Embroidery scissors (these are great for cutting out small shapes!)
*Sewing needles and pins
*Optional: air erasable fabric marker, a ruler, toy stuffing, and pinking shears

To make each bauble:

  1. Use the templates provided to cut two matching bauble pieces from your chosen shade of felt, and two cap pieces from light grey felt. Pin or hold the paper templates onto the felt as you cut around them.

Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard

  1. Use pinking shears to cut a contrasting strip of felt to sit in the middle of the bauble. You can cut this by eye, or use a ruler and an air erasable fabric marker to draw guide lines to cut along. You can make this felt strip as wide or narrow as you like, but it must be long enough to overhang each side of the bauble as shown.

Don’t have a pair of pinking shears? Just cut a straight edge with your sewing scissors instead.

Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard

  1. Pin the felt strip to one of the bauble pieces and trim it to size. Using running stitch and matching sewing thread sew along the top and bottom edge, then remove the pin.

Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard

Now comes the fun part: decorating the bauble! You can use the photos in this post as inspiration, or get creative and come up with your own bauble designs. The basic design principle to follow is to add the embellishments in rows, keeping things as symmetrical as possible.

  1. Start by adding ribbon and/or ric-rac. To add each piece, cut a length slightly wider than the bauble (so it overhangs the edges by 1-2 cm at each side). Pin or hold the ribbon/ric-rac in place and sew along it with matching sewing thread. You can use running stitch, or sew tiny whip stitches along the edges. Fold the ends of the ribbon / ric-rac over and secure it at the back of the bauble shape with a few whip stitches, sewing into the felt but not through it.

Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard

You could add one piece of ribbon or add several pieces (as shown above). Create contrast and detail by sewing a narrow ribbon on top of a wider one, or by sewing a piece of ric-rac onto a second strip of contrasting felt (add this felt strip using the same method as in steps 2 and 3, but without the pinked edges).

Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard

  1. Next, add some embroidery. Use co-ordinating embroidery thread, separate half the strands (so for six-stranded embroidery thread, just use three strands at a time) and switch to a larger sewing needle if necessary.

If you’re an embroidery whizz you can add any stitches you fancy. I decorated my baubles with lines of running stitch and simple patterns of Xs and Vs, each sewn from pairs of stitches.

To help keep your designs symmetrical, sew outwards from the centre of each row then fill in the second half with the same number of stitches.

Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard
Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard

Tip: If you have trouble keeping your stitched lines straight, use an air-erasable marker and a ruler to mark guide lines to sew along.

  1. To finish the decoration, add a selection of sequins and small beads. Use matching sewing thread to sew each embellishment in place – I used thread to match the felt / ribbon I was sewing onto, but you could match your thread to the embellishments themselves if you prefer.

Sew each seed bead with a double thickness of thread, using one stitch per bead. Secure each sequin with two or three stitches, depending on the size and shape of your chosen sequins. I used two stitches for the round sequins, and three for the stars.

Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard

Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard

  1. Turn over the undecorated bauble piece. Position the two cap pieces on the top of the bauble pieces (which will become the front and back of the bauble) and sew them in place with two stitches each: one between each scallop.

You’ll see that the cap pieces are larger than the cap shape on the top of the bauble – this is so that when you sew the grey felt caps together the bright felt of the bauble tops will be completely hidden inside the grey caps.

Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard

  1. Turn the back bauble piece over again, and add a ribbon loop to the top. Cut a length of narrow ribbon about 7 inches long, fold it in half to form a loop and sew the ends in place with whip stitch and matching sewing thread. Take care to sew into the felt, not through it.

Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard

  1. Place the two layers of the bauble together and begin joining the edges. Start with the cap, sewing around it with whip stitch and matching grey sewing thread.

Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard

If you want to stuff the baubles, add a very small piece of toy stuffing to the cap.

Then start sewing around the edge of the bauble, using whip stitch and matching sewing thread. If you’re leaving the bauble unstuffed, sew all the way round the bauble and finish your stitching neatly at the back.

Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard

If you’re adding stuffing, sew most of the way round then stuff the bauble evenly with small pieces of toy stuffing and sew up the gap.

Tip: When sewing the long bauble, I’d recommend stuffing it gradually as you sew up the second side.

 

Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard

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Tutorial! Caroline’s Christmas Tree Quilt

Caroline made the beautiful Christmas Tree Quilt in our new Christmas shop window display and we get so many comments on it! Festive and bright, it mixes traditional colours with modern prints and lots of metallic gold for wow factor! She created this quilt design based on her long-time love of strip piecing and recent discovery of triangle rulers, two elements that simplify the construction.

Caroline's Christmas Tree Quilt Tutorial

We put together a bundle of the fabrics Caroline used for her quilt and you can find it in the shop here. Please note, the default option for this bundle is skinny quarters because that’s what Caroline used so if you want fat quarters please be sure to leave us a comment on your order. Doesn’t this bundle just make you want to start singing dec the halls?

Update/correction: Caroline used 11 fabrics for her quilt. The one that is missing from this picture is Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge – Timber Valley in Cranberry Metallic by Violet Craft (Michael Miller) because it is now sold out. You need at least nine different quarter metres for this project but you are free to use more!

Caroline's Christmas Tree Quilt Bundle

Clockwise from top, this bundle includes:

Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge – Timber Valley in Evergreen Metallic by Violet Craft (Michael Miller)
Pixie NoelPixie Floral in White by Tasha Noel (Riley Blake)
Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge – Shimmer Reflection in Red by Violet Craft (Michael Miller)
Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge – Brambleberry in Evergreen Metallic by Violet Craft (Michael Miller)
SparkleSnowflake Sparkle in Gold Metallic (Riley Blake)
Juniper BerryHolly Berry in Winter Vanilla by Basic Grey (Moda)
Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge – Brambleberry in Burgundy Metallic by Violet Craft (Michael Miller).
Postcards for SantaDeer in Gold by My Mind’s Eye (Riley Blake)
Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge – Shimmer Reflection in Green by Violet Craft (Michael Miller)
Winter Essentials IIIRibbons in Red (Studio E)

Now, over to Caroline! This tutorial will make a 39” x 59” finished quilt – a great size for a throw.

Materials:

Construction:

1. Cut your fabric into 2 ½” x WOF (width of fabric) strips.

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2. Lay the strips out in groups of four. I used eight groups of four strips each. Sew the strips together and press the seams to the darker strips.

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3. Use your triangle ruler and cut the patchwork strips into 40 triangles. Your seam allowance is in the ruler.

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4. Cut your white triangles on the grain. For your half triangles, make sure to leave a ¼” seam allowance and trim with your ruler. I am using the patchwork half triangle for a reference only.

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They will look like this:

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5. Lay out all of your triangles. Number your rows and take pictures so you can refer back to them when sewing your triangles together.

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6. Let’s sew! Sew your triangles together, making sure to match the corners.

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7. Once you’ve completed your eight rows, sew the rows together. After joining the rows, press the seam upwards, so your triangles end up with a sharp tip.

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8. Baste and quilt as desired. I used Dream Puff wading for a fluffier quilt and quilted in the ditch so the quilting lines are two inches apart. If you use Dream Puff, I don’t recommend quilting closer together or you could get some bunching.

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I use Pilot Frixion Pen to mark my quilting lines. The lines disappear with a hot iron (but test your fabric first!)

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9. I used all of my scraps to make a fun binding. My binding was about 5 ½ metres long. Bind using your preferred method.

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Have fun!!! And be cosy this Christmas.

Caroline's Christmas Tree Quilt tutorial

Caroline's Christmas Tree Quilt tutorial

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Tutorial! Quilted Christmas table runner

We have such a fun Christmas project for you today! Caroline designed this quilted table runner based on the simplest of briefs (I want a table runner! made of triangles!) and it is seriously adorable. It brightens up our shop and it is just the perfect thing to decorate your table for Christmas lunch or to put under the mince pies and carrots you leave out for Santa and his reindeer!

Quilted Christmas table runner

The finished table runner you see here is 18” x 28 ½” but you’ll have enough fabric to customise your size if you grab one of the skinny quarter bundles we put together for this project. Our bundle mixes traditional red and green with pops of peach, gold and icy blue. There are so many opportunities for fussy cutting too, using the adorable designs by Aless Baylis from Festive Friends. You can find this bundle in the shop here.

Christmas Table Runner Bundle
This bundle includes, clockwise from top:

Cotton and Steel BasicsNetorious in Anna Peach (Cotton and Steel)
Festive Friends – Friends in Aqua by Aless Bayliss (Dashwood Studio)
Studio ChristmasMini Candy Cane Stripe in Red (Michael Miller)
TwistGold (Dashwood Studio)
Festive Friends – Friends in Pink by Aless Bayliss (Dashwood Studio)
HandmadeDot in Red by Bonnie & Camille (Moda)
Kona Cotton SolidsWillow (Robert Kaufman)
Festive Friends – Puddings by Aless Bayliss (Dashwood Studio)

Quilted Christmas table runner

Quilted Christmas table runner

Materials:

Construction:

1. To make the table runner in the same size as the pictures, cut 40 triangles + 8 corners on grain using the 5 ½” triangle measurement on your ruler. I used 23 triangles + 1 corner of designer fabric and 17 triangles + 7 corners of stash builders and solids.

Quilted Christmas table runner
2. Arrange your triangles in rows at random until you’re happy with the layout. When planning my layout, I arranged the directional pieces to face one way on half of the table runner and the opposite way on the other side, so when you’re looking at it from your side of the table it will look right-side-up.

I used four rows of triangles to fit my table but you can adjust the layout with your own table measurements and add more triangles to fit to size. You should have enough fabric to cut additional triangles but keep in mind that fussy-cutting takes extra fabric.

Quilted Christmas table runner

3. Sew your triangles together into strips and press the seams open.

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4. Sew the strips together.

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5. Spray or pin baste. Quilt as desired and bind. I used very simple straight line quilting and bound the quilt by machine.

Quilted Christmas table runner

Top with decorations or treats and enjoy!

Quilted Christmas table runner

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Laura’s Autumn Felt Wreath Tutorial

The super talented Laura Howard designed this beautiful autumn wreath for a class for our West Hampstead shop and now she is sharing a tutorial for all of you to make at home! If you’d like to take one of Laura’s classes you can find them here.

We love this wreath so much, but if you don’t fancy making the whole wreath the templates can be used to make a toadstool brooch or you can add ribbon loops to turn the toadstools into Christmas ornaments!

Laura Howard's Autumn Felt Wreath

You will need:

*The template sheet (opens as a pdf in a new page to print)
*A 30cm polystyrene ring wreath base
*Chunky yarn in an autumnal shade
*Red, white and dark brown wool or wool-blend felt
*Matching red, white and dark brown sewing thread
*Assorted autumnal shades of felt for the leaves. Laura used Pumpkin Spice, Butternut Squash, Old Gold, Barn Red and Copper Kettle
*Red, orange and light brown embroidery thread
*Toy stuffing
*Sewing scissors
*Embroidery scissors (these are great for cutting out felt shapes!)
*Sewing needles and pins
*Glue gun and glue
*Heat-proof mat for the glue gun
*Newspaper to protect your workspace from any glue drips
*Optional: air-erasable fabric marker pen, a pencil

To make the toadstools:

1. Use the templates provided to cut out the toadstool pieces (as marked on the template sheet). Pin each paper template onto the correct felt colour, cut around it carefully with embroidery scissors then remove the pin. Don’t throw away any scraps of white felt as you’ll need them to decorate the toadstools. Both sizes of toadstool (large and small) are constructed in the same way.

2. Place the two white toadstool pieces together. Starting near the top of the cap, begin sewing the edges together with whip stitch and white sewing thread. Sew down the stalk then up the other side, stuffing it gradually with small pieces of toy stuffing. Continue sewing up around the cap, leaving a small gap at the top. Stuff the cap with more toy stuffing then sew up the gap with more whip stitches.

Tip: use the closed blades of your embroidery scissors or the point of a pencil to gently poke the stuffing into all the corners of the toadstool so it’s evenly stuffed.

Laura Howard's Autumn Felt Wreath Tutorial
3. Use embroidery scissors to cut out an assortment of small circles from the white felt scraps. You could cut these freehand (they don’t need to be perfect circles!) or use an air-erasable marker pen to draw circles on the felt and cut them out. Arrange the circles on one of the red cap pieces. For a natural-looking toadstool, make sure your arrangement isn’t symmetrical. One by one, sew each circle in place with white sewing thread and an X of two stitches.
Tip: don’t position the circles too close to the edge of the cap – remember you’ll need to sew around the edge of the cap in the next step.
Laura Howard's Autumn Felt Wreath Tutorial
4. Sandwich the stuffed toadstool shape between the two matching red cap pieces. Start stitching where the cap and stalk meet, sewing up and around the cap until you reach the top of the stalk again. Use whip stitch and matching red sewing thread, joining the edges of the red felt so the white felt cap is completely hidden inside.

Laura Howard's Autumn Felt Wreath Tutorial
5. Continue whip stitching across the bottom of the red cap, sewing through all the layers of felt and stuffing and pulling each stitch tight. Turn the toadstool back and forth as you sew, so you can make sure your red stitches aren’t overlapping onto the white of the stalk. Finish your stitching neatly at the back.

Laura Howard's Autumn Felt Wreath Tutorial
Variations: for a slightly different look, you could use whip stitch to attach each felt circle instead of an X of two stitches. You could also use white seed beads, white sequins or even small white buttons to decorate the toadstool caps instead of using felt circles.

To make the mushroom:

1. Use the templates provided to cut out the mushroom pieces (as marked on the template sheet). Pin each paper template onto the correct felt colour, cut around it carefully with embroidery scissors then remove the pin.

2. Sew and stuff the two white mushroom pieces, using the method described in step 2 of the toadstool instructions (above).

Laura Howard's Autumn Felt Wreath Tutorial
3. Position the brown mushroom cap piece (A) on the white mushroom cap piece (B) and pin it in place. Use dark brown sewing thread and whip stitch to sew along the bottom edge of the brown felt shape. Remove the pin. Turn the cap pieces over and carefully trim the excess white felt above the line of stitching, as shown below right.

Laura Howard's Autumn Felt Wreath Tutorial
4. Place the white stalk piece on the cap pieces as pictured below, so the top of the stalk slightly overlaps the bottom of the mushroom cap. Hold or pin the layers of felt together and whip stitch along the top of the stalk with white sewing thread.

Laura Howard's Autumn Felt Wreath Tutorial
5. Cut a piece of light brown embroidery thread and separate half the strands (so, for six-stranded thread use three strands). Switch to a larger needle if necessary and backstitch around the top of the stalk, sewing flush with the edge of the felt. Then use an air-erasable fabric marker pen to draw several lines radiating from the top of the stalk. Sew along each line with backstitch and more half strands of light brown embroidery thread. Don’t sew all the way to the edge of the white felt – leave a small gap at each end of the lines, as shown below.

If you don’t have an air-erasable pen just sew the lines freehand using the photo as a guide.

Laura Howard's Autumn Felt Wreath Tutorial
6. Place the embroidered mushroom on the stuffed mushroom shape, lining up the stalks. Starting at the top of the stalk, sew down the stalk and around it using white sewing thread and whip stitch to join the pieces together. Then add the brown mushroom cap piece (B) at the back and begin stitching up around the cap. Start with white thread, switch to brown as you sew around the brown felt, and then switch back to white again on the other side of the cap.
Finally, sew along the bottom edge of the cap at the back of the mushroom (don’t stitch through all the layers as in step 5 of the toadstool instructions) then finish your stitching neatly.

Laura Howard's Autumn Felt Wreath Tutorial
Variation: instead of making a mushroom and three toadstools to decorate the wreath, you could use the “mushroom” and “mushroom cap B” templates to make a third red and white toadstool.

To make the leaves:

1. Use the leaf templates provided to cut out 24 felt leaves in assorted autumnal colours (12 large and 12 small). Pin each paper template onto your chosen felt colour, cut around it with sewing scissors then remove the pin. I used six felt colours, cutting two large and two small leaves of each colour.

2. Add detail to your leaves with half strands of contrasting embroidery thread (i.e. for six-stranded embroidery thread just use three strands). Sew a line of running stitches down the centre of each leaf then finish your stitching at the back and trim any excess threads.

Laura Howard's Autumn Felt Wreath Tutorial
Variation: keep the leaves unstitched for a simpler look, or mix and match stitched and unstitched leaves.

To wrap the wreath base:

Chunky yarn is perfect for wrapping the wreath! I chose brown yarn, which goes well with the autumnal colours of the wreath but allows the leaves and toadstools to stand out. Grey or black would also look great, as would an autumnal shade like burnt orange or mustard yellow to match your leaf colours.

Tip: if you’re using thinner yarn, use two balls of matching yarn and wrap with two strands at once (one from each ball) to save time.

1. Secure the yarn with a knot at what will become the back of your wreath. Begin wrapping the yarn around the wreath base, passing the skein/ball of yarn through the hole in the centre of the wreath as you wrap the yarn around the outside.

2. Hide the loose yarn end under the yarn as you wrap, and make sure that you’re not leaving any gaps where the white wreath base shows through. Continue wrapping, gradually covering the whole of the wreath base with your chosen yarn. This can take a while, so I highly recommend wrapping your wreath while watching a film or an episode of your favourite TV show.

3. Once the whole wreath base has been covered with yarn, tie a knot securely at the back and carefully trim the loose end so it won’t be visible when the wreath is hung up.

To assemble the wreath:

1. Arrange the leaves on the yarn-wrapped wreath base, using the photo below as a guide. When you’re happy with the arrangement pin each leaf in place, inserting the pin at the bottom of each leaf.

Laura Howard's Autumn Felt Wreath Tutorial
Laura Howard's Autumn Felt Wreath Tutorial
2. Heat up your glue gun then use it to attach the leaves to the wreath. Work inwards, holding the leaf back and applying a small dab of glue to the wreath then lightly pressing the outer/top half of the leaf down so it sticks in place. Then remove the pin from the bottom of the leaf and glue the lower half.

When you reach the central cluster of leaves, glue all the outer/top halves of the leaves then remove the central pins and glue the inner/bottom halves of the leaves one by one.

IMPORTANT: take care when working with the glue gun as the glue gets very hot! Always place it on a heat-proof mat when not in use, and use newspaper to protect your workspace. Work slowly, squeezing the gun with care to control the amount of glue you’re using and keeping your fingers out of the way of the hot glue.

Tip: you may find it helpful to test glue a couple of scrap pieces of felt before you start, so you can see how much glue you need to use to hold each piece in place.

3. Arrange the mushroom and two toadstools on the leaves. When you’re happy with their position, glue them in place one by one. Apply several dabs of glue to the back of each mushroom/toadstool where it will lie against the leaves, then place it in position and press firmly.

Laura Howard's Autumn Felt Wreath Tutorial
4. Finally, cut a length of yarn or co-ordinating ribbon and knot it securely around the top of the wreath. Use this to hang the wreath in your chosen spot.

Laura Howard's Autumn Felt Wreath

Laura Howard's Autumn Felt Wreath

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Domestic goddess Christmas apron tutorial

The Christmas cookie recipe print from Riley Blake is a huge shop favourite and we thought it would be absolutely perfect for a vintage-style apron. Tie on this adorable apron as you make magic in the kitchen and you’ll look every inch the domestic goddess you are! (Seriously, put on a full-skirted half-apron with a big bow and I dare you not to pop your hip and grab your phone for a selfie because you’ll feel like the cutest thing ever, regardless of whatever else you’re wearing.) Read on for Kym‘s tutorial to make your own or whip one up as a gift for a friend who loves to cook!

Domestic Goddess Christmas Half Apron Tutorial

What you will need:

Make a paper pattern for the apron tie piece on the pattern sheet using the paper of your choice.

Cut out your pieces. Be sure to cut two pairs of the apron tie piece and not four the same direction! When you’re done cutting, your pieces should look like this:

Domestic Goddess Christmas Half Apron Tutorial

Apply the interfacing to the wrong side of one of the waistband front pieces. This piece will become the front piece and the second will become the waistband facing.

Domestic Goddess Christmas Half Apron Tutorial

Place the front waistband and waistband facing pieces right sides together. Pin and sew along one long edge using a 1cm seam allowance.

Domestic Goddess Christmas Half Apron Tutorial

Domestic Goddess Christmas Half Apron Tutorial

With an iron, press the seam towards the waistband front piece. Press up 1cm along the bottom of the facing piece.

Domestic Goddess Christmas Half Apron Tutorial

Fold the waistband the right way and press along the crease.

Domestic Goddess Christmas Half Apron Tutorial

Pin your apron tie pairs right sides together and stitch around the edges using a 1cm seam allowance, stopping and starting at the X marks on the pattern sheet to leave a gap for turning. Don’t forget to back/lock stitch at the beginning and end. Pivot at points A and B.

Domestic Goddess Christmas Half Apron Tutorial

Domestic Goddess Christmas Half Apron Tutorial

Clip the curve and chop of the points.

Domestic Goddess Christmas Half Apron Tutorial

Domestic Goddess Christmas Half Apron Tutorial

Turn to the right side and use a point turner or a large knitting needle to push out the points. Press.

Domestic Goddess Christmas Half Apron Tutorial

Top stitch around the edges if you wish.

Domestic Goddess Christmas Half Apron Tutorial

Stitch two rows of gathering stitches along the top of your apron front piece, one 1cm from the edge and the other 2cm from the edge. Remember to leave the thread tails long.

Domestic Goddess Christmas Half Apron Tutorial

Gather to the same length as the waistband front and pin right sides together distributing the gathers evenly. Use plenty of pins.

Domestic Goddess Christmas Half Apron Tutorial

Domestic Goddess Christmas Half Apron Tutorial

Sew the seam using a 1.5cm seam allowance.

Domestic Goddess Christmas Half Apron Tutorial

Remove the visible basting stitches, trim the seam allowance and press up towards the waistband.

Domestic Goddess Christmas Half Apron Tutorial

The top of the wrong side of your apron should now look like this…

Domestic Goddess Christmas Half Apron Tutorial

Hem the two edges of the apron using a 1.5cm double fold hem.

Domestic Goddess Christmas Half Apron Tutorial

Domestic Goddess Christmas Half Apron Tutorial

Domestic Goddess Christmas Half Apron Tutorial

Domestic Goddess Christmas Half Apron Tutorial

Insert the apron ties into the sides of the waistband as shown below.

Domestic Goddess Christmas Half Apron Tutorial

Pin in place. Stitch along the edge of the waistband to secure the ties in place.

Domestic Goddess Christmas Half Apron Tutorial

This is how your apron should now look…

Domestic Goddess Christmas Half Apron Tutorial

Top stitch across the top of the waistband if you wish.

Pin down the waistband facing and stitch in the ditch (where the waistband meets the apron front) from the right side of the apron to secure it down.

Domestic Goddess Christmas Half Apron Tutorial

Domestic Goddess Christmas Half Apron Tutorial

Try on your apron and decide how long you would like it to be. Hem the skirt with a double fold hem to your preferred length.

Domestic Goddess Christmas Half Apron Tutorial

Give your apron a good press and it is ready to wear for serving up Christmas dinner!

Domestic Goddess Christmas Half Apron Tutorial
Domestic Goddess Christmas Half Apron Tutorial

Domestic Goddess Christmas Half Apron Tutorial

Domestic Goddess Christmas Half Apron Tutorial

Domestic Goddess Christmas Half Apron Tutorial

Domestic Goddess Christmas Half Apron Tutorial

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