I got this idea after seeing yet another little hand embroidery glued in a plastic frame. So I thought, “Why not do this using a wreath and an embroidery design on my embroidery machine?” I found wreaths at the Goodwill and removed the old decorations that were looking rather sad and added new ribbons, felt leaves, bows, and wooden pieces… They turned out pretty neat!
First, choose your wreath. Measure it to determine how large a piece of fabric you’ll need. Once you know that, choose your embroidery design. Make sure it will fit the open space of the wreath! Next, hoop your fabric and stitch the design. I used burlap, unbleached muslin, unbleached duck cloth for mine. While the design is embroidering, you can wrap ribbon around your wreath if you want. Once the embroidery is finished, cut a circle around it, keeping the design in the center. Now, if you haven’t used a medium weight cutaway stabilizer, use spray adhesive to attach some now. Then choose you backing fabric and cut that circle just 1/8th of an inch larger all around than the embroidered piece. Use a hot glue gun to glue the embroidered piece to the back of the wreath with the picture of course facing into the wreath the way you want it to look when you’re done. Now spray some spray on adhesive on the back and place your backing fabric right side up on it and smooth it on. The edges should hang a little past the embroidery piece’s edge so take the glue gun and glue those edges down too. Now turn your wreath over and add little decorations like bows, felt leaves, tiny wooden decorations-bird houses, numbers, letters, shapes, etc- to the wreath with the hot glue gun. Now you’re done! Hang it on a hook and enjoy! If you don’t have an embroidery machine and or don’t want to make this yourself, check out my etsy shop Sewing4GirlsToday and purchase one of these or ask for a custom embroidery that you can then add to your own wreath! 🙂