Today, I want to share a quick gift idea.  This cute little wreath can be made in about 90 minutes and makes a beautiful gift... 

 

Supplies:

1 yard cotton fabric

6", 7", or 8" wooden embroidery hoop (one hoop makes two wreaths)

4" piece of chenille pipe cleaner

hot glue gun

Directions:

1.  Cut (3) 9" x WOF  strips (you need 2-1/2 strips to make the wreath)

2.  Cut (1) 4" x 31" strip for the bow.

3.  Sew the 9" sections together, placing the shorter strip between the two longer strips.  I use a flat fell seam, but a seam pressed open will work fine.

4.  Narrow hem around all four sides.

5.  Press the long strip wrong sides together, aligning the hemmed edges. 

6.  To make the casing, stitch 3/4" from fold and again 1" from the first row of stitching.

7.  Using one part of the wooden embroidery hoop (either open the outer section by removing the screw or cut the inner section), slide the casing onto the hoop.  Replace the screw or securely tape the cut hoop.  Distribute the wreath fabric evenly around the hoop, making sure the small ruffle is toward the center of the hoop. 

8.  To make the bow, fold fabric right sides together and stitch the short ends and long end, leaving a small opening toward the center for turning.  You can stitch the short ends on an angle to give the diagonal look to the bow.  Trim the corners, turn, and press.  Tie into a bow.

9.  Hot glue the bow to the wreath at the center bottom.  I like gluing the bow to the wreath where the edges meet.

10.  Make a loop from the pipe cleaner and twist to secure.  Hot glue the loop to the back of the wreath at the center top.  Add another small amount of hot glue over the twisted point to keep the wire from scratching your wall.

For a written copy of the pattern with additional pictures and to see the finished wreath, stop in to Quilt N Go on Friday.  Happy sewing!