A Year of Wreaths: March Daffodil Wreath 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 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:
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.