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Friday, April 15, 2011

May Arts DT Challenge Round 1 Spring Door Wreath

Spring Door Wreath

Congratulations to Jenifer Cowles of Scrapbooking-N-More for her Spring Door Wreath tutorial:

I made my daughter this quilt for her room and really wanted something bright and fun to coordinate with her quilt to hang on her bedroom door.  I really like the way that it turned out, but you could alter it for any occasion or door you would like.  I hope you enjoy my tutorial and would absolutely love to see yours if you decide to make one.  Leave me a link in the comments and I will check it out.



  • 1 yard white muslin
  • Fabric stiffener
  • Assorted buttons
  • 9” embroidery hoop
  • 1/8 Velvet 389-18-17, 389-18-34, 389-18-04, 389-18-47


1. Soak your muslin in fabric stiffener.
*hint, I cut mine into 8” strips first
Let them dry.
*hint, I let mine dry almost all the way then I ironed it on high and it turned out nice and crisp like a piece of paper.
2.   I used a paper trimmer to cut 12 8"x8” squares.
3.   Sew the Lace on 2 sides, I then sewed the 1/8” velvet on top of the lace.  All I can say is that I LOVE the 1/8” velvet I want it in every single color and to sew it on everything I make.  Imagine the possibilities….

4.    Now step back and look at all those lovely squares you just created.  If you didn’t use the stiffener and sewed the lace and velvet on all four sides you would have beautiful handkerchiefs.
5.    Fold your squares (opposite point than the lace corner you just sewed).  Fold this into a cone.

6.    Select your buttons.   Instead of using thread, I used the silk ribbon to attach them with a bow.

7.    Put a piece of the leftover fabric in the Embroidery hoop and mark where you want your letters and you vine to go.  Take it out of the hoop and sew everything down.  When putting it back in the hoop make sure everything is straight.

8.     Making the flowers:
              For the larger flowers I cut 5 circles out of the linen ribbon.  I used 1 circle as the base and with the other 4 circles I folded them in half and then in half again, giving you a quarter circle.  I sewed them to the base circle one in each quarter by tacking them down at the point.  Then I sewed a cute little button in the center.  For the aqua one I cut out 4 additional smaller circles and just layered them over the big ones.
              For the buds I just took 1 circle and folded it in half and in half again, giving us the quarter circle and just tacked them down along the vine.
9.     I glued the ribbon on the outside of the hoop with a hot glue gun.  Let me tell you how much I love the sheer box pleat ribbon.  The possibilities of this trim are just endless.
10.    I cut out a piece of scrap cardboard in a large circle and sewed the square cones to it to give it a little bit of extra stability and it also gave it a backing for hanging.  I hot glued the embroidery hoop to the square cones, the fan.

Now take a step back and admire your beautiful work and then hang where desired.