We all know the house isn’t properly prepped for Christmas until you’ve hung a gorgeously festive wreath on the door to welcome guests, or just catch the eye of passers-by. So grab your felt and some fancy embroidery threads, and spend a few cosy evenings putting together this sparkly partridge and pear wreath. There are loads of different felt techniques here to practice and to adapt into other projects – you could also just sew the hanging partridge and pear into individual decorations if you don’t want to make the whole wreath.
When stitching, use a third of each piece of metallic thread (so for six-stranded thread use two strands). For the black and brown thread, use half (so for six-stranded thread use three strands). Metallic thread can be tricky to work with, so cut shorter pieces than you’d normally use and take your time. We ordered our mini sequins from www.simplysequins.co.uk and found the polystyrene wreath at www.craftmill.co.uk.
- Polystyrene wreath base, 17cm (63⁄4″)
- White felt, approx. four 23 x 23cm (9 x 9″) squares
- Green felt, approx. 15 x 15cm (6 x 6″)
- Pale green felt, approx. 6 x 9cm (21⁄2 x 31⁄2″)
- Pale brown felt, approx. 13 x 19cm (5 x 71⁄2″)
- Small piece of brown felt
- Matching sewing threads
- Silver, gold, black and brown embroidery thread
- White nylon thread (or other thin, strong thread)
- Silver sequins (6mm wide)
- Mini silver sequins (3mm wide)
- Mini gold sequins (4mm wide)
- 1m (1yrd) white ribbon, 5-10mm wide
- Polyester stuffing
- Glue gun and glue
- Sewing needle and pins
- Embroidery scissors
- Sewing scissors
- Air erasable fabric
- marker (optional)
DIY felt Christmas wreath
You Will Need
Making the pears
Use clear sticky tape to hold templates to the felt to make it easier when cutting fiddly parts.
Add mini gold sequins using pale green thread.
Join the edges using blanket stitch. Start at the top, leaving a gap for stuffing. Stuff the pear lightly then sew up the gap.
Making the partridge
Use the templates to cut one white belly, one pale brown body, one pale brown wing and one brown beak. One by one, sew them to a backing piece of pale brown felt. Use whip stitch and matching threads and sew along the inside lines only.
Cut out the partridge, then use it as a template to cut a backing shape from pale brown felt.
Cut a white felt eye using the template. Sew to the bird using white whip stitches. Backstitch around the eye using brown embroidery thread, then sew a line from the beak to the partridge’s throat. Stitch this freehand or mark the line with an air-erasable fabric marker. Then sew small stitches along the line, as shown.
Add more small brown stitches, then backstitch six curved lines, leaving space for Step 11.
Stitch the eye using black embroidery thread, building up the shape from several tiny stitches. If you prefer, you can use a black bead or sequin instead.
Use silver embroidery thread to backstitch more curved lines: between the brown lines and filling the white space. Use gold embroidery thread to backstitch around the wing (leaving the top unstitched) then decorate the wing with small stitches.
Blanket stitch the edges of the partridge with pale brown thread, leaving a small gap at the top. Stuff the bird lightly then sew up the gap.
Making the leaves
Cut four small, seven medium and four large green leaves, again using the templates. Add veins using silver embroidery thread and running stitch (see Step 2). Start and finish at the bottom of each leaf.
Add silver sequins using green thread. Sew the larger sequins first, then fill in the gaps with mini sequins. Start and finish your stitching at the bottom of each leaf.
Making the felt Christmas wreath
Use the template to cut lots of white scallop pieces (you’ll need 50-60). To save time you could enlarge the template to cut larger scallops, or cover the wreath using white yarn instead.
Attach the scallops one by one using the glue gun. Arrange them so they overlap as pictured and the base is completely hidden.
Tie the white ribbon around the wreath where the scallops meet, knotting it securely. You can trim it when you hang the wreath.
Using nylon thread, sew into the top of the pear – from the back and up between the leaf and stalk. Sew a small stitch (front to back) into the bottom of the ribbon tied round the wreath, then sew a few running stitches up the back. Pull the thread to adjust the pear’s position then sew a few small stitches to secure.
Attach the leaves, using the images as a guide. Work outwards, adding a dot of glue to the bottom of each leaf. Finally, add the partridge, applying glue to the leaves then pressing the bird into position. Your felt Christmas wreath is complete!
Laura is a designer, maker and craft writer living near London. She loves colour, hand stitching and making stuff from her favourite material – felt! She’s written two books about felt crafting – Super-Cute Felt and Super-Cute Felt Animals – and she shares lots of fun stitchy tutorials over on her blog.