Monday, October 26, 2015

Wool felt Wreath Berry Pillow

Since I am in charge of all things beautiful at the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, I designed this white wool felt wreath berry pillow to beautify my inn for the holidays.

Instructions and Supplies:
 16" Pillow form
1/2 yard foundation fabric
1/8 yard white wool felt
Remnant cotton fabric for berries
Embroidery floss, tan or desired color for leaf veins

Cut two pieces of foundation fabric 16 1/2" square.  If you chose fabric that unravels, zig zag the edges before beginning.

Make a leaf pattern measuring 3" x 1 1/4".  From the wool felt fabric cut at least 50 wool leaves.  I used 51 on my pillow.

Leaf and Berry Template Images

Find the center of your 16 1/2" foundation fabric.  With a chalk or water soluble pen, draw a circle approximately 8 1/4" in diameter to serve as a base line for applying your leaves. Now you're ready to have fun.  Experiment with the design.  With the base of the leaf tip touching the circle, position the leaves pointed toward the center and continue laying the leaves out to get an idea of how to sew them.  Don't worry about the background showing through between leaves.  That will simply give a more natural look.  Remember too, that you will be adding berries in a later step and you can place berries in gaping areas.

You may wish to use straight pins to pin the inner circle leaves. With two strands of embroidery floss of your choice, stitch leaves in place by uniformly stitching a vein line from the base of the leaf toward the tip.  Stitches should be approximately 1/8 inch in length.  Stitch about 2 inches from the bottom of the leaf.  Allow the top 1 inch free.

 After applying the inner circle of leaves, apply leaves to the outside of the ring and in the middle as is visually pleasing to you.  After the leaves are all placed, you are ready to make and attach your berries.

Special note:  I purchased my wool felt at Zinck's Fabric in Berlin, Ohio, for the fantastic price of only $3.99 per yard.  Mr. Zinck buy warehouse lots and offers fabric at exceptional prices.

As shown in a photo above, I used a quarter as a template for the berry.  Cut on the pencil line.  With double strands of matching thread, sew a drawstring gathering line just inside the circle edge.  Draw it up and put a small "poof" of batting into the little berry circle.  I like to pack it in with the tip of a pencil.  This will allow you to draw it tight.  Knot off, but don't cut the thread.  You can now attach it to your wreath.  You're the designer here, so make and apply the number of berries as you like.

So here it is all done and pretty for your sofa or bed!  Or make this for your holiday gift giving.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
October 26, 2015

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