With only a few days left of 2016, I am gearing up for the new year! We had a wonderful holiday with family and friends and it was truly magical watching our little ones enjoy the entire holiday season. So many things are firsts for them at this age that it makes everything feel new and exciting for us as well. I hope all of you had a wonderful and joyous holiday and are enjoying the last week of 2016!
This week is always a blur for me, the week between Christmas and New Year’s. I’m still in Christmas and vacation mode, but I get energized to start new goals, organize, and plan projects for the new year. I rarely decorate for New Year’s Eve, as we don’t host any parties, but a few weeks ago I decided to make a Happy New Year wreath. I’m so glad I did because I love the way it turned out and it will be perfect to leave up for the entire month of January. I already had most of the fabrics from a fat quarter stack my mom gave me last year. The silver, black and gold colors are perfect for a New Year’s project. I found coordinating fabric with New Year’s Eve images of clocks and confetti that tied it all together. Below is the tutorial and free pattern :)
Supplies Needed for Happy New Year Pillow Wreath
- Free Printable Pattern: Pillow Wreath Pattern
- Cardboard, pencil and ruler to create template
- Wire wreath form. I used a 12″ diameter wreath
- 5 different fabrics for the pillows – 1/4 yard of each is enough
- Ribbon in a coordinating color (I usually use 3/8″ ribbon)
- Matching thread
- Mini chalkboard and white paint pen (optional)
Step One: Print the free pattern to use for cutting out your pillows. You can transfer the pattern to cardboard to make it sturdier. The pattern is for the entire pillow (it gets folded in half) and should measure 4.5″ x 5.5″. It includes a 1/4″ seam allowance.
For the 12″ diameter wreath, you will need about 30-35 pillows, depending on how full you want your wreath to look. For this wreath I created 35 pillows, 7 of each color, but only ended up using 32 pillows. I never know exactly how many pillows I’ll end up using until I start arranging them.
Step Two: Stitch the fabric pillows together. For each pillow, fold the fabric in half, right sides together, 4.5″ side to 4.5″ side. Sew, with a 1/4″ seam allowance, each side/corner of the pillow, leaving an opening to stuff the pillow. I leave the opening on the long side of the pillow.
Trim the corners, flip the pillows inside out and push out all of the corners.
Step Three: Stuff each pillow and hand sew the opening closed. Don’t overstuff the pillows, making them too hard, as this will make it harder to tie them with ribbon.
Step Four: Tie the pillows onto the wire wreath form using the ribbon. Each piece of ribbon can be about 8″ long. You may want to cut one and test it out in case you prefer your ribbons to be longer. Once you decide on an ideal length, you can cut them all out.
Start on the outer ring and work your way in. For this wreath the outer ring has 14 pillows, the middle has 10 pillows, and the inner ring has 8 pillows. You can decide how full you want your wreath to look and always do more or less. This Christmas wreath was made with 35 pillows; 14 for the outer ring, 12 for the middle ring, and 9 for the inner ring. This Thanksgiving wreath was made with 30 pillows; 13 for the outer ring, 10 for the middle ring, and 7 for the inner ring.
Arranging it can take some time. It’s like a puzzle trying not to have too many pillows with the same color next to each other. You can slide them along the wreath a little bit to reposition them, but I have also cut or untied the ribbon and moved them around that way.
Step Five: You can add a small chalkboard, tied on with ribbon, to the center of your wreath. I wrote “Happy New Year 2017” on my chalkboard with a white Sharpie paint pen. You could use chalk and then change the message each year. Don’t forget to add a small ribbon loop to the back of the wreath so you can hang it.
This finished wreath is so festive and the golds and silvers add a bit of glam! You can check out all of my other pillow wreaths here. They really are a great beginner sewing project and a lot of fun to make! :)
Thank you for visiting me here at BugabooCity! I have many exciting projects planned for 2017 and I can’t wait to share them with you! My husband surprised me with a Cricut Explore cutting machine this Christmas and I am beyond excited to start creating with it! I’ll also be finishing up my son’s room this year, throwing a bright and fun color-themed birthday party, completely remodeling my craft room and much more! Happy New Year!! See you in 2017!