This past week, after taking down our Halloween decorations, I put up our Thanksgiving decor. One new addition to these Thanksgiving decorations is a new pillow wreath! If you have visited me before, you may know I have a small addiction to making pillow wreaths! They are so versatile and can work for any holiday or occasion. They are perfect for using fat quarter stacks and can be a great scrap buster (if you are like me and have hoards of unused scraps of fabric). This pillow wreath was made with six fabrics from a 12-piece fat stack. The great thing about using a stack like this is the fabrics are already coordinated and work beautifully together!
This wreath is perfect for Thanksgiving and could work for the entire autumn season. It fills the gap between my Halloween pillow wreath and Christmas wreath so my door isn’t bare :) I used cinnamon sticks in this wreath which give off a great smell when we walk in and out of our home.
Below is the tutorial and free pattern to create your own. I have a few more Thanksgiving crafts coming up this November before we dive completely into holiday crafting on the blog! I have a tendency to want to jump right to Christmas but am always happy when I take the time to do some Thanksgiving crafting. It was so fun to put this wreath up along with my Thanksgiving banner and acorn banner. And of course, the lollipop turkey I inherited from my Grandmother – definitely my favorite!
- Free Printable Pattern: Thanksgiving 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, but for this wreath I used a 1/4″ sheer ribbon)
- Matching thread
- Cinnamon sticks (optional)
Step One: Create a cardboard pattern to use for cutting out all of your pillows. The pattern should measure 4.5″ x 5.5″
Step Two: Cut out the fabric pillows. The pattern is for the entire pillow (it gets folded in half) and includes a 1/4″ seam allowance.
For the 12″ diameter wreath, you will need about 29-35 pillows, depending on how full you want your wreath to look. For this wreath I used 30 pillows made from six different fabrics. I usually use 5 different fabrics, but since my mom and I were sharing the fat quarter stack, I ended up using six. This gave me a nice variety of reds, golds, blues and greens. You can use any color or pattern you wish! I used 4 blue pillows, 6 gold pillows, 10 red pillows, 6 green pillows and 5 black floral pillows. Since I didn’t have a lot of gold pillows, I chose to use gold ribbon.
Step Three: 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 Four: Stuff each pillow and hand sew the opening close. Don’t overstuff the pillows, making them too hard, as this will make it harder to tie them with ribbon. You can see below I initially made 6 pillows of each fabric but didn’t end up using all of them.
Step Five: Tie the pillows onto the wreath 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 13 pillows, the middle has 10 pillows, and the inner ring has 7 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.
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 had to move them around that way.
Step Six: Slide a couple cinnamon sticks into the ribbon on a few of your pillows. I chose to add two cinnamon sticks to the three pillows on middle ring.
Step Seven: Add a little ribbon loop to the back so the wreath can be hung up.
This finished wreath is cozy, warm and perfect for Autumn! You can check out all of my other pillow wreaths here. They really are a great beginner sewing project and a lot of fun! :)