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It’s October! Time for rich colors, fuzzy fabrics, and a craft you can make while snuggled on the couch. Time to make a new Fall wreath.
- At least 1 sheet of craft felt per color
- 1 wreath form (mine is 12 inches)
- Xyron Mega Runner and Xyron 1.5-inch Sticker Maker
- Spellbinders S4-428 Feathers Shapeabilities Dies
- Die cutting machine (I used a Cuttlebug) and accessories
- Cardstock scraps at least the size of the dies
- Twine or yarn for wrapping the wreath form
- 1 embroidery hoop that will fit inside the wreath form (mine is 7 inches)
- Thin twine or yarn to wrap embroidery hoop
- Plain thin cotton fabric to fit inside embroidery hoop (at least 2-3 inches larger all around)
- Embroidery thread and needle
- DirectionsNote: I am be writing these directions based on how to use these Spellbinders dies in a Cuttlebug, as that’s the only die-cutting machine I have. To use other die cutting machines with Spellbinders, you can probably find a video on YouTube or visit the Spellbinders website on how to use the dies with specific machines. Here’s what my Spellbinders feather dies look like! I used the two largest ones (the two on the left) in my project. To cut felt with the Cuttlebug, you’ll need to stack your plates, dies, felt, and scrap cardstock in the following order, from bottom to top: A-plate, C-plate, Spellbinders dies with cutting side up, felt piece, cardstock scrap, B-plate. Make sure your dies are arranged on the C-plate so they’re covered by the felt and cardstock. After the whole sandwich has been inserted into the machine, roll it through the machine back and forth twice to make sure the dies cut through the felt. Don’t let the sandwich come out completely after each roll, because the plates may move and the dies may become repositioned i.e. they won’t cut in the exact place after each roll. The dies cut through felt really well. They also get embossed a little bit with the texture on the dies! I wasn’t expecting that. And another surprise…your cardstock scrap will also get cut and embossed a little bit, so that’s a bonus. You can save them for another project like a card. I need to make 11 sets of three feathers for the outer part of the wreath (a mix of the two large feathers), and 4 extra feathers (just the largest one) in each color for the embroidery hoop. I found that cutting the felt sheets in half, then in thirds would fit the two feathers well. Sometimes I could squeeze in a 3rd feather in a separate roll through the machine. Cut some extra just in case. You don’t have to cut an even number of the two shapes…mix them up as you like.Wrap a wreath form in twine or yarn. Arrange the feathers in groups of three, fanned out, mixing up the colors in different combinations. To stick each group together, I used my Xyron Mega Runner, adding adhesive to the bottom half each feather. Lay down a piece of wax paper to keep the adhesive off your worktop. And roll the Mega Runner on the felt gently, as you don’t want to tear or stretch the felt. Stick the feathers together in fan formation. Add more adhesive to the middle feather, so the whole thing sticks to the wreath form, and press them all onto the wreath form. The other two don’t need adhesive all over the back of them because they will stick out over the edges of the wreath form. Spread out all of the feather groups evenly, but do not stick anything on the very top yet as you will tie the embroidery hoop onto the wreath form there, and that last group of feathers will go on top of that. Now for the embroidery hoop. Wrap the outer hoop only with thin twine or yarn. My twine was rather thick and I could barely fit my inner hoop back on! So be sure to use thin twine or yarn. Leave a tail at the beginning and end. Insert your fabric into the hoop, pulling the fabric taught. Leave the excess fabric for now. Run 4 more feathers through your Xyron Sticker Maker. Press them onto the embroidery hoop fabric in a fan formation. Time to embroider the wording onto the fabric. I hand-wrote the word Fall on a piece of paper, then put it behind the fabric. Since I used thin fabric (muslin, specifically), I could see through it. Then I traced my writing onto the fabric with a pencil. I then used a backstitch to embroider the word, plus a little underline swoop underneath. When you’re done with the embroidery, pull the fabric taught again. Trim off the excess fabric, leaving about 1/2 an inch. You can fold it over and adhere it to back inside surface of the embroidery hoop. I just ran my Xyron Mega Runner over the inside edge and pressed the fabric down. It doesn’t have to be neat, just out of the way so you don’t see it from the front. Put the embroidery hoop inside the wreath form. Tie it to the top of the wreath form and trim off the excess twine/yarn. Finally, adhere that last group of three feathers to the very top, covering the twine from the embroidery hoop. All done. Upon returning home from school, I got my usual oooooooooooo’s from my girls aka my cheering section, when they saw our new Fall wreath on the front door. One of them also said, “Nice cursive, Mama!” Aww thank you. Hope they are always this supportive of me.
Author and Crafter at The Silly Pearl
Stephanie Chan is the crafter behind The Silly Pearl. She has been creating since childhood, inspired by her creative parents. Today she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her handy IT Guy husband, sweet twin girls born in 2007 (Year of the Pig), and a fuzzy tabby cat named Sherry. Current obsessions include watercolor, mid century modern design, Harry Potter, and of course, cats and pigs!