Love them or hate them a Christmas Candle Wreath is so easy to make and, with Christmas just around the corner once again, I wanted to show you how I made mine last Christmas. There are lots of examples on a range of internet sites so I thought I’d have a go at writing some instructions as I go along.
There are a range of different designs out there: 2 colourways, 3 colourways, quilted, 2 layers … check them out and choose for yourself. I chose 3 colourways, simply because I looked at my stash of Christmas themed fabric and used what I had enough of. … Although I was tempted to go buy some more … you can never have enough fabric, right?
This project is ideal for a beginner and, if you’re focused, it only takes a couple of hours to make. So simple and easy, it makes an ideal gift or can be something to keep yourself!
What you will need:
6½” by 39″ of fabric A [or 1 fat quarter]
6½” by 39″ of fabric B [or 1 fat quarter]
12″ by 36″ of fabric C [or 2 fat quarters]
13″ by 39″ fusible wadding (iron on interfacing)
Optional: bows, pearls, beads etc
Finished size: approx. 20 inches diameter
Cut 6 – 6 ½” squares from fabric A (Light Snowman)
Cut 6 – 6 ½” squares from fabric B (Dark Snowman)
Cut 12 – 6 ½” squares from backing fabric C (Blue/Silver Star)
Cut 12 – 6″ squares from the fusible wadding
1. Using a ¼” seam, place the squares right sides together and sew around the edges, leaving an opening so you can turn the squares inside out.
2. Iron fusible wadding/interfacing to wrong side of fabric A & B squares
3. Trim the corners and turn the square inside out,
4. Using a matching thread, hand sew the openings closed
6. Optional – top stitch in a contrasting thread
7. This should give you a 6” finished square.
Assembling the Candle Wreath
On your finished square, using a chalk, marker or a pin:
(see diagram below)
8. Mark 3” either side of the top point: A–>B
9. Mark 1” either side of the opposite (bottom) point: C–>D
10. On 6 of your squares mark a line from B –> D on either side (see below)
11.Take two of your squares (I alternated the dark and light snowman fabric for mine), match and pin at B & D, Sew along the line B —>D.
12. Continue to do this until all the squares have been sewn together – this will form the wreath ring.
13. Hand sew point E to point E using matching thread.
14. Add beads or bows as desired.
Voila – your finished Candle Wreath. Add a candle, some pine cones and a star and you’re ready to go!
Want to get more adventurous? Check out the internet and you will find lots of examples of candle wreaths; some with another layer using smaller squares, the addition of a contrasting binding or seasonal themes such as Easter, Halloween etc.
Happy sewing everyone. If you do make one why not share on UKQU Instagram and Twitter?
Carol Lightburn (Twitter @quiltsewgo )