This past weekend I finished up making a new pillow wreath – this time for St. Patrick’s Day! My mom and I started making two of these St. Patrick’s Day pillow wreaths last year but weren’t able to finish them in time for the holiday. We saved everything and picked it back up a couple weeks ago to finally finish them up for this year. I love having a wreath for this holiday! It’s easy to skip past it, especially with Easter being so early this year, but we love celebrating St. Patrick’s Day!
One of our favorite traditions is having a really nice St. Patrick’s Day dinner. Last year I made a traditional Irish Coddle following this recipe from Wholefully with soda bread. It gave me a chance to use my beautiful new dutch oven! I still have to figure out what we’re going to try for dinner this year.
Below is the tutorial for making this St. Patrick’s Day Pillow Wreath. It is the same process as all of my other pillow wreaths – just slightly different based on the number of fabrics and pillows used. You can check out all of my other pillows wreaths too – so far I have one for Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, New Year’s, Easter, Back to School and one for my favorite football Team :)
I first learned to make these pillow wreaths from my mom, who made her first one, a Christmas one, in the 1980s. Growing up, I always loved when she brought this wreath out for the holidays, and now I love seeing them hanging in my own house. This St. Patrick’s Day Pillow wreath was extra fun because my mom and I made them together :)
Supplies Needed for DIY St. Patrick’s Day Pillow Wreath
- Cardboard, pencil and ruler to create template
- Wire wreath form. I used a 12″ diameter wreath
- 5 or 6 different fabrics for the pillows – at least 1/4 yard each
- Ribbon in a coordinating color (I usually use 2 rolls of 3/8″ ribbon)
- Poly-Fil stuffing
- Matching thread
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 any fabrics with a pattern or writing, keep in mind the pattern has a top. Each pillow is folded in half, bringing the two 4.5″ sides together so the pillow measures 4.5″ x 2.75″.
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 32 pillows made from six different fabrics. I usually try to make 5 or 6 pillows from each fabric. For this wreath some of the fabrics I was using were scraps I had on hand that only made a few pillows each. To make up for that, I just made extra pillows of the fabrics I had more of.
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 closed. Don’t overstuff the pillows, making them too hard, as this will make it harder to tie them with ribbon.
Step Five: Tie the pillows onto the wreath using the ribbon. Each piece of ribbon can be about 8″ long. If you have a tough time doing small things with your hands, I’d recommend cutting your ribbon at 10″ or more to give you more ribbon to work with. You may want to cut one and test it out. Once you decide on an ideal length, you can cut them all out. You can always trim the ribbons down after they are all tied :)
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. So I used 32 pillows total. 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 on the middle ring and 7 on the inner ring. So you can see – you can really do it however you want!
Arranging the pillows can take some time. I like to lay all of my pillows out and then take a picture before actually tying them on. It’s like a puzzle trying not to have too many pillows with the same color next to each other.
Each pillow is tied over two wires of the wire wreath form.
Once the pillows are all tied on the outer ring, move on to the middle ring, and then the inner ring.
Step Seven: Add a little ribbon loop to the back so the wreath can be hung up.
The St. Patrick’s Day Pillow Wreath is finished! They really are fun to make and a great beginner sewing project! It takes a while to stuff the pillows and hand sew them closed, but it’s a great project to do while catching up on your Netflix shows :)
I’ll be back later this week with another fun craft for St. Patrick’s Day!