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DIY New Years Pillow Wreath

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Create a festive wreath to welcome in the New Year! This DIY New Years wreath is made from fabric and ribbon. Grab the free template and follow the tutorial to create your own pillow wreath!

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Create a wreath you can enjoy for the month of January – a DIY New Years Wreath! This pillow wreath is a great beginner sewing project that is perfect to replace your holiday wreaths and welcome in the new year. I used fabrics in silver, black and gold colors. I had a some of them on hand already from a fat stack and then found two more prints with New Year’s Eve images of clocks, confetti and starts to tie the entire project together!


I made this wreath a few years ago and each year I update the little chalkboard sign that hangs in the center to include the new year. If you don’t want to have to keep updating this, skip the year and just write “Happy New Year!”. You can also skip the little chalkboard all-together as the wreath is so festive on it’s own!

These pillow wreaths are one of my favorite wreaths to make. My mom taught me how when I was younger and we have continued to make new wreaths and gift them to each other for the different holidays. I’d love to eventually finish making one for each month! Check out a few of my others: Halloween, Back-to-School, Christmas, Football, and St. Patrick’s Day! :) 

DIY New Years Wreath

Supplies Needed for Happy New Year Pillow Wreath

  • Free Printable Template – Link located at the end of this post
  • 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)
  • Stuffing
  • Matching thread
  • Mini chalkboard and white paint pen (optional)

Step by Step Tutorial

  • Step One: Cut the fabric for your wreath.

Print the free template and use it to cut all of your rectangles for the 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. 

Happy New Year Pillow Wreath with free pattern

Happy New Year Pillow Wreath with free pattern

  • 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. Leave an opening to stuff the pillow. I leave the opening on the long side of the pillow.

Happy New Year Pillow Wreath with free pattern

Trim the corners, flip the pillows inside out and push out all of the corners.

Happy New Year Pillow Wreath with free pattern

  • Step Three: Stuff each pillow!

Stuff each pillow with Poly-Fil and hand sew the opening closed.  Don’t overstuff the pillows, making them too hard, as this will make it harder to tie them to the wire wreath form with ribbon. 

Happy New Year Pillow Wreath with free pattern

Happy New Year Pillow Wreath with free pattern

Happy New Year Pillow Wreath with free pattern

Happy New Year Pillow Wreath with free pattern

  • Step Four: Tie the pillows onto the wire wreath form using ribbon.

Cut your ribbon to a length of about 8″ long. You may want to cut one and test it out in case you prefer your ribbons to be longer for tieng. Once you decide on an ideal length, cut all of them!

Happy New Year Pillow Wreath with free pattern

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. 

Happy New Year Pillow Wreath with free pattern

Happy New Year Pillow Wreath with free pattern


  • Step Five: Add a small chalkboard message!

The wreath is finished but if you want to add a little extra something, add a small chalkboard, tied on with ribbon, to the center of your wreath. I wrote “Happy New Year ” along with the year 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 so much glam! I love making pillow wreaths and they really are a great beginner sewing project and a lot of fun to make! :)

Happy New Year crafty friends!!! :) 

Happy Crafting! - Kim

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