Make a festive patriotic pillow wreath for the holidays! Mix and match fabric and ribbon for a fun wreath that is also a great beginner sewing project. Free template!
Hello crafty friends! Today I’m sharing a tutorial to make this fun patriotic pillow wreath! It is the newest wreath to my collection as I continue to try to make a pillow wreath for every month of the year to hang in our home. This wouldn’t be difficult except I tend to gift most of my pillow wreaths since they make such wonderful gifts!
I love pillow wreaths and have been making them ever since my mom taught me when I was younger. Pillow wreaths are simple to make and a great beginner sewing project. They give a new sewer practice on sewing straight lines with a sewing machine, turning fabric inside out and stuffing it, and a little big of hand sewing practice to close each pillow up!
Pillow wreaths are also endlessly customizable and can be made for any holiday, occasion, or sports team. Make them with leftover fabric from your stash or create a wreath with your new favorite fabric – fat quarters and charm packs are perfect.
This wreath is made with five different fabrics I found in my stash including patriotic fabrics like stars, stripes, fireworks and a beautiful chambray fabric that seemed to fit right in. They are tied to a metal wreath form using a variety of red, white and blue ribbons to create the perfect wreath for any patriotic holiday.
I have made a lot of different pillow wreaths that you can check out. Most of them are all made the same with just a few small variations. They all use between 28-35 mini pillows – it really depends on how full you want your wreath to look. This one uses 31 mini pillows.
> Check out my Ultimate Guide to Making Pillow Wreaths
How to Make a Patriotic Pillow Wreath
- Fabric – about a quarter yard of five different fabrics works well! Each pillow needs 5.5″ x 4.5″ of fabric.
- Coordinating thread and needle
- Poly-Fil stuffing
- 12″ Wire wreath frame – I purchased this Pack of 5 Wire Wreath Forms
- Point Turner and Embroidery Scissors are useful
- Free template – Link located at the end of this post
Step One: Start by cutting the pillows! The number of pillows you will need varies depending on how full you want your wreath and how you arrange them. I like to make around 30-35 pillows knowing I may have a few leftover. For this wreath I made seven pillows of each color but only used 31 pillows.
Download the free template from my Resource Library and cut 5.5″ x 4.5″ rectangles. The template includes 1/4″ seam allowance.
2. Step Two: Stitch the pillows on the sewing machine. Fold the pillows in half and stitch around the three edges using your sewing machine. Leave a hole in the long side (opposite the fold) so you can stuff each pillow.
Trim the corners and clip your loose threads.
Turn the pillow inside out and use a point tuner to gently poke out the corners.
Step Three: Stuff each pillow! Use Poly-fil stuffing to stuff each pillow. Overstuffing them will make it harder to close up each pillow.
Pin the opening closed and hand stitch it using a small whip stitch and coordinating thread.
It can be time consuming to make all these little pillows but once they are machine stitched the rest can be done away from the machine. I like to make the pillows outside while my kids play, while catching up on a Netflix show or even in the car on road trips. I made the pillows for this patriotic wreath in the car on a recent trip!
Step Four: Tie each pillow to the wire wreath form using ribbon! Now it’s time to arrange the pillows on the wire wreath form and tie them on with a piece of ribbon. I use 8″ pieces of ribbon but you may want to cut your ribbon a little longer since it can be tricky tying them on. I recommend testing out one pillow before cutting all of your ribbon.
Tie the pillows on starting with the outer ring. Each pillow is tied to two wire hoops of the wreath.
Sometimes it is useful to arrange the pillows before tying them on and take a picture! It is a bit of a puzzle making sure pillows of the same fabric aren’t right next to each other. For this pillow, there are 13 pillows on the outer ring, 11 on the middle ring, and 7 on the innermost ring.
Move to the middle ring after the outer ring is completed and tie each pillow around the two middle wire rings.
Finally add the third row of pillows, tie the ribbon around the two inner metal rings.
Step Five: Add a hanging loop to the back of the wreath using ribbon. Your wreath is ready to be hung up and enjoyed!
I’m really happy with how this wreath turned out! I like the mix of fabrics and the mix of different ribbons. This is a great wreath to hang up for any patriotic holiday!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! If you are looking to make a wreath for the Fourth of July, check out my other two patriotic wreaths!
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