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DIY Wrapped Fabric Wreath for Winter

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Learn how to make a wrapped fabric wreath for winter using a charm pack! Complete the wreath with a beautiful cardinal appliqué pennant for a striking winter wreath.

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Winter fabric wrapped wreath with bright red fabric cardinal sitting on pine branches.

Hello Crafty Friends and Happy Winter! With our Christmas decorations down, it was time to add a new wreath for the winter season. I created this wreath using a foam wreath form and a bit of felt and fabric! My favorite part of the wreath is the bright red cardinal. I love seeing cardinals in the winter, especially when there is snow on the ground. 

Last spring I created my first wrapped fabric wreath featuring a sweet bird sitting on top a nest of fabric flowers. I loved the wreath so much I knew I wanted to make more similar wreaths for the other seasons of the year. I finally made my winter version. I chose to wrap the wreath in blue, white and silver fabric so the red cardinal and evergreen branches would really stand out.

The cardinal is made from felt and fabric, then hand embroidered with black embroidery floss. My new cardinal pattern includes a detailed picture tutorial and the cardinal in three sizes.

A cardinal made from fabric and felt with black hand stitching around the pieces.

Fabric Winter Wreath with Cardinal Appliqué

Choosing the Fabric

The foam wreath form is covered by wrapping the wreath with overlapping strips of fabric. I chose to use a charm pack by Robert Kaufman called Holiday Flourish (Blue Colorstory). You can wrap this wreath with fabric scraps as well. What I love about using a charm pack, is all of the fabrics coordinate together so wonderfully.

Charm packs come with 5″ square pieces of fabric from the same fabric collection. A full collection often includes the same prints in multiple colors. In this Holiday Flourish charm pack, for example, many of the prints are repeated in white, silver, light blue and dark blue.

I’ve used charm packs to create other projects too! My Charm Pack Pillow Wreath, Mini Charm Pack Pillow Wreath, and Holiday Ornaments are all made with charm packs. 

Beautiful charm pack fabrics laid out on a table.

Supplies Needed:

Foam wreath form, fabric cardinal, branches, pinking shears, and a charm pack.

Step by Step Tutorial:

Step One:Wrap the Wreath in strips of fabric. Start by cutting strips of fabric with the pinking shears that are each about 1 5/8″ wide. I used a charm pack so I cut each 5″ square into thirds. 

Charm pack fabric squares are cut into thirds using pinking shears.

Wrap the fabric around the wreath form, one strip at a time, securing with hot glue. My strips of fabric were not long enough to cover the entire wreath form but I made sure to keep the gap on the back of the wreath where it wouldn’t be visible.

A hot glue gun sits on a self healing mat with the foam wreath form.

I found it easiest to glue one end of the fabric strip down, let it cool and then pull the fabric gently around the form before securing the other end. This way the fabric is kept stretched around the wreath form and not loose. 

A strip of fabric is wrapped around a foam wreath form.

Several strips of fabric are wrapped around a wreath form, the strips overlap one another.

Continue adding strips of fabric until the entire wreath is covered. Try to place the strips so the fabrics with the same color or print are not right next to each other. Since I cut each square of fabric into thirds, I had three strips of the same fabric. I spaced them out around the wreath so they weren’t all right next to each other.

Foam wreath form wrapped with blue, silver and white fabric strips.

Below you can see my wreath completely covered along with a view of the back. If are using fabric scraps you can cut your pieces long enough to avoid this. If you use a charm pack like I did, you can cover the areas where the styrofoam wreath is visible on the back with smaller pieces of leftover fabric. I left mine as is, since I made this wreath for myself and it would be against a door. 

Foam wreath form completely covered in strips of blue, silver and white fabrics.

The back of the cardinal wreath showing a gap where the wreath form is visible all the way around the wreath.

Step Three: Add the greenery. I originally planned to just add thin sticks, you can see them pictured in my supplies picture. But they didn’t show up very well on the wreath. Instead, I raided my fake flower bins and found enough pine branches to use along with tiny pinecones and fake red berries. 

Test out a few layouts before gluing the greenery down. Once you like your arrangment, snap a picture so you can recreate it more easily as you glue everything down.

Pine branches, pine cones and berries are added to the bottom left corner of the wreath.

Step Four: Add the Cardinal Appliqué. The star of the winter wreath is definitely the bright red cardinal. I created it using felt and fabric. The pattern and detailed instructions for making the cardinal are available in my Etsy Shop. The cardinal pattern comes in three different sizes. For this wreath I made the largest size, 6.5″. 

A red fabric cardinal sits on top of pine branches on the bottom of a wreath.

A cardinal made from fabric and felt with black hand stitching around the pieces.

Step Five: Finally, add a hanging loop and the wreath is complete!

Winter fabric wrapped wreath with bright red fabric cardinal sitting on pine branches.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial for a striking winter wreath! You can find the cardinal appliqué pattern in my shop. Thank you for supporting my small business!

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Happy Crafting! -Kim

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