This simple braided Christmas wreath is a fun project for children and adults. While kids may need some help with the preliminary sewing, once that is complete, they can happily braid many wreaths to give as presents to friends and family. This project gives any doorway a simple, rustic feel that brings back memories of holidays gone by.
Cut the fabric pieces into 5-inch strips. When you are done, you should have a lot of 5-inch strips that are two yards long.
Sew the long edges of each piece of fabric together to make tubes. One end of each tube should also be sewn shut. You will now have a number of empty tubes of fabric.
Stuff the tubes with the cotton padding. Do not pack the stuffing or you will have trouble braiding the tubes together. They should be round and fluffy, but not firm.
Sew three differently patterned tubes together. You should use this time to also sew up the open ends of the tube.
Braid the three stuffed tubes together. You can make a tight or a loose braid. It needs to be tight enough that it will hold its shape, but loose enough that you can bend it.
Bend the braid into a circle. To make sure it holds its shape, secure the ends together with the needle and thread. At this point, you will have the foundation for your braided wreath.
Tie a large bow over the place where you sewed the ends of the braid together. If you used busy Christmas patterns or plaids, then you are ready to hang your wreath. If you used solid colors, you may wish to add additional accents to your wreath to make it look more festive.
This is a great project for children who are learning to sew with a sewing machine. They can practice on the long, straight lines of the fabric strips, and it does not matter if the seams are not perfectly straight.
Do not allow children to use a sewing machine without supervision.