Fall Button Wreath
SUPPLIES & TOOLS:
- 12" White Foam Ring
- 1 pkg Dritz® Home Foldover Braid Trim
- 1/2 yd cotton or rayon T-shirt fabric
- 3 yds 100% cotton lace trim, 2-3" wide
- 1 yd narrow 100% cotton lace trim, or lace scraps
- 3/8" wide fabric scraps, such as selvage
- 1 cotton lace doily, new or vintage
- 1/4 yd green embroidered netting or similar fabric
- Dritz® Dylon® Dye, 1 pkg each: Goldfish Orange & Amazon Green
- 1 pkg Dritz® Home Waxed Button Thread
- About 36 Assorted Dritz® Belle Buttons in Green, Purple, Rust & Gold in various sizes:
- 14 – 15, 1-1/2"–2" diameter
- 9 – 10, 1"–1-1/4" diameter
- 10 – 15, 5/8"–3/4" diameter
- Straight pins
- Ruler or tape measure
- Large eyed darning hand-sewing needle
1. Prepare 2 tubs of dye – one of green and one of orange.
2. Dye the following items green: tee shirt fabric, 2" wide cotton lace, 2-1/2 ys only of the jute binding, 1/2 yd of narrow cotton lace and scrap pieces of lace or doilies to tie on buttons.
3. Dye the following items orange: 1-1/2 yds of jute binding, 1/2 yd of narrow cotton lace and assorted lace scraps to tie on buttons. Follow package instructions to dye. Rinse and allow to dry.
4. Cut the tee shirt fabric into 4, 4" wide strips across the width of the fabric. Use straight pins to secure one end of the first piece at the back of wreath ring. (Be sure to push the pins in sideways so points bury themselves in the ring. Wrap ring with fabric, allowing it to fold slightly. Overlap edges as you wrap. Trim any excess at end, so each piece starts and stops at back of ring. As you finish one strip start the next, as continuous wrapping process. Wrap entire ring.
5. Starting at back of ring, wrap the 2" wide lace around ring. Leave about 3/8”? between edges of lace as you wrap so fabric shows through. Use pins to secure the beginning and the end of lace at the back.
6. Divide jute. Cut a 12" long piece of orange. Cut a 36”? long piece of green. Set these aside for the bow. Remaining jute can be used to accent the buttons.
7. Prepare narrow lace, lace scraps and remaining jute to accent buttons. Cut narrow lace into 4" lengths. Cut netting fabric into 1/2" wide strips, 5" long. Cut jute into 3-1/2" lengths, and ravel ends. Tie lace and fabric strips through buttons with largest holes, alternating colors. Pinch jute at the center and tie with an 18”? long piece of waxed thread. Then tie the thread through button holes.
8. Position buttons on ring in groups of 5-7, assorting sizes and colors. Overlap larger buttons and tuck smaller buttons underneath to fill spaces. Leave a 3”? opening at the top for the tie.
9. To attach buttons: Tie thread 18" long pieces of waxed thread through button holes (push lace aside). Then thread ends one at a time through needle. Stitch through lace and fabric. Tie thread in double overhand knot, pulling tightly to secure. Clip ends. Repeat for each button.
10. Top Bow: Cut a piece of green jute 18" long. Form a bow with 4”? loops. Pinch together at center and tie with waxed thread. Pinch orange jute at center and tie to back of bow. Adjust length of tails; ravel ends. Tuck lace scraps or lace doily (cut in half) under bow. Tie entire set to top of ring with waxed thread.
11. Cut 3" wide strip of netting. Wrap it around top of ring twice, covering center of bow. Stitch netting at the back. Form a loop at the top to hang the wreath, and stitch it securely to back of wreath. Cut off excess fabric.