Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A Spring Wreath

I haven't gotten out the spring decorations or the spring books--it's just still very much winter, and focusing on bunnies and birds would either be disorienting or depressing (though I have heard the chickadees singing their "fee-bee" song the last few mornings for the first time, so maybe there's hope).

I did create and hang up a new spring wreath on our front door, though.  I loved the fabric wreath I made for Christmas so much I left it up all winter, and wanted to make another for spring.  I was stressing out about what to use for a wreath form, though.  I refuse to buy a styrofoam one, or one of those green ones (which have Prop 65 labeling, meaning they are made with something carcinogenic or toxic to reproduction...I don't want a wreath that bad).  I made the Christmas one with a straw wreath form, but even that was wrapped in plastic wrap, and it was kind of heavy, so it clunked every time the door opened and closed.

Then I saw Heather's great yo-yo Valentine's wreath and was inspired.  I've always loved old yo-yo quilts, but they seem like way too much work.  But a yo-yo wreath, I could handle that.  I started it back in January, and worked on it a little at a time.  

Yo-yos are very easy to make.  First, you draw a circle about double the diameter of your desired finished yo-yo:

A yogurt tub works great for this.

Then, fold under the edge about 1/4 inch and hand-sew a running stitch all the way around.

Pull the thread tight to gather.

And poof, you have a yo-yo.  Once you get started, you might find them addicting. 

 Instead of a cardboard form, like Heather used, I wanted something that would look good from the back too (since I would be hanging it in front of a window) and that would be durable over the years, so I stitched a little fabric sleeve around a wire wreath form, scavenged from a Christmas wreath from years' past.  I sewed a button in the center of each yo-yo and stitched them to the wreath form.

The bird I had made a couple of Easters ago, from the same fabric--my very favorite ever Kaffe Fasset print (sadly discontinued) that includes all of my favorite colors.  The wreath has been a bright, cheerful, quiet addition to our front door.  It gives me hope that maybe, just maybe, Spring is not a mythical land, but a real place we might get to visit some day.


  1. It's so cute! I have to say that I'm not a wreath person, so when I saw the title I expected to scroll down and not be too into it. It's actually very cute and cheerful. Nice work! I've never tried doing those pinwheels before. I bet they'd be cute on dresses for my girls.

  2. That's lovely. I have a new spring wreath (but I didn't make mine!), too.

  3. Thanks!

    Jaimie--I have never been a wreath person either (other than the evergreen type), but a switch flipped back in December and now, apparently, I am a wreath person. Maybe I'm turning into an old lady?

    Yo-yo's would be absolutely adorable on a girls' dresses (with embroidered stems and leaves to make them flowers!) or on headbands or sweaters or or or...(you'll note I don't have any little girls!)

  4. Our weather's yo-yo-ing right now with heavy winds and rain trying to blot out the sun and shred the first daffodils. My money's on spring.

  5. This spring wreath is very sweet. How wonderful that you were able to use your favorite fabric. The bird in the middle is a nice surprise, and very you, as far as I can tell. (:

  6. I know I say this every time, but you are amazing Andrea. So creative and crafty. I love the bird and the wreath.

  7. I love your bird and flowers wreath. Beauty and joy.


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