Poke wreath

Today’s project was a result of my search for materials for a different project altogether.  I started graphing out a quilt block of a Christmas tree. When I grabbed my bin of Christmas fabric and began going through it, I saw a bag of precut squares given to me over 20 years ago by a friend who used to make these wreaths and then decided to stop.

It is sort of a funny name for a wreath, but it is made by poking fabric squares into a wreath form.  I used a 10 inch Styrofoam form because that is what I had in my stash but a lot of the tutorials call for straw wreaths.

You can google “fabric square wreaths” and get all sorts of tutorials, but the easiest explanation is to cut the squares with pinking shears (the ones I had were 3-ish inches), gather them around your poking tool (I used a chopstick, but you can use a pen or a screwdriver), put a dab of glue on the end (optional, but I figured it wouldn’t hurt. I used hot glue.) Poke the squares into the wreath form approximately one per inch apart, and continue until the wreath is covered. The fabric is gathered up so the right side is on the inside.

I made a round on the top, one on the inside, and one on the outside then filled in any spots that looks sparse with the remaining squares.  The 10 inch form used about 90 squares to complete. I used four different fabrics because that is what I had, but these could be done in any variety of colors. Because it is fabric, this should probably be an indoor wreath.