Sunday, March 20, 2011

Widgets

38 {Preppy} Pyxis Argyle Wreath


I saw something like this on Etsy a million years ago (okay, a few months - obviously it's been sold, but you can still see it here) and couldn't find a tutorial for how to make one myself... but I loved it and I'm poor, so I decided I'd sacrifice myself and some of my materials to trying to create a tutorial for one and if I was lucky, I'd end up with something pretty cool at the end. And the I'm VERY excited to tell you that it didn't take me long or too many trials (and errors) in order to create something that I really REALLY like. I'm sure there are easier ways to do this and I know that the original used more diamond shapes rather than my felt squares, but I'm pretty thrilled with it...

As you look through this tutorial, there's more than one wreath starring in it... that's because I practiced with one and then I went back and took pictures the next time because I couldn't figure out how to photograph it all at first and then I did things slightly differently. I try to tell you if there are 2 good ways to do something or what I learned at each step though so you benefit from my trials and errors!

I named this one Pyxis because I liked the name and it made some alliteration as long as I called it a preppy wreath... and because Pyxis is actually a mariner's compass and somehow, I just thought that kind of fit. You can read about that constellation here (but promise you'll come back)!


Supplies
  • Yarn-wrapped wreath (I recommend a straw wreath form one...)
  • Felt in your choice of coordinating colors (I've used 2 and 3 colors, it's up to you)
  • Straight pins
  • Some leftover yarn (from your wreath or in a coordinating color)
  • Scissors, ruler
Instructions
I'm assuming you all know how to wrap a wreath in yarn (if not, there are about a billion tutorials out there including this one, but it's incredibly simple - you tie the yarn around the wreath and then wrap until you finally tie it at the end... takes a little while, but VERYYYYY easy), so I'm starting with a yarn-wrapped wreath. I used the straw wreath form and recommend that because I was able to stick the straight pins into it without too much effort and they held for as long as I needed them to and while I flipped the thing around and tried to figure out what I was doing...

Then, you want to grab one of your pieces of felt and cut a few squares. I had a 12-inch wreath and liked the way that 2" x 2" squares looked on it, so that's what I used.

But you can experiment with that sizing. And this is where you could make yours more diamond-shaped if you want. I started laying them out and for this wreath I originally wanted it to be yellow and gray because I'm kind of obsessed with that color combo recently (remember the old blog design?!), but as I laid it out, I wasn't crazy about it...

So I decided to go with a pale green felt instead (one of my other fave colors these days). I ended up with about 15 squares on this wreath (that I'm using for most of these pictures - and only 14 squares on the camo wreath that sneaks in a bit and only has 2 colors of felt... it was the learning wreath that I made first).

However, on both wreaths, I had to trim the squares down to make it fit (you can see in the pic above that the squares are overlapping and I didn't like that, thus the effort to make it fit) and not break the pattern anywhere. I'm sure there's a better way to do this, but since my squares weren't perfect anyways, I wasn't particularly worried... a little off the top, a little off the sides, and it works...

Then you want to grab your straight pins and start pinning the squares into place the way you laid them out and with the corners pointing towards the inside and outside of the wreath. I just used one straight pin at the top of the square and that was enough for me and for all of them to hold (the pins are located where the green arrows are pointing). I didn't push them all the way down because you'll take them out later.

Do this for all of your little felt squares...

Now you want to grab your yarn. I used leftovers from wrapping the wreath, but you can obviously use a coordinating color. I basically wrapped it through once and tied it, just like I was starting to wrap yarn on top of it again. I tucked that one piece under the felt (because it was only pinned in one place, it wasn't hard to do) and then I started wrapping diagonally (where the little green arrows are).

Basically, make one part of the "X" in the same direction across all of your squares so they look like the picture below (and ignore that I accidentally crossed the first "X" before taking this picture).

Then, when I got to the top of the wreath (or the first "X" I had made), I literally just wrapped the other way. I think that on one wreath, I tied the yarn around again and tucked it behind the felt like when I started, but on the one in the picture I didn't and it hasn't fallen apart, so I think you don't have to...

After you finish admiring the fact that I was talented enough to hold the wreath with my legs, take the picture with one hand, and hold the yarn with the other, you want to finish crossing your "X"s all the way around your wreath (like the green arrow shows you above).


Once you wrap and cross all the "X"s, you have the pretty argyle pattern shown above. Tie the yarn the way you'd finish wrapping a regular wreath.

On the camo wreath that I made first, I didn't remove the pins and was worried about what would happen if I did... but on the second gray one here, I figured I was taking a risk for the good of the craft community and so I'd take a leap and see what happened... and so I removed ALL the straight pins (gasp)... and...


The wreath didn't fall apart! If you want to remove your pins, I'd make sure the yarn is wrapped pretty tightly and tie it before removing any pins, but you can also just leave the pins in... they're still in my camo wreath!
I think it looks pretty good! Not sure where they're going to be displayed, but I'm pretty much thrilled that I was able to make it!

I'm linking up to some of my favorite conferences!

38 comments:

  1. this looks great. my sister loves argyle. I might make one for her.

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  2. Love this preppy look! I'll have to a summer bright one soon.. thanks for the tutorial.

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  3. wow! I would have never thought of argyle... LOVE IT!! Saw your post on Craft-o-maniac.

    Karli

    www.dancingaroundwithkarli.blogspot.com

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  4. I absolutely love the gray one you have at the top. That's my favorite! It's so neat to see how easy it is to make. Those look fabulous.

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  5. Super cute!
    Shannon@ shannonandtonysclutteredcloset

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  6. I'd love for you to link up at Inspire Me Mondays!
    http://singingthreelittlebirds.blogspot.com/2011/03/inspire-me-monday_21.html

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  7. Oh my gosh, this is great! I love this! The way you created the pattern is so genius!

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  8. very creative...Totally looks like its covered in a sweater...
    loves
    xoxo
    april

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  9. that looks super cute and fun to make!

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  10. Okay, I am in LOVE with this!!! I am definitely adding this to my list of things to make! I have taken on the task of making a wreath for every month this year. I will be adding an argyle one to my list FOR SURE! Thanks for the inspiration! I host a linky party on Thursdays called Thrilling Thursday. If you have time, come by this Thursday and link up! http://www.paisleypassions.blogspot.com

    ~Lori @ Paisley Passions

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  11. Very cute and clever!

    Megan
    www.CutTheCraft.com

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  12. I am sooo in love with this wreath! What an awesome idea.. so glad that you shared the tutorial too because I may have to make one of my own! Thanks for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party and I am your newest follower!

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  13. This is so adorable! I love argyle!! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. I love the preppy wreath! It's adorable. Thanks for linking up to Creation Mondays @ ~The Life of Me~!

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  15. This is so fun - I'm inspired to make one of my own! So cute!

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  16. LOVE. I immediately raided my stash and whipped one up for my front door! Featuring you on the Mad in Crafts facebook fan page.

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  17. Wow, this is just too cute! When I first saw "argyle wreath" I was wondering how you would get that shape. You made it soooo easy.

    Thanks for sharing such an easy to understand tutorial. :)

    Cheers,
    Tracy All Thumbs Crafts

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  18. Oh my gosh I love these! I've always been a fan of funky argyle socks and now you tell me I can have this look on my front door? How fast can I make one? Thanks for the tutorial!

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  19. Wow that looks so cool. I am definitely going to try this!

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  20. I love your wreath. Totally bookmarking this for the "non holiday months".... Argyle reminds me so much of when I was in school...

    If you have a moment tonight I'd love for you to share this with my readers at Creative Juice Thursday Party @ Momnivore's Dilemma. Party starts at 8 CST. Hope to see you there!

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  21. Brilliant! I love this wreath. I just purchased yarn to make one but hadn't thought of the argyle design. Great job
    www.itsybityspaperblog.com

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  22. Oh, my! This is amazing! I love argyle more than is appropriate. I'm definitely going to have to make one of these!

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  23. This is adorable! From the thumbnail I thought you sacrificed a real argyle sweater for this one! Adorable!

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  24. I seriously love this and will be making one asap!!! I have a soft spot in my heart for argyle, my husband may groan a bit when he sees it but whatevers!!

    Found you on tidymom :)

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  25. Thank you so much for linking to the beagle! I love argyle and now I can have it in any color combination I want. This would be a great gift for a college student in muted school colors. Great idea!

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  26. Love this! I especially love the color combo you used! Thanks for stopping by and linking!

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  27. I love these wreaths as well! And yours look great! Awesome job! Thanks for linking up again!

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  28. Thanks for linking up to Creative Juice Thursday! Hope you can make it back this week {party opens wed. night @ 8pm CST}

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  29. I love this! Wanted to let you know that I featured your wreath on my blog @ http://pinkapotamus.blogspot.com/2011/03/pink-hippo-party-22.html
    Hope you stop by and pick up a featured button!

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  30. That turned out so stinkin awesome! When I first looked I thought it was really a sweater.

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  31. I featured you this week at my Hookin Up with HoH link party!

    Feel free to stop by and grab a button if you'd like.

    ~Allison @ House of Hepworths

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  32. I posted my version of your wreath this morning! Thanks again for linking it up to my Mad Skills Party. This is one of my favorite wreaths I have made!

    http://madincrafts.blogspot.com/2011/04/stash-busting-spring-decor.html

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  33. This is a totally cute wreath. I am visiting from Lamb Around and the thumbnail totally jumped out at me. Thanks for sharing!

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