Scarecrow Fabric Wreath
Using Designs by JuJu’s Whimsical Scarecrow Applique
I’m thrilled to be joining you here again on Designs by JuJu’s website! I’ve always LOVED JuJu’s delightful designs and have used them extensively in my work. This super quick and easy project is great for adorning your front door on Halloween or Thanksgiving.
For this project, I used an assortment of Juju’s new Whimsical Scarecrow Applique designs. Fabrics are from my stash and chosen for their yellow, orange and red colour scheme. Be sure and read through all the instructions prior to commencing. It will make the project much easier for you.
Four Whimsical Scarecrow Applique designs
Yellow .4 yard
Orange Fat Eighth
Stripe Fat Eighth
Red Fat Eighth
Applique fabric Assorted scraps
Small bag of polyester fibrefill
Medium weight tearaway stabilizer (Four pieces each measuring 8"x10")
Embroidery thread, bobbin thread, all-purpose thread
Embroidery needle, sewing needles
Temporary fabric adhesive spray, (optional)
Spray starch (optional)
Small, sharp scissors or appliqué scissors
Wire wreath measuring 12" in diameter
Four yards of red rickrack
*I use Brother Embroidery thread for all my projects
Begin by cutting out eight rectangles, each measuring 4"x6" from the orange and striped fabrics and six rectangles from the red fabric. Match the rectangles, two by two, with right sides together and stitch ½" from the perimeter, leaving open a 1½" space. Turn to right sides, being mindful to pull out all corners.
Stuff fibrefill into the opening of the rectangle to make a little pillow. Close opening by handstitching a ladder stitch. Repeat until you have 11 finished rectangular pillows. Set aside.
Cut four pieces of yellow fabric, each measuring 8"x10". Download your favourite four Whimsical Scarecrow Applique designs – DBJJ878 - to your embroidery machine. Using your machine’s medium sized hoop, center and hoop the first 8"x10" piece of yellow fabric together with tearaway stabilizer. Place the hoop onto the machine and stitch out the first design outline.
Remove hoop from machine. Cut a fabric scrap slightly larger than the outline stitch. Spray starch the right side of fabric scrap and press. Spray the wrong side of fabric scrap with temporary spray adhesive. Center and finger press fabric onto the outline stitching.
TIP: Cover ironing board when using spray starch and fabric adhesive to prevent over spray.
TIP: Temporary fabric adhesive often leaves behind a residue on the needle. It may be necessary to clean your embroidery machine needle as you go.
Replace the hoop onto the machine and embroider tacking stitches. Remove hoop from the machine and carefully trim around the outline. Place hoop back onto machine and finish embroidering the rest of the design in the same manner.
Repeat these steps to embroider three more Scarecrow Applique designs on the three other 8" x10" pieces of yellow fabric.
Press and trim around each Scarecrow design to measure 4"x6". Construct four more rectangular pillows in the same manner as with the other fabrics.
Wire wreath in hand, begin tying rectangular pillows to the wire wreath using the red rickrack. Tie the pillows on tight.
Keep the four Scarecrow applique rectangular pillows until the end. When you are happy with the colour pattern on the wire wreath, begin placing the Scarecrow applique rectangular pillows on the wreath and glue in place. (I chose to use glue here because tying on the little Scarecrow applique rectangular pillows would obscure some of their amazing cuteness!).
Hang your scarecrow fabric wreath on your front door and love it every time you look at it!