Leprechaun Fleece Wreath

You’ll be dancing a jig after making this leprechaun wreath from fleece fabric. Cutting fleece into strips and tying knots are the basics for making this cute St. Patrick’s Day wreath. This is an Easy As Pie Crafts™ original design.

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Supplies:
12″ wire wreath frame
6″ wire wreath frame
2 yds green fleece fabric – I used a tie dye green but you can use 1 yard each of two different greens, if you choose
23 yd burnt orange fleece fabric
13 yd ivory fleece fabric
black felt hat
shamrock sticker or patch, or make one from green felt

Tools:
scissors or 45mm or 60mm rotary cutter
cutting mat (only if using a rotary cutter)
quilter’s ruler, ruler, yardstick, tape measure, or cardboard pattern
glue gun or glue
Xacto® knife, if desired

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We’ll start by trimming the edge of the fabric even. I leave the fabric folded in half just as it came off the bolt. I keep the selvage edge at the top.

Cut strips 1″ wide. Cut through the fold and then cut the strips into pieces 5″ long.

You will have some waste but you can throw it away or keep the short strips for another project. You will use approximately 95 strips for each of the six sections. The number depends on what type of fleece you buy (thickness varies with different types and brands of fleece).

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Begin tying these strips onto the 12″ wire wreath, using a half square knot. Tie them tightly and then push them together. You’ll want to tightly fill each section of the wreath. You can work row by row or section by section. I have found for me that tying each section starting with the inner row works best for me.

Continue cutting and tying the 1″ x 5″ strips on the whole wreath frame (six sections, four rows each) leaving one row on the last section empty. This is where you will attach the leprechaun’s head.

This will be the layout of the leprechaun’s head.

Leprechaun Head Layout

Now begin cutting the ivory fleece into 1″ x 5″ strips, the same as the green fleece. You’ll be tying the ivory fleece on the first two inner rows in two sections and the first inner row in one section on the 6″ wire frame. The 6″ frame has three sections with four rows each.

To make the hair, cut 1″ x 5″ strips of the orange fleece and tie them to the remaining two rows in the two sections that have the two rows of ivory. Then cut 1″ x 9″ strips of the orange fleece and tie them to the second row in the third section.

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Cut 1″ x 12″ strips and tie them in the third row of the third section. The fourth row will be used to attach the leprechaun’s head to his body. Using 1″ x 5″ strips again of the orange fleece, tie the two wire frames together with 10 strips using a square knot (not half square).

Now, you’ll have to fill in the sections of the frame for both the body and head. Use 5″ orange strips to fill in the rest of the last row in the third section of the head and 5″ green strips to fill in the rest of the last row in the last section of the body. All rows and sections are now filled.

Your leprechaun is done but his beard is a little blocky. Take your scissors and cut some angles on the edge of the strips. Do as many or as little as you like to get the look you want.

In order for the hat to stay on his head and lay flat against a wall or door, you’ll have to cut the back off of it. Cut the back third off of the hat. To achieve this use scissors, an Xacto® knife or box cutter. Using a glue gun or glue, attach the shamrock you made or purchased to the front of the hat.

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I like my leprechaun understated but feel free to add purchased eyes or make them from felt or adorn the lower wreath with shamrocks. Be creative and have fun!


Leprechaun Fleece Wreath Recap

Supplies:
12″ wire wreath frame
6″ wire wreath frame
2 yds green fleece fabric – I used a tie dye green but you can use 1 yard each of two different greens, if you choose
23 yd burnt orange fleece fabric
13 yd ivory fleece fabric
black felt hat
shamrock sticker or patch, or make one from green felt

Tools:
scissors or 45mm or 60mm rotary cutter
cutting mat (only if using a rotary cutter)
quilter’s ruler, ruler, yardstick, tape measure, or cardboard pattern
glue gun or glue
Xacto® knife, if desired

Instructions:

  1. Cut 1″ x 5″ strips from the green fleece and tie them on the 12″ wire frame leaving the last row in one section empty.
  2. Cut 1″ x 5″ strips from the ivory fleece and tie them on the 6″ wire frame on the first two inner rows of two sections and and the first inner row of one section.
  3. Cut 1″ x 5″ strips from the orange fleece and tie them on the 6″ wire frame on the remaining two rows in the two sections that have two rows of ivory.
  4. Cut 1″ x 9″ strips from the orange fleece and tie them to the second row of the third section.
  5. Cut 1″ x 12″ strips from the orange fleece and tie them to the third row of the third section.
  6. Cut 1″ x 5″ strips of orange fleece and tie the 6″ wreath to the 12″ wreath together using the empty rows and using 10 strips and square knots (not half square knots).
  7. Fill in the 6″ frame with 5″ orange strips and the 12″ frame with 5″ green strips so all rows and sections are complete.
  8. Trim corners off the strips of the beard to soften the look.
  9. Cut the back third off of the felt hat and attach the shamrock to the front using glue.

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