With Christmas just a week away (yay!) we have one last tutorial to share with you – Simple Christmas Stars. This project uses up all those scraps you’ve accumulated with your other Christmas crafting, and these lovely little stars don’t take long to put together. You can make them to adorn your tree or a set will make a nice gift for loved ones.
Kim, Freya’s mum, has written this simple tutorial for you to make this easy and fun project.
If – like me – you have bought some especially beautiful Christmas fabrics this year, you will love making these beautiful Christmas stars with your fabric scraps.
- Sewing machine
- Basic sewing kit
- Scraps of fabric aprox 20cm x 20xm
- Medium weight iron on interfacing
- Ribbon or cord
- Template – Download HERE pentagon
To start, you will need to print this pentagon shape. Cut one larger shape from your beautiful printed fabric and one from your plainer fabric. Cut a smaller pentagon shape from some medium weight woven iron-on interfacing. Finally you need to cut a 15cm length of narrow ribbon or cord.
Fold each of the sides of your patterned fabric pentagon, mark the centre point, and then position and iron on the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric as in this photo:
Pin your two pieces of fabric right sides together and stitch around 4 of the 5 sides, leaving a quarter inch seam allowance. Trim the corners carefully and turn the fabric right sides out, use a knitting needle or a edge turner, making sure the corners are nice and sharp.
Fold the open edge in, then iron and and top stitch around the edge of the pentagon to make the edges crisp.
Fold the edges of the pentagon and mark the centre position with a pin, then fold the corners in to make the star shape.
Now you need to hand stitch the points of the stars into place. Start by stitching into one corner, pass the needle under the plain fabric (between the two fabrics) and come up in the middle of the next point and do a few stitches to hold it in place. Continue in the same way around all 5 points and then tie your thread off.
Finally tuck the ends of the ribbon or cord under a folded flap and stitch it into place and tuck the other end under the adjacent folded flap and do the same.
You can of course scale the pentagon up to make a bigger star if you want to!
Happy Christmas crafting,