Long absence on the blog, but I wasn’t on vacation! Working hard behind the scene! More about it soon!
For now I want to share a new tutorial with you – for a fabric star ornament. An easy Christmas sewing!
Years ago I made such stars out of paper. It was so much fun. At the time I wanted to make fabric stars, as well, but the technique is not the same fun when it comes to fabric.
But this year I tried it again, and came up with a hack that makes it quick and easy and fun. Let’s give the hack a name: fusible web!
For one star, you need 8 fabric squares and 8 fusible web interfacing, in the same size as the fabric squares. These are brands of fusible web: Heat’N Bond, Soft Fuse, Wonder Under, Vliesofix/Bondaweb, Steam a Seam 2.
Fuse the fusible web to the back of your fabric. This is a great pattern for scraps. If you have bigger pieces of fabric and interfacing, first fuse fusible web to the back of the fabric then cut your squares.
You can use squares in any size! I used 2”, 2 1/2”, 3” square. The final size of the star is (2 x size of the square).
Remove the paper backing from your fabric squares.
Take one of the paper squares and fold it on both diagonals, as shown. Using a pointed tool (I used a pencil), punch a little hole in the center of the paper.
You will use this paper as a stencil to find and mark the center of each fabric piece.
Place the paper stencil over the back of your fabric pieces, aligning its edges with the edges of the fabric. Using a fine marker, lightly mark the center on fabric. Make sure the dot is not visible on the right side of the fabric. Repeat for all the squares.
Transfer all the squares to your ironing board.
Fold the corners of the fabric into the center, as shown below. Do it one corner at a time and press with the iron. Make sure you touch with the iron only the right side of the fabric- the wrong side is sticky.
The technique is simple and the fusible web makes it easy!
Then fold one of the edges into the center, as show. Repeat with the opposite edge.
Repeat for all the squares – turning squares into kite shapes.
Take two pieces and stitched them together- see the yellow marking, Start sewing from the center. Backstitch at the beginning and end of the seam.
The edge of the top piece must be aligned over the center line of the bottom piece. Make this stitching as invisible as you can! You could use monofilament thread.
Many layers of fabric + fusible web require a sharp needle; I used Schmetz Jeans Needles.
In the same way, add the next piece- always on top of the previous piece.
… until you have added all the pieces. Now you have to attach the first piece to the last piece.
To do this, slide the first piece on top of the last piece (see the yellow arrow) and stitch.
Your piece with all eight pieces attached should look like this.
The last step: optional but useful! Stitch on the center of the star as show.
You will secure all these folds to the back of the star, making it nice and flat. This is the back. Yor star is finished!
You can use them to decorate gifts or to decorate your Christmas table. They are also great as coasters.
You can make them from only one fabric…
or from two fabric, or four… You can make even a rainbow star!
I know you have fabric scraps you cherish! Give them a new life!