Over at So Sew Easy, Deby is celebrating Christmas in July and she's asked a group of bloggers to help her decorate the tree. I've made a felt Christmas star to put on the tree. Today I'll show you how to easily make your own felt star ornament.
- 2 small pieces of felt
- 4" star template
- embroidery floss in contrasting colour
- 8" narrow ribbon or fabric scrap
- regular thread the same colour as the felt
Cut 2 stars, with the template as a guide. Using 3 strands of embroidery floss, sew running stitches in lines radiating out from the centre of the first star. Knot the thread to start and finish, with the knots on the wrong side of the star.
Repeat for the second star. On one star I made 20 lines of running stitches...
and on the other star, 10. You can choose to do the same number of lines on both, or make them different.
I used an 8" long scrap of fabric to hang the star, but you could use a narrow ribbon instead. Fold the scrap of fabric or ribbon in half and place the raw ends 1" from the edge.
Attach by sewing to the back of one star, using regular sewing thread (not embroidery floss). Take each stitch half way through the felt, so the stitches don't show on the right side of the star, making a knot at the start and finish.
You can see from the photo above, that I have made no attempt to hide the knots or make the back of the star neat. I figure it's going to be hidden inside the ornament anyway.
Pin the two stars, with wrong sides together. Whip stitch around the edge of the stars.
That's it - one quick and easy to make Christmas star, all ready to hang on Deby's Christmas tree.
Four felt ornaments will be added to the tree today, with more added throughout the month.
I do prefer the side with fewer stitching lines, but if I'd lined up the centre a little better, I think the second side would have been just as effective.
This is actually the first Christmas ornament I've ever made, with the exception of helping kids make their ornaments. Come to think of it, the kids might be able to help me make some more stars, but I think I'll leave that till closer to Christmas.
All up this month, there will be 22 tutorials over at So Sew Easy, showing how to make felt ornaments. For even more Christmas inspiration, Fiona, from Celtic Thistle Stitches, hosts Ho, Ho, Ho and On We Sew every month, where you can add your own Christmas sewing for this year.
Have you made a start on this year's Christmas sewing? I'm feeling rather pleased with myself and hoping to avoid some of the mad rush at the end of the year.