Monday 24 October 2016

Christmas Ornament Tutorial: Sew a Sparkly Felt Star

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Time for another free festive pattern: a sparkly star!

felt star ornament

This sparkly star ornament is part of a set of cute felt Christmas decorations I designed for docrafts Creativity magazine last year.

So far I've shared tutorials for making a snowman bauble, a stripey stocking and a reindeer bauble. The rest of the projects will be posted on my blog over the next few weeks... so stay tuned! 

felt Christmas ornament set
 felt Christmas ornament set
felt star ornament
To make the star, you will need:

- templates (see the bottom of this post)
- royal blue felt
- silver star sequins
- white and royal blue sewing thread
- white embroidery thread (floss)
- white narrow ribbon
- toy stuffing
- sewing scissors
- sewing needles and pins

felt star ornament

To make the sparkly star:

1. Use the templates provided to cut out two star shapes from royal blue felt.

2. Sew on silver stars. Start in centre and work outwards. Sew stars in place with 3 stitches of white sewing thread. Leave space at edges to sew together.

3. Cut a 15cm (6 inch) length of narrow white ribbon. Fold the ribbon into a loop and sew the ends to the top of the undecorated star shape. Use whip stitch and royal blue sewing thread, sewing into the felt not through it.

4. Place the front and back star pieces together so the ends of the ribbon are sandwiched between the two layers and the loop sticks out the top of the ornament.

Hold or pin the two star pieces together and blanket stitch around the edge, using half strands of white embroidery thread. Stitch most of the way round and leave a gap for stuffing.

5. Add small pieces of stuffing to gradually fill the star, stuffing it lightly so it's evenly filled but still very squishy. Then sew up the gap with more blanket stitches and finish your stitching neatly at the back. 

felt star ornament

This tutorial is for personal use only: you can use it to stitch as many felt ornaments as you want for yourself or as gifts, but please don't make any for sale. You may borrow a photo or two if you want to blog about this project, but remember to credit me and link back to the original source, and do not reproduce my entire post or share the pattern itself on your site. Thanks!

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felt star ornament tutorial


bairozan said...

I haven't made my own Christmas ornament in a long while and this looks like a project I'd love to make if I have the time!

Bugs and Fishes said...

Thanks! :) I hope you'll have time to do some Christmas crafting this year.