Here at Pollywoggles we are counting down 'till Christmas and as of today there are only three more weeks to go! If your fabric stash looks anything like mine, this time of year is when you start to realize how much scrap Christmas fabric you have... and start wondering what to do with it. Here is a simple project to use up a whole bunch of small pieces and make a unique handmade gift or decoration at the same time.
I love these as a unique bunting hung from around our living and dining room with twine and using those little tiny clothespins that you can pick up at craft or dollar stores (look in the scrapbooking section). They are also cute hung on your tree, or used as gift toppers in place of tags.
I first made these patchwork stars a few years ago, using a template I found online that was... well we'll just say it was lacking in both details and accuracy. I really enjoyed the project though, and sent patchwork stars home with all of my family that Christmas. This year, I wanted more stars for myself, but wanted to try for a smaller star as the original ones were about a little over 7" wide. I also thought it would be a fun project to share and so I decided to create a template that was a lot more complete and usable than the original one that I had worked from.
These stars take about 10-15minutes to complete if you do them one at a time, but can be done faster if you make a bunch "assembly line" style. Cutting the patchwork pieces in bulk is a breeze with a rotary cutter and cutting mat, and it's so addicting you might find that you quickly end up with more pieces than you planned!
All you need for this project is:
Scraps of fabric suitable for your chosen star.
Small piece of narrow ribbon
Polyfil for stuffing
1 button, approximately 3/4" - 1" in diameter
Needle & thread
Choose which star size you would like to make. The larger star is approximately 7" across, and the smaller star is approximately 5" across.
Using the template (PDF download available below), cut five pieces for the patchwork side of the star. Cut 1 star piece for the back.
Hopefully, now that you've done one, you're ready to cut out a bunch more and get stitching! I found these surprisingly addicting to make. I thought I was done after about a dozen, but found myself cutting out more a few days later. All together, I think I made about thirty of them!
Happy Christmas Scrap-busting! Keep watching the countdown in Pollywoggles Sewing Circle... I've got one more free project coming up for you this holiday!
Thank you so much for stopping by my little corner of the digital world. When I'm not designing (or, more likely, attempting to keep up with housework or schooling my three rug rats!) you'll probably find me with my nose in a book, escaping for a few precious moments into a world of fiction or learning with single-minded focus about my latest interest. Here, I'd like to share with you some of the things that I'm currently working on and a bit about all the ways I like to keep my creative juices flowing!
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