Felt Christmas stars strung on a bit of natural jute or suspended from the tree make delightful Christmas ornaments that add a bit of country charm. These hand-stitched stars are reminiscent of the days when families worked together to create ornaments from scraps of material to adorn the tree or as wall hangings. Simple felt ornaments are easy enough for kids to make and provide a wonderful family activity and ornaments that last a lifetime.
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Things you need
- Scraps of felt
- Embroidery floss
- Embroidery needle
- Fusible fabric
Choose a pattern for your star or draw one of your own. Check quilt pattern books or children's colouring books for a an outline of a star that appeals to you.
Enlarge or reduce the star pattern to get the size you prefer. You will need two different sizes. The larger-sized star will be the base and a smaller-sized star will be applied as an accent in a contrasting colour. Be sure the smaller star allows plenty of room for the base colour to show.
Cut two identical stars from the larger pattern in the colour you have chosen for a base colour. Cut one smaller star in a contrasting colour. A bright yellow base with a smaller red or blue star looks great, but the colour choices are ultimately up to you. Choose colours that match or coordinate with your home's decor.
Position the smaller star on top of one of the larger stars and fuse in place with fusible fabric. Follow the directions and heat setting suggested on the fusible fabric. Stitch the smaller star to the base with a running stitch, if preferred.
Place the two larger stars together with the right sides facing out. Stitch the stars together with a contrasting embroidery floss, using a blanket stitch. Leave a small 1/2-inch opening, but do not tie off the thread at this point.
Stuff the stars with a small amount of fiberfill. Use the back of a pencil to gently push fiberfill into the points of the star. Do not overfill. The goal is to create a slightly puffy star, not a tightly packed ornament. Continue to stitch it closed and tie off the embroidery floss.
Attach a loop of embroidery floss to the back of the star to hang on the tree or create several and attach to a length of natural jute to display hung over doors, archways, or on the wall.
Tips and warnings
- Experiment with colours and sizes to create a variety of shapes, sizes and colours to meet your decorating needs.