Scandinavian Fabric Stars

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As soon as winter sets in, I get an overwhelming urge to make handicrafts. Felt, fabric, embroidery – you name it!  Yesterday I post on IG while making these stars, and since lots of people were asking me about them, I thought I’d do a quick little post!

I learned to make these through Pinterest, using a tutorial by a Danish blogger Named Sofie Legarth. If you use the translate feature on Google Chrome, it’s easy enough to follow along on her tutorial… but just in case you prefer English instructions, I thought I’d do a little tutorial here!

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Step 1: Choose 4 fabrics that you like together. It’s the perfect way to use up quilting cotton – I have a huge stash of fat quarters that I bought in Japan before I started sewing clothes!

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Pictured: Front and back of the same ornaments. I like how the variation of a large print or stripe show differently on each side!

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Step 2: Cut 8cm x 30cm rectangles (about 12″ x 3 1/4″).  I like to stack up several layers of fabric so I can cut them all at once!

Step 3: Iron the stripes so they are like double-fold bias tape. (In half, then fold the edges in to the centre, and iron again.)

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Step 4: Fold the strips almost in half, so one end is a few centimeters longer than the other. Start weaving them together, so that each strip is sandwiching the previous one. Pull the ends of the last strip through the loop of the first.

Step 5: Pull the strips snug. It should now hold together on it’s own.

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Step 6: Flip it over, and weave the long ends together (just like folding down the top of a cardboard box).

Step 7: Pull snug.

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Step 8: In turn, fold each of the strips into a triangular point.

Step 9: Fold the point in half, and tuck the long end into the ornament with a finger.

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Step 10: Ta-da! Done. Give it a good press with a hot iron and steam to lock the folds in place.

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Step 11: Use embroidery floss to sew on a loop, then hang it up! I like to use a dark green floss to the loop blends into the tree, but if you were making a garland you might choose a different colour.

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I’ve made about 20 this year, and I’ll give away half of them to friends and coworkers. They are the perfect size to tuck in a card, and they are a lot quicker than most ornaments to make!

Posting this crafty tutorial is taking me back to one of my first ever blog posts, back in November 2012, when I posted about how to make a felted ball ornament using a thrifted sweater. I didn’t even sew clothes back then! Crafting A Rainbow started off literally about crafting, before sewing took hold a few months later!

Do you have a favourite ornament to make and give? I’m looking for something new to give to my family this year!


102 thoughts on “Scandinavian Fabric Stars

  1. Thank you for posting these directions! My craft group is planning to make a collection of these for our church’s Christmas fair this year! They are fun to make! Lorraine from New Hampshire

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  2. I cannot “get” the back when I flip it over. I look and look at the picture but I cannot “get” it. Please help!
    I really like these and want to make some. Help!

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    1. When you flip it over it will look just like the front, only the long end of the strips will now be on top. Flip the long end back over the “center square” and Weave the long end backr through the left upper folded quadrant. This will lock down the back side Strips once you do the same for all four strips. If you look at the back when you flip it, the strips are not “locked” like they are on the front. By weaving the long end back through, you are making both sides secure. The reason you started with one end longer is to have all the ends the same length when you weave the back. Hope this helps.

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      1. I found that if i started with slightly longer strips it was easier to weave the back in to keep everything secure. Once completed, you could also use fabric glue so that with repeated handling the stars do not come apart. This is especially useful if they are going on a tree and you have little helpers for trimming and untrimming the tree.

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  3. I have reduced the size to 2 1/2″ x 10″ and made beautiful Christmas pins as gifts by hot glueing pins to the back (top of woven section).
    I am also making ornanments for those ornaments who prefer them over pins and also for myself. This is a great way to use all those Christmas scraps. Thanks for the pattern. I have been passing it around to my quilting friends.

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