Do you like making new ornaments to hang on your tree each year or to give as gifts. These embroidered felt star ornaments are something you could work on in the evenings watching your favorite holiday movies.
They’d also be a good project to make with children who are old enough to learn a bit of hand stitching since only three basic embroidery stitches are used… running stitch, backstitch and blanket stitch.
Or how about having an ornament making craft night with a few of your best friends.
Not only will these star ornaments look beautiful on your tree, but because they’re flat, they’d be great to pop into Christmas cards for those far away family and friends who you want to send a little something extra.
And wouldn’t they look lovely as gift toppers. Stitch the recipients name on the back and it becomes part of the gift. Want a downloadable copy of this tutorial complete with the patterns? The PDF can be purchased in my shop for $5.00.
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As you’ve probably gathered by now, today is all about DIY Christmas Ornaments. You’ll find the link party with all the other bloggers ornaments at the bottom of the post.
Embroidered Felt Star Ornament Instructions
Materials needed to make one embroidered star:
- Scrap of white felt 5″X10″
- Scrap of Pellon 808 heavy weight fusible interfacing
- Embroidery floss in colors of your choice
- Small gem for the center in a color to match the floss
- Freezer paper
Finished size: approximately 4½”X4½
Begin by printing off the pattern (scroll down for the link to download it.)
Note: Be sure to set your printer to 100% or no scaling in order to print the pattern at the correct size.
Next, trace the larger star pattern twice onto the freezer paper (waxed side down) using a light source of some kind. A sunny window works well for this.
In recent years though, I’ve switched to using a Huion LED Lightbox.
Being able to trace on a flat surface makes for a more enjoyable experience. It’s more comfortable and saves on arm strain. I’m also able to adjust the brightness of the light to whichever level works best for whatever project I’m working on. If it’s within your budget, I highly recommend one.
You’ll also need to trace the smaller star onto the scrap of fusible interfacing. Make sure to place the fusible side towards the paper.
Cut out the stars you traced onto freezer paper about 1/8″ from the traced lines.
Iron them onto the white felt. Make sure the wax side is facing down otherwise the paper will stick to your iron instead of the felt.
Cut out the stars along the drawn lines. Peel off the freezer paper.
Cut out the smaller star you traced on the interfacing cutting just inside the traced lines so there are no pencil marks left on the interfacing star.
Fuse the interfacing star to one of the larger felt stars. Set aside.
Draw lines on the remaining felt star as indicated on the pattern.
I used a Clover Water Erasable Marker for this.
Your felt star should now look like this.
Embroider three lines of running stitch on the dashed lines shown on the pattern. I used DMC floss color 817 Very Dark Coral Red.
Embroider three lines of backstitch on the solid lines shown on the pattern.
Place the embroidered star and the interfaced star wrong sides together. Blanket stitch all the way around the outside of the stars to join them together.
Spritz with water to remove the blue traced lines and allow to dry.
Once dry, glue a gem in the center in a color to match the floss.
Add a hanging loop and your star is ready to hang on your tree.
Here’s one I made using DMC floss color 3845 Medium Turquoise and a matching blue gem.
I can see myself making a lot more of these for our tree, to add to Christmas cards, as gift tags.
Oh… and wouldn’t it be fun to have a tree decorated with just these for a party and each guest gets to choose one to take home with them.
Soo many ways to use them!
Want a downloadable copy of this tutorial complete with the patterns? The PDF can be purchased in my shop for $5.00.
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