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Materials required to make one Prairie Point Star Ornament:
- Sixteen 5” charm squares
- 5″X10″ scrap of cotton fabric or two 5″ squares (These will be completely covered so use whatever scraps you have. I used scraps of thrifted cotton sheets.)
- Polyester stuffing
- Hand sewing needle
- Strong thread. (I used 30 wt quilting thread)
- Satin cording or ribbon for the hanger
- 2 Buttons for the center (one for each side)
To make the inside of the ornament:
Fold the 5″X10″ scrap of fabric in half or if using 5″ squares, place one on top of the other.
Use a compass (<-affiliate link) to draw a 4.5″ diameter circle.
If you don’t have a compass, you can use the lid from a yogurt container as a template.
Stitch completely around the circle following the pencil line.
Use pinking shears (<-affiliate link) to trim the seam allowance.
Alternatively, the seam allowance can be trimmed to 1/4 ” and notched as shown below.
Pull the layers of the circle apart.
Cut a small X in one side.
Avoid cutting the X too close to the center as you will be sewing through the center point several times.
Turn the circle right side out through the opening.
Mark the center point of each side.
You want a flattish, puffed circle, not a round ball.
Whipstitch the opening closed.
It doesn’t have to look pretty. It just needs to hold the stuffing inside while you’re adding the prairie points.
Set the stuffed circle aside.
To make the prairie points for the Prairie Point Star Ornament:
Divide the charm pack into colorways.
For this tutorial, I used Reindeer Games by Sandy Gervais for Moda. As there were four colorways, I chose 4 charms from each.
Place a charm square wrong side up on the ironing board.
Fold it in half, opposite corner to opposite corner to form a triangle. Press.
Fold the triangle, corner to corner along the folded edge to form the prairie point.
Repeat for the remaining 15 squares.
To assemble the prairie point star ornament:
Thread the needle with about 30 inches of thread and tie a good strong knot.
I found that a soft sculpture doll needle worked best, but these can certainly be made using a regular hand sewing needle.
Insert the needle into the center mark on one side and draw through the mark on the opposite side of the stuffed circle.
Place one corner of the prairie point on the center mark and take a stitch.
Make another stitch, pulling the thread through to the opposite side of the circle as demonstrated in the left photo below.
Fold the prairie point over the circle and take a stitch in the opposite corner. Secure by taking a stitch back through to the first side.
Continue to add prairie points in this manner.
If it becomes difficult to pull the needle through the layers of fabric, a surgical clamp or pair of pliers can provide a better grip to pull it through. (Note: affiliate links have been added to help you find clamps or pliers)
It can be a little tricky to sew that last prairie point in place as it needs to be tucked under the first prairie point.
Once the final prairie point is sewn in place, secure the thread with a knot but don’t cut the thread yet.
Cut a 12″ length of cording (or ribbon) to form a hanger.
When using cording, I knot the ends to give me a larger area to sew through.
Sew the cord to the center of the circle.
Sew a pretty button on each side. Secure with a knot and cut the thread.
The finished size using 5″ charm squares is approximately 6″ across from tip to tip of the prairie points.
Prairie Point Star Ornaments can be made in a variety of different sizes and fabric combinations.
In the photo above, the center one is the one made while creating this tutorial. The red and white used 4.5″ squares while the green and white has 4″ squares to make prairie points.
Changing the size of the ornament is easy. Simply decide what size squares to use to make the prairie points and cut the circle for the inside ½” smaller in diameter.
If you are cutting 4.5″ squares, cut a circle that is 4″ in diameter. 4″ squares would require a 3.5″ circle.
The one pictured below is the first Prairie Point Star Ornament I made back in September.
It’s made from leftover charm squares of Season’s Greetings by Sentimental Studios for Moda.
These will all be beautiful additions to our collection of Christmas ornaments. I have more cut out to give as gifts.
They are a great way to use up some of those charm packs or Christmas fabric in your stash!
You can even make Prairie Point Star Ornaments for other occasions.
I’ve made several Patriotic Prairie Point Star Ornaments to hang in our windows. At first I made them for the 4th of July but we loved them so much that I left them up year round. For those, because I made them in red, white and blue fabrics, I used 15 prairie points instead of 16.
And for Valentine’s Day, I made Valentine’s Prairie Point Star Ornaments.
As always, if you make something with one of my tutorials, I’d love to see a photo. You can either e-mail me by clicking on the little envelope in the upper left-hand sidebar. Or tag me on instagram @supermomnocape.
Edited to add:
After you’ve made one (or more) Prairie Point Star Ornaments be sure to blog about it, post it on Instagram, Facebook or Flickr, then come share it in my Prairie Point Star Ornament Link Party!
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