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Prairie Point Star Ornament Tutorial

Prairie Point Star Ornament Tutorial

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Whether you’ve arrived from Pinterest, CraftGossip, Total Tutorials or another of the wonderful sites that have linked to my Prairie Point Star Ornament Tutorial, I’m so glad you’re here!

Tutorials are the most rewarding posts that I create for Super Mom – No Cape! (The Sewing Tutorials tab above will take you to the complete list.)

I’ll be sharing several fun, new tutorials over the coming weeks and months.

 

Prairie Point Star Ornament Tutorial

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Materials required to make one Prairie Point Star Ornament:

 

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.

Step 2b - Draw 4.5 diameter circle on scrap of fabric

If you don’t have a compass, you can use the lid from a yogurt container as a template.

Step 2a - Trace around 4.5 inch circle

Stitch completely around the circle following the pencil line.

Step 3 - Sew around circle on drawn line

Use pinking shears (<-affiliate link) to trim the seam allowance.

Step 4a - Use pinking shears to trim seam allowance

Alternatively, the seam allowance can be trimmed to 1/4 ” and notched as shown below.

4b - Trim seam and notch

Pull the layers of the circle apart.

Step 5 - Pull the layers of the circle apart

Cut a small X in one side.

Step 6 - Cut an X in top layer of fabric circle

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.

Step 7 - Mark the center point of the circle on each side

Stuff lightly.

Step 8 - Lightly stuff the circle

You want a flatish, puffed circle, not a round ball.

Whipstitch the opening closed.

Step 9 - 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.

Step 1a - Divide 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.

Step 1b - Choose four charm squares from each colorway

Place a charm square wrong side up on the ironing board.

Step 10 - Place charm square on ironing surfact wrong side up.

Fold it in half, opposite corner to opposite corner to form a triangle. Press.

Step 11 - Fold square point to point to form a triangle

Fold the triangle, corner to corner along the folded edge to form the prairie point.

Step 12 - Fold point to point 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.

Step 14a - A long doll making needle works best
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.

Step 14b - Insert needle through center marks from one side through the other

Place one corner of the prairie point on the center mark and take a stitch.

Step 14c - Thread needle through one point of the prairie point

Make another stitch, pulling the thread through to the opposite side of the circle as demonstrated in the left photo below.

Step 14d - Add first prairie point to the stuffed circle

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.

Step 14e - Continue to add prairie points

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)

Step 14f - Use a surgical clamp if the needle gets too difficult to pull throug

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.

Step 14g - Insert last prairie point under the first

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.

Step 15 - Cut a length of cord or ribbon 12 long and knot ends
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.

Step 16 - Sew cord to center on either side

Sew a pretty button on each side. Secure with a knot and cut the thread.

Step 17 - Sew a pretty button in the center of either side

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.

Three Prairie Point Star Ornaments hanging on a pine tree

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.

For example:

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.

Prairie Point Star Ornament

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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76 Comments

  • Christine M
    November 5, 2015 4:22 pm

    Your ornaments are gorgeous, Sue. Thanks for the great tutorial.

  • Mary
    November 5, 2015 5:31 pm

    Those look fantastic. Thanks for the fun tutorial.

  • Jenny Benton
    November 5, 2015 4:48 pm

    Thanks for sharing this lovely pattern. But I’m just a little confused – are the prairie points just stitched to the front of the puffy circle? If so, is the back uncovered? Or do they fold right around to the back?

    Thanks in advance,

    Jenny from New Zealand

    • Super Mom No Cape
      November 5, 2015 5:10 pm

      Hello Jenny,

      The tutorial is very photo intensive so it would be easy to miss that part of the directions. If you scroll down, under photo 20, the instructions say… 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.

      So the prairie points are stitched to both sides of the circle completely covering both the front and the back of the puffy circle.

  • Kate
    November 5, 2015 5:25 pm

    I’ve been anxiously awaiting this tutorial Sue! Your ornies are beautiful and I thank you for the fabulous tutorial!

  • Mary Anne
    November 5, 2015 7:30 pm

    These look amazing – thank you so much for the tutorial. I know it took a lot of time to do this!

  • Karen
    November 5, 2015 10:09 pm

    Thank you for the great tutorial. I now have a use for my collection of Christmas charm squares.

  • Maria
    November 5, 2015 9:35 pm

    Thank you the great tutorial…

  • Debbie
    November 6, 2015 1:21 am

    These are awesome, fabulous tutorial

    hugs and stitches

  • Gina
    November 6, 2015 4:02 am

    THis is wonderful. I have a small tree up all year and I like to change the ornaments depending on the season. I’ll be making a few of these to use throughout the year. xxx

  • Rachel
    November 6, 2015 6:31 am

    It’s charming, and the tutorial seems very clear.

  • Flashinscissors
    November 6, 2015 7:51 am

    Thank you for this lovely clear tutorial, Sue. It looks absolutely super!
    Barbara xx

  • alice hahn
    November 8, 2015 3:03 pm

    Thanks for clearing up the step for photo 20. I didn’t get that either. these are so perfect as ornaments. Thanks for sharing with everyone.

    • norma
      March 27, 2017 11:03 am

      I missed it too. Thanks. Do you stitch the points together. looks like it one of the pictures.

  • Martha herbert
    November 16, 2015 6:39 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing I have wanted to make these for a very long time. Yours are beautiful

  • Jeanine
    November 16, 2015 7:38 pm

    Love the idea. I will be making some myself.

  • Nanette
    November 16, 2015 11:34 pm

    Great! I made one as soon as I saw the idea! It came out beautiful! Thank you for the holiday ornament!?

  • Karen Andrews
    November 16, 2015 11:44 pm

    These look fabulous. Definitely going to make these to add to my many handmade ornaments!

  • Sandra F. Miller
    November 20, 2015 10:44 pm

    Great tutorial. Made a sample ornament for myself tonight. Very easy. I showed my mom and she didn’t believe I had made it myself. I told her how to make it and she will be making some herself. I plan to make some as gifts for friends.

  • Lesley Gilbert
    November 22, 2015 10:38 pm

    What a wonderful thing to see hanging on a tree or perhaps in front of a window – I shall certainly give this ornament a go sometime soon – thanks for sharing all your lovely photo’s.

    Lesley – wrapped up warm in a cold England 🙂

  • Joanne
    November 24, 2015 4:29 pm

    Wonderful ornament!!
    Thanks so much for linking up!

  • Vicki in MN
    November 28, 2015 9:03 am

    OMG, what a super cute ornament!! Thank you for the tute 🙂

  • Marsha
    November 29, 2015 12:47 pm

    Great tutorial. Great gift for a fabric-loving friend or anyone. I will share this tutorial, with a link to your site, on my Friday Finds this week, Dec. 4th. Thank you; I can’t wait to make one!

  • Jenny Kavanagh
    November 29, 2015 11:15 pm

    I love these. I want to make some!!!

  • Janine
    November 30, 2015 6:37 pm

    These are beautiful – such a lovely effect to see them hanging together. Thank you for the tute 🙂

  • Beth A
    December 2, 2015 2:25 am

    I had the same question as Jenny. I’m glad the back is covered, too. I love this ornament. I could use fabric especially chosen for the recipient, like Hello Kitty for a certain daughter. Also perfect for an ornament exchange at my guild. Thank you so much for the tutorial!!

  • Heather Stockton
    December 6, 2015 10:55 pm

    I just absolutely love them, they are gorgeous 🙂

  • Maryse
    December 10, 2015 9:31 am

    beautiful….I’m gonna make some right now…Love it!

  • Tina in FL panhandle
    December 10, 2015 8:39 pm

    Thank You For The Tutorial. The Ordinate Was Great Fun To make.

  • Susan
    December 13, 2015 4:07 am

    I do NOT know how I missed this post! I did, because there’s no comment on here from me, and I don’t remember seeing it, but this is the coolest thing ever! I must make one for my Secret Shoebox partner for next year. It’s fabulous! Thank you so much for showing how to do it. It looks pretty easy!

  • Linda – Sewing Shop
    December 14, 2015 8:41 am

    Wow what a gorgeous ornament! It looks intricate, but it’s pretty simple to make. Thanks for making this tutorial!
    I featured it on my blog today, you can see it here: Prairie Point Star Ornament

  • Jean Russum
    January 17, 2016 7:07 pm

    Love the ornament, and just finished my first one. I would like permission to use this in a sewing guild program. Please contact me, as I can find no way to contact you directly. Thanks.

  • Susan
    February 8, 2016 8:45 am

    I just recently found your blog via another blogger. Unfortunately, I can’t remember which one. I really like this ornament and am going to attempt to make some for Christmas 2016. If I start now, I should be able to get some made. Thanks for this “complete” tutorial.

    Also, thanks for answering Jenny’s question as I was wondering that myself. Once you pointed out that it was in picture 20, I could see it. Even thought I had read it, it hadn’t clicked. I have subscribed to your blog.

  • Audrey
    July 11, 2016 2:18 am

    Thanks for sharing. I really like these ornaments.

  • Mary Ann
    September 9, 2016 7:17 pm

    I am so glad i bought your prarie point kit at the quilt show in August at the church in Maine. Can’t wait to make some tonight. Thanks.

  • Karen Wilde
    October 10, 2016 12:00 pm

    Now l k ow what to do with all my xmas fabrics. Thanks

  • Janet Anderson
    October 21, 2016 8:44 am

    I had a problem when making m8ne. The points don’t seem to look like yours. Kine looks moree like a round piece of candy. I made it with a 4 inch circle. Any suggestions.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      October 21, 2016 5:41 pm

      Hello Janet,

      I’ll help in anyway I can. I sent you an email. 🙂

  • Diana from SC
    November 3, 2016 6:24 am

    I am having trouble sending the tutorial for the Prairie Point Star to my email….yes, checked the spam folder. Nothing
    Thanks for your help. Diana

  • Diana from SC
    November 6, 2016 1:06 pm

    Sorry, I accidentally deleted tutorial. Please resend it. I am not getting thru my email for some reason. Thanks, Diana

    • Super Mom No Cape
      November 6, 2016 5:05 pm

      Hello Diana… No problem. I’ll resend the email. 🙂

  • Patricia
    November 6, 2016 9:05 pm

    when I click on the “next” button all I get is a bunch of code, but no tutorial or pictures. Is there another way to get the tutorial, a different link, I tried both the Christmas one and the Patriotic one, must be they link to the same place. I have loved this ornament since the first time I saw it on Pinterest and was so excited when I found this tutorial tonight, now I am bummed 🙁

    • Super Mom No Cape
      November 6, 2016 10:11 pm

      Hello Patricia,

      I sent you an email but wanted to reply here too. The coding on the Next and Previous buttons has been fixed. They should work fine now.

  • Sarah
    December 13, 2016 11:44 am

    quick question about spacing…about how far apart should the Prairie points spread from each other so there is equal spacing for all 16? super beautiful. thanks!

  • Renee
    January 2, 2017 11:56 am

    I have had the worst time sewing on the buttons. Any tips or hints? I also tried bells & had a bad time sewing them on. I love them! They are beautiful!

  • Steffini
    July 5, 2017 12:48 pm

    Would love to have this tutorial sent to me if possible.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      July 5, 2017 4:47 pm

      Hello Steffini,

      I replied via email but thought I’d reply here as well. The pdf of the Prairie Point Star Tutorial is only available to those who sign up through the links provided in Prairie Point Star Tutorial post. When you see Click Here… click on that and a form will pop-up for you to sign up. Shortly after you’ve signed up, you’ll receive an email with the link where you can download the pdf of the tutorial.

      Hope that helps. 🙂

      Wishing you a wonderful, heart-centered day with much Aloha,
      Sue

  • Tammy
    September 6, 2017 3:50 am

    Absolutely beautiful!!! Can’t wait to try this!! ❤️❤️❤️

  • Terry
    September 15, 2017 2:09 pm

    I love this idea of an ornament, but my questions is when you fold in half and then again, when you put it on the ball the raw edges are showing. Are they supposed to show or not? If not, what am i doing wrong?

    • Super Mom No Cape
      September 15, 2017 4:25 pm

      Hello Terry,

      First make sure that you are working with each prairie point as a unit. Do not open them up after folding and pressing them.

      Each time you add a new prairie point to the stuffed circle, the raw edge of the previous one is covered up (as shown in the fifth photo on page 4) and then the raw edge of the final prairie point is tucked under the first (as shown in photo 7 on page 4.)

      I’m sending you an email to see if we can figure out what’s happening. 🙂

  • Valerie
    October 10, 2017 3:17 am

    This is beautiful. Can’t wait to try it.
    Thank you for sharing your talent with like minded sewers.

  • [email protected]
    November 18, 2017 6:47 pm

    That is such a pretty ornament! Pinned.

  • Pauline Austen
    November 28, 2017 7:53 am

    Went for coffee this morning and saw some ladies admiring a selection of these ornaments. The were so beautiful that I had to be nosey and have a look. I eventually found your site and can’t wait to get started (after I’ve finished my ironing). You are so talented. Thank You for sharing.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      November 29, 2017 7:50 am

      Thank you so much Pauline for your sweet compliment! Have fun making the Prairie Point Star Ornaments!

  • Irene Partridge
    November 29, 2017 6:02 am

    Trying to get the Prairie point star PDF have input e-mail address but nothing coming through

    • Super Mom No Cape
      November 29, 2017 7:47 am

      Hello Irene,

      I’ve sent you an email but I’ll reply here too.

      Where did you add you email address? Did you add it to the little window that pops-up when you click on the link in my post? Or did you add it somewhere else? In order to receive the Prairie Point Star Ornament pdf, you have to sign up through the little window that pops up when you click on the link in my post.

      Once I know how you signed up, I’ll be able to figure out why you didn’t receive it.

      Thanks,
      Sue

    • Super Mom No Cape
      November 29, 2017 8:08 am

      Hello again Irene,

      I was able to check the records for my email provider. And I think I know what happened.

      You had signed up to receive the pdf of the Prairie Point Star Ornament in October of 2016 and then a few months later, you unsubscribed.

      When you resubscribed/signed up again using the same email address… it didn’t trigger the send function for the delivery email because it’s set up to only send that email once to each address. And since you’d already received it once last year, it didn’t send it again.

      I’ve sent you another email with the link to the download page.

  • Debra
    November 29, 2017 6:47 am

    This is beautiful. I found that if I threaded all the points on the needle at once and just went through the cushion once with all of them, it was much easier to do. I have arthritis in my hands and found it quite difficult to keep going through all that fabric. Once one side was done, I just turned it over, and repeated on the flip side.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      November 29, 2017 7:48 am

      Thank you Debra. I’m so glad you like it.

      It can be difficult to keep pushing the needle back and forth through the stuffed circle. So I’m glad you found a solution that works for you.

      Once the craziness of the holiday season is over, I’m going to give your method a try and then I can update the tutorial with a new option for how to make them. 🙂

  • Anna-Maria Naidoo
    December 6, 2017 2:50 pm

    Hello,

    Please be so kind as to email me the PDF instructions for the prairie point Star.

    Kindest regards
    Anna-Maria

    • Super Mom No Cape
      December 13, 2017 1:52 pm

      Hello Anna-Maria,

      I’ve been on holiday but am taking time today to catch up replying to comments.

      According to my records you have already received the email with the link to the download page where you can download the PDF to your computer. However, I will sent you another email with the link. Please make sure to download it to your computer so that you have it for future reference. 🙂

  • Diane
    December 10, 2017 12:22 pm

    I keep trying to get the tutorial but it does not come through on my e-mail.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      December 10, 2017 4:55 pm

      Hello Diane,

      According to my records you were sent the email with the link to the download page. Did you check your spam folder to see if it went there? In any case, I’ll send you another email with that link.

  • L J
    December 12, 2017 4:58 pm

    Love this, looks easy enough for young children, I was a bit confused regarding the other point, but read it more slowly and understood. Thank You, Great instructions.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      December 13, 2017 11:17 am

      Thank you for your lovely compliment LJ!

      I hope you have as much fun making them as I do. 🙂

  • Erlene
    December 16, 2017 10:59 pm

    I’ve never tried making an ornament like this. Very unique and pretty.

  • Lori George
    February 5, 2018 1:45 pm

    I love your Prairie Point Star Ornament! Do you have the option to download the instructions? I would love to make them as gifts for my family.

    Thank You.

  • Nancy
    May 23, 2018 5:48 pm

    please add me to your subscribers member list.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      May 23, 2018 8:08 pm

      Hello Nancy,

      I sent you an email explaining how to subscribe to receive the Pdf of the Prairie Point Star Ornament Tutorial. 🙂

  • judy matlock
    May 28, 2018 1:59 pm

    Could you possibly send me the explanation of how to subscribe to receive Pdf of the Prairie Point Start Ornament Tutorial? Thanks so much. jam

    • Super Mom No Cape
      May 30, 2018 7:52 am

      Hello Judy,

      The pdf for the Prairie Point Star Ornament is currently unavailable as we are making some updates to how we deliver our tutorials. It will be available again soon. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Peggy
    September 13, 2018 7:09 pm

    I love this! Can it also be enlarged to make a door wreath?

    • Super Mom No Cape
      September 17, 2018 2:08 pm

      Hello Peggy… I’ve never tried to make one large enough for a door wreath. It couldn’t hurt to try.

  • Lisa
    October 10, 2018 10:32 am

    Just wandering, do these look the same front and back? Yours are beautiful!

  • Bri Adams
    November 19, 2018 12:24 am

    Very cute! Happy Holidays!

  • Cheryl
    December 13, 2018 9:58 am

    Has any one tried using a layer cake maybe that would make a cute door wreath!

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