After making our Folded Star Mat, we wanted to use the same fabric technique to make a Christmas Folded Star Ornament. These are fun Christmas ornaments to make and there are lots of colourful examples of Folded Star Ornaments on pinterest. All it takes is folding and pressing the fabric pieces, and then pinning them into place on a polystyrene ball. There is no sewing involved.
- polystyrene ball (7 inch circumference, approx 3 inch in height)
- fat 1/8th of three fabrics – dark, medium, and light.
- sequin pins
- fabric glue pen
Method for Folded Star Ornament:
Prepare the fabric by cutting:
- Medium fabric (blue) – cut 10 squares measuring 2 1/2 inches
- Light Fabric (grey) – cut 16 square measuring 2 1/2 inches
- Dark Fabric (red) – cut 16 squares measuring 2 1/2 inches
Refer to our tutorial on the Folded Star Mat to see how to press the fabric pieces prior to pinning them in place. Press all the fabric squares into triangles.
Open up a piece of medium fabric (blue) and pin in place on the ball. Position four of the triangle of the same colour in place on top of the square to form the inner star. Turn the ball over and repeat for the other side of the ball.
Pin the grey fabric triangles in place, positioning them approx 1/2 inch from the centre point of the blue star. Repeat for both sides of the ball.
Pin the red triangles in place for the final round.
Use fabric glue to glue some ribbon around the centre of the ornament, covering up the raw edges of the fabric. Allow to dry. Pin a small piece of ribbon to the top of the ornament to create a hanging loop.
The Folded Star Ornament is a fun technique and would be a suitable project for older children to make for Christmas. Experiment with different fabric colour combinations to make some original decorations for your Christmas tree. You don’t need to use Christmas fabric, any patterned fabric in Christmas colours will work well, so it is a great stash buster project to use up little fabric scraps.
If you like this folded star patchwork technique, check out our Folded Star Mat Tutorial.
Thanks to Windham Fabrics for supplying the Wallflowers fabric that was used in this project.