We love making new Christmas ornaments each year to decorate our home. This year we are planning a winter wonderland theme using lots of pastel coloured decorations with gold accents. Even though Christmas falls in the middle of our Australian summer and are usually very hot, we can dream right? One year we spent Christmas in Colorado and it was lovely experiencing a white Christmas. We even went for a sleigh ride on Christmas Day.
If you have been following our blog since we began, you may recall our Charming Christmas ornaments from 2009. This year we have given them a makeover and made these easy to construct felt and fabric stars.
If you would like to make your own, you will need:
- white felt
- fusible appliqué web such as steam a seam
- silver or gold thread
- fibre fill or stuffing of your choice
Trace a star (or other Christmas shape – such as a bell, Christmas tree, etc) onto the paper side of the fusible web. Cut around the shape leaving a 1/4 inch clearance. Press the shape onto the back of the fabric, and cut it out. Peel off the paper backing, and fuse the fabric shape onto a square of white felt that at least 1 inch wider and longer than the shape.
Tip: Use medium sized Christmas cookie cutters as a template for the Christmas shapes.
Layer the felt with the fabric appliqué shape onto a second square of felt the same size. Using your sewing machine, stitch a buttonhole stitch, around the outside of the shape, leaving a 1 inch gap in one side. Pull the felt layers apart near the gap and stuff gently with the filling. Use a chopstick to push the stuffing down inside the shape. Close the opening with some more buttonhole stitching.
Cut around the shape using pinking shears. Make a hanging loop with a length of metallic thread.
The stars are a perfect match with my favourite tea set.