fusible fleece...I love this stuff!
pre-washed muslin fabric.... give it a tea stain if you'd like.
scrap quilt batting or some type of polyfil ...this is to make your little stars plump.
rubber stamp ...this stamp is about 4 x 5" in size.
star template ...I found a paper mache one to use as a pattern, which is 4.5". I'm not good at making perfect stars.
ink stamping pad ...the color I used is walnut.
dark red seam binding ...if the color isn't exactly the shade you want, give it a wash with watered down acrylic craft paint, scrunch and let dry overnight.
Twine....to create a hanging loop
Thread and needle...any ol' sewing thread (I used matching) and a small quilting needle works best for maneuvering.
2 ~ Center the fleece star on your fabric star and iron to adhere.
3 ~ Stamp your design onto the fabric. I'm a novice when it comes to rubber stamping but I think I read somewhere that ironing the ink onto the fabric prevents it from bleeding. **Cover your fabric with a piece of paper before ironing so that the ink doesn't transfer to the iron. For those of you who have more experience in this area...am I right or no?
4 ~ If you want your stars to be a bit more rustic, run your finger or the edge of your scissors back and forth across the cut edge to fray the fabric.
2 ~ Put your second star piece on top and start sewing the two pieces together with a basting stitch around the edge. Now this is the tricky part.. You are going to sew and stuff as you go...
3 ~ As you go around each point, stuff it with some filler. I have lots of scrap pieces of quilt batting and have found that it works best for small pieces like this as it's not near as messy as polyfil. **To make your stuffing process easier, cut batting into small pieces and use a small tool, such as a crochet hook or the point on a small pair of scissors, to stuff.
4 ~ Work your way around the star, sewing and stuffing,. Secure your basting with a couple of stitches in between the fabric layers to hide the knot.
Create a bow with your seam binding with as many loops as you would like. I used four. With thread and needle, run a stitch through the layers and then wrap around a couple of times to secure your bow and then stitch it to your star.
I've got a couple of more ornament ideas that I'm planning to share this week, so stay tuned!
You'll find me at these blog parties this week...
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Sunny Simple Sunday @ Sunny Simple Life
Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits @ Stone Gable
Make It Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House
Vintage Inspiration @ Common Ground
Creative Things Thursday @ The Vintage Farmhouse