I remember making Christmas decorations with my Mum and Nan when I was a child. They were usually made from materials we had on hand - such as paper, recycled Christmas cards, wool, fabric etc. Making decorations each year adds to the excitement and is always part of the Christmas preparations in our family. It is the Christmas traditions that you make as a family that are most important aspect of Christmas for me.
To fit with our Red Gingham theme, we have made some Gingham Stars from gingham, felt, twine, and buttons to add to our tree this year. These are simple decorations to make, and can be made in colours/fabrics to match your own theme.
They look sweet hanging on our wooden tree over our fireplace. Can't wait to get our Christmas tree set up in a few weeks and see how they look on that.
- white felt (we used acrylic felt)
- fabric (red gingham)
- heavy duty fusible interfacing
- white buttons
- red/white bakers twine
1. Print out a 5 pointed star or trace a star that is the size you want. We used a star that measured 2 1/2 inches from top to bottom. Trace the star onto fusible interfacing and cut out leaving 1/4 inch clearance.
2. Iron the fusible interfacing onto the wrong side of your fabric, and cut out the star. (The fusible interfacing adds stiffness to the star. You could also use double sided appliqué film but the star will be less stiff).
3. Position the star onto felt and pin in place. Stitch around the outside of the star three times in white thread. Try not to stitch in exactly the same spot so that it gives a sketchy appearance.
4. Cut out the star using pinking shears. Leave 1/4 inch of the felt around the star. Stitch a white button to the centre of the star. Cut a 10 inch length of bakers twine. Thread it onto a needle. Make a hanging loop on the back of the ornament, and tie the ends together.
We are going to pop the gingham stars on our water bottles to add some festive cheer to our Christmas table.
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