I have a quick and easy tutorial for you today. I like to place a small gift in the Christmas Cards I give to friends and neighbours and for the last two years I've made the Matchbox Needle Keeps. In an effort to be more creative this year, I made a batch of these Fabric Star Hangers and decided to write up a simple tutorial, so you can make some too:
- pentagon template (click HERE to download)
- scrap cardboard and double sided tape
- assorted 6" fabric squares (2 fabric squares for each star)
- packet of pearl beads or glass seed beads
- ribbon or lace to make hangers
- neutral thread for piecing
- matching thread for securing points and adding beads
- general sewing supplies
And here we go:
Step One: Print your pentagon template and cut around the solid line. Glue the template to a piece of scrap cardboard (or template plastic) to stabalise the template, and then trim away the excess cardboard. Place a couple of pieces of double sided tape on the back of the template which will stick to your fabric to prevent it slipping or moving while you are cutting.
Step Two: Position your template on your chosen fabric and cut around all sides. Cut two pentagons for each star hanger.
Step Three: With right sides together, sew around each of the five sides of the pentagon, 1/4" from the raw edge and leaving a 1 1/2" opening on one side for turning.
Step Four: For a nice crisp point, clip each of the corners as close to the sewn line as possible.Turn your pentagon to the right side, through the opening and push out each corner.
Step Five: Fold in the seam allowance of the opening and press the pentagon well. Sew a scant 1/8" around the sides of the pentagon, which will secure the opening.
And that's it! A cute and quick project that spreads a little Christmas cheer to its lucky recipient.
I hope you enjoy making your own Fabric Star Hangers. Make sure you keep a couple for yourself though, to add to your own Christmas tree. Handmade ornaments are treasures and our tree is full of them; each with their own little story. I wouldn't have it any other way ♥