The Christmas countdown has begun! This is the last of five holiday-themed tutorials this week to add to that festive feeling.
Are you ready to make some ornaments? Both of these stars are quick and fun, not to mention addicting! The fun stripes and bold designs of Maria Kalinowski's Holiday Cheer collection are perfect for these ornaments.
We used the four prints on the right for the folded star ornament, and the stripe on the left for our jumbo star ornament.
You can find the tutorial for the folded star ornament on Betz White's Crafting a Rainbow blog. We'll get you started, though! Cut four 3-1/4" x 12" strips and fold them in half lengthwise, right sides together. Unfold, and then fold the long raw edges in again to create a strip that is like a double-fold binding. Then head to Betz's blog to see how to fold!
These stars are so cute!
Hint: Press often!
To make the jumbo star ornament, you'll need 1/2 yard of the stripe (includes backing) and one 12" square each of black solid and batting.
Download and print our diamond template here. Cut it out.
Cut two 3" x 42" strips with the stripe running the short way and one 12" square for backing.
Lay the template on the strip and cut a total of eight diamond shapes. (If you don't want to piece diamonds together, consider adhering fusible web to the strip before cutting the diamonds and then simply fuse the shapes into a star!)
Sew the diamonds together into pairs, pressing the seams open.
Sew the pairs together to create two half stars.
Join the half stars to make a whole star. Press well.
Layer the 12" backing square right side down and secure the batting and 12" black solid square on top using basting spray. Center the star on top and temporarily secure with basting spray.
Use a blanket or other decorative stitch to secure the star to the quilt sandwich. Stitch 1/4" past the outer star edges using black thread. Stitch 1/4" inside each diamond shape using white thread.
Use a pinking shears or pinked rotary cutter to cut out the star shape 1/4" beyond the black stitched line. Hand sew a loop for hanging.
For a chance to win a bundle of one of our holiday collections, leave a comment below letting us know that you follow us on at least one of our social media platforms (either right here on the blog--options in the right hand sidebar, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest), as well as telling us if you have any handmade ornaments on your tree. We'll randomly pick a winner and announce it next week! Giveaway is open through Monday, December 12th at 11:59 pm EST.
Make sure to catch all of the tutorials on our Deck The Halls Blog Hop!
Tuesday 12/6: Paula Nadelstern
Wednesday 12/7: Debby from Debby Kratovil Quilts
Thursday 12/8: Alison from Little Bunny Quilts
Friday 12/9: Benartex blog design team
p.s. Looking for more holiday inspiration? Click here to check out the tutorials featured in our Christmas in July blog hop.