How To Sew: Rustic Christmas Star Hanging Decoration


We may be creeping ever closer to Christmas, but it’s never too late to add a little more festive cheer to your home. As much as we love our trees, lights and tinsel though, sometimes you want to sew something you can appreciate all year round. So we’ve put ourselves a cute, simple, neutral home decoration together that looks great no matter when you hang it up. These rustic scrap-busting stars are a great addition to your decorating, and are very versatile to boot! While we love the homey naturals in this tutorial, you can make yours as fabulous and festive as you like.

Getting ready


  • Fabrics – we’re using a plain and a patterned, and a fat quarter of each is enough for our star. Up the quantity if you want bigger and switch out neutrals for colour if you want brighter
  • Diamond card template
  • String, twine or ribbon for hanging
  • Stuffing – poly stuffing or wool stuffing work perfectly
  • Medium stiffness iron-on interfacing
  • Any additional decorations
Firstly, you’ll want to make yourself a diamond template. If you’re a quilter you might already have a star-hexie template ready to go. If you don’t, you need to make sure that the top and bottom points of your diamond are at a 60 degree angle, otherwise your pieces won’t all meet along the edges – and you won’t be able to sew your star together!  As long as the angle is correct, you can make the diamond as large or small as you like. We’re using diamonds that are four inches from the top point to bottom point.
Once you have your template ready to go, you need to cut all your pieces – if you’re working to our two fabric colour scheme, you will want six diamonds from each fabric, (remembering to include your 1/4″ seam allowance when cutting around your template) and 12 from your interfacing. Iron your interfacing diamonds onto the wrong sides of your fabric pieces.


Once your fabrics have had the interfacing added, you can begin piecing your star together. It’s easiest to do this by creating half of a star at a time, and then sewing them together through the middle. Group your diamond pieces into threes to create each half – one half of each side will go patternplainpattern, and the other will go plainpatternplain.

Place one of the outer diamonds on top of the middle diamond, right sides facing. Sew with a short straight stitch from corner to corner of one of the edges. Fold the top diamond out, place the second outer diamond in the same way, and sew in the same manner along the other lower edge. Fold out the second out diamond, and you should have one long flat edge at the bottom edge and three star points along the top.

Repeat this process until you have all four half-star pieces sewn together. Open up the seams on the back of the half-star, and press them flat. Trim the excess fabric in the middle, where the three diamond points meet, so that it doesn’t extend over the long bottom edge. Tie off your stitch ends and trim the threads.

Sewing up the Star

Once you have your half-stars prepared, match them up together: one plainpatternplain half with one patternplainpattern half. Place the two halves together right sides facing, and pin along the long straight edge at the bottom. Sew along this edge with a short straight stitch, then unfold your completed star to open and press the seam.

Finish your second star in the same way, then place your two complete stars together, right sides facing. Make sure your patterned and plain sections are correctly aligned before you start sewing! Once you’re certain the plains and patterns are in the right place, pin around the edges. Starting from the tip of one of the points, sew all the way around the outside for 11 edges – leave the final edge open so you can turn your piece right sides out and stuff it.

Pull the star inside out through the opening you’ve left – you may need a blunt implement like a chopstick or pencil to help get the fabric through the opening, and poke out the points of the star. Once your right sides are on the outside and your points have been poked out, you may want to press the star flat for a neater decoration. We’ve left the creases and crumples in here, for a slightly homier look.

Stuffing and finishing

Once the shell of your star is complete, take your stuffing of choice and begin to fill it up. Add your stuffing a small section at a time, pushing it through the hole you left in the seam and then poking it into place with your chopstick or pencil. Make sure to squash your stuffing in tightly for a nice plump star – massage the stuffing around from the outside to even it out in lumpy areas. Once your star is full to the brim of stuffing, hand sew the hole you left in the edge with a basic slip stitch. Once the opening is sewn shut, you can add decorations to your taste – we added a crocheted lace trim around the middle of the star, with a wooden button in the center and a scrap-fabric trim.

To hang, make a loop of twine, ribbon or string and hand stitch a section of it to the the top point of your star. Now you just have to find somewhere to hang it! We’d love to see your finished projects on our Facebook page or Twitter account. Try hanging a whole variety of sizes for a stunning statement display, or make a host of tiny versions for the tree.

Christmas Already


Can you believe it’s December already?

Have you started getting ready for the festive season?


Christmas Bow

As a country we seem to have some secret guideline to only set up our Christmas decorations 12 days before Christmas, but this never stops me!! I start thinking of my decoration ideas in September/October, visiting gardening centres and flicking craft books for inspiration. So, by the time December comes I have already lined up my Christmas DVD & album collection, and lifted down the decorations from the loft ready to unpack and add this year’s new pieces to.

A beautiful and simple decoration to effectively add to any part of the house, tree, and wreath is a bow!! Whether made from tinsel, fabric, paper or ribbon you can be as creative as you like and it has a perfect and beautiful way of complimenting any room or item!!



  • Determine the size of the bow you wish to make and cut a strip of fabric of your choice (If you want to make a bow with more than one loop on each side make sure you give yourself more fabric) Remember to add a 1cm seam allowance all around.
  • Fold the main piece in half, width ways, with the right sides facing each other.
  • Pin in place to secure, use a ruler to mark a 45 degree line along each end and cut.
  • Use your sewing machine to sew down the edges and the long length (one should be on the fold) but leave a small turning gap in the centre of the long edge.
  • Cut down as much of the excess fabric as you can, especially at the tip of the point.
  • Turn the fabric through to the right side and press.
  • Close the turning gap with a slip stich, (if you want to add stitching detail you can top stitch with your choice of coloured thread – it’s best to get as close to the edge as possible).
  • In your choice of matching fabric, or contrasting, cut out the centre piece (on average between 8 cm -20cm depending on your bow size).
  • Fold the centre piece in half, right sides together, pin in place and stitch a 0.5cm seam down the longer edge.
  • Turn through to right side and twist so that the long seam is in the centre of one side, and hidden.
  • Turn in either side by 0.5cm, or if easier 1cm, and slipstitch to neaten ends. Press.
  • On a flat surface lay the longer main piece of fabric flat and find the centre.
  • Fold both ends behind the centre and get the loop widths correct, when you’re happy pin all the layers together and tack together.

  • Place the centre piece over the fold and wrap around, make sure the seamed side is hidden, and stitch in place to secure (slipstitch or turn the stitch into part of the detail).







Christmas Cards – Nifty Needlework


Do you just send out Christmas cards as routine these days, and become tired with writing out the same message to the same people and even receiving the same cards?

Well why not make your Christmas cards fun this year and turn it into a crafty little project. There are many ways to do this from embellishing the cards you received last year to creating some fun new ones of your own; give your friends and family Christmas Cards with a unique home-made, personal touch.

Here’s an idea to start and see where things lead: All you need to do this is your sewing machine, thread, fabric and chosen card:

  1. Trace or draw your image onto a piece of plain paper or tracing paper, depending what you find most effective, and make sure the lines are bold. (You can always draw it directly on the fabric if you have tailors chalk etc.).
  2. Secure a piece of fabric over the paper design using a dab of glue or pin (this must be big enough to cover the feature part your card).
  3. Slowly use your sewing machine to sew over these lines with your choice of coloured thread, and stitch the pattern. (Long stitches are good to enable the paper to be removed easily).
  4. When you are happy with your final design finish off the stitching with a back-stitch and cut the fabric loose. For greater impact you could always do a second layer of stitching or colour.
  5. Remove the paper – I always find it effective to wet the paper with a damp sponge before tearing away in small sections, being sensitive under the stitching so it doesn’t snag.
  6. Sprinkle with glitter or sew in additional beads and embellishments.
  7. Attach your fabric to the inner of your card, right side facing out. Stitching around the edge of the fabric to secure it to the card can look so effective and finish nicely.

An alternative method to use to create a crafty Christmas card based on the above is by sewing naked, and by this we mean losing the thread, not the clothes!!

  1. Trace or draw your image onto a plain piece of paper, making sure the lines are bold.
  2. Secure a piece of card or thick coloured paper over the design (check it’s the right size for your card, and we recommend a dark colour shows the needle holes better than light card).
  3. Remove the top thread and bobbin and slowly machine stitch over the design.
  4. Make sure the needle only goes down over the lines you want to become visible as this is what will directly create your design, once your happy you have covered all areas remove the card and paper.
  5. Add any additional glamour (glitter, beads, sequins etc).
  6. You could glue a bright or contrasting coloured piece of card/paper directly behind your design so the holes created by the needle firmly stand out.
  7. Once you are happy it is complete, insert it inside the card and secure with glue.

Experiment with different cards, designs, fabrics, and even different layering…enjoy being creative!!