Between Memorial Day and the end of summer, there are several holidays to honor your patriotism and love of country. These stars, made in a variety of farmhouse fabrics, are a beautiful way to celebrate the season!
These stars are also an easy project that doesn’t require a sewing machine! If you can handle a needle and thread, they’re simple to make–even for kiddos.
Today, I’m sharing the full step-by-step tutorial–as well as the printable pattern–to craft up these cuties. Be sure to pin this post so you can find it again later!
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Once you’ve downloaded the printable pattern, you can use it to make these stars in several different sizes. I’ve already included the templates for stars ranging from 2″ to 6″, but you can adjust it for an even bigger range to suit your liking.
These are perfect to use as tucks for your shelves and tiered trays, but also great as bowl fillers, too!
You can use stars to decorate for every patriotic holiday, and they’re also perfect for Christmastime. Or, if you like Americana decor, leave them up year-round!
If you’re new to fabric crafts, or don’t use a sewing machine, that’s no problem because this project was designed to be hand-sewn.
I use this stitch in a lot of the DIY fabric crafts I share because it’s not only easy to do, but creates the perfect farmhouse chic look for your projects!
Once you have it down, you can try it out with these other projects:
HOW TO MAKE FARMHOUSE FABRIC STARS
- Fabric of your choice (this is a great one)
- Embroidery floss
(For most projects, I prefer floss that’s the same color as my fabric)
- Embroidery needle (This is different from a regular sewing needle because it has a longer eye for threading larger materials)
- Star Template (free printable star pattern you can download here)
- Laminator (optional, but I highly encourage it)
1. Gather all of your supplies. Two notes that I think are important…
First, you can use any type of fabric you like for these stars. I was intentionally going for a farmhouse look when I made mine, so I used red ticking, neutral grain sack, and denim (I cut up an old pair of worn out jeans!).
You can also use any color of embroidery floss for the stitching. Typically, I like to use floss that’s the same color as my fabric, but when I made the denim star, I chose an oatmeal color because I wanted the stitching to stand out. The choice is yours!
Second, although it’s not required, I always laminate my patterns before I cut them out. Here’s why.
Even if you print your templates out on heavy cardstock, the patterns are still going to be prone to creasing and tearing. By laminating the entire sheet before you cut out the pattern, you add extra strength so that you can reuse these printable patterns over and over again.
I have a folder in my craft room where I stash all my patterns so that I can easily find them again for future projects.
The other benefit of laminating your printable patterns is that when you use them to trace designs, you won’t have to worry about getting pencil or pen marks onto your template. Those marks will just wipe right off when they’re laminated!
This is the exact laminator I own, and we use it ALL the time. I know there are much more expensive models out there, but this one is super affordable and very reliable. I’m a thrifty kind of gal. Why spend more for no reason?!
We’ve had our laminator for seven years without a single problem, and it even comes with a starter pack of 50 laminating sheets to get you going. You would be shocked how useful it is once you own one–you’ll find so many things to laminate in no time!
Okay, now back to crafting our stars!
2. Cut two identical stars from your fabric using your preferred pattern size.
You can choose to keep the tips of the stars pointed (like I did), or you can round them off. If you keep the point, they are likely to roll a little bit, however I like that primitive look for these stars.
My fabric is printed exactly the same on both sides, so there is no “right side”. However, if your fabric is only printed on one side, just know that you’ll need to put the “wrong” sides together. Since the blanket stitch is a completed on the top of the fabric, you won’t have to turn the piece right-side-out at the end.
Tip: If you’re using ticking stripe, like I did, make sure to line up your stripes to be in the same place on both stars.
3. With the blanket stitch, you can begin stitching anywhere. However, I recommend starting from an inside corner of the star so that you have a clean look.
Use my blanket stitch tutorial if this is a new technique for you.
4. Continue sewing all the way around the star until you come close to the end. Make sure to pause so that you can stuff your star.
Using small pinches of poly-fil, stuff your star. Begin with each of the five points, since they’re the hardest to stuff. You might find it helpful to push the stuffing into the tips with a pencil or knitting needle–but don’t push too hard and break through your fabric!
5. After your star is stuffed to your liking, sew up the final little bit.
These stars look adorable in so many patriotic and farmhouse vignettes. Whether you use them as tucks in your shelves or tiered trays, or as bowl filler, they’re sure to make you smile!