On the 12th day of Christmas….

I can hear you singing!

Hi everyone, I’ve been making more patchwork stars to decorate the Christmas tree this year, 12 in total. I decided to try to make a Christmas tree shape out of them just to get you in the mood for Christmas. Once again, we have a dull autumn day here up north so the colours are not as bright as they should be but I’m sure you get the idea.


These stars are very easy to make and they are a great way to use up fabric scraps. They finish at about 4 inches across, not counting the hanger. Here’s how I made them.

1. Cut one and three quarter inch strips from a selection of fabrics.

2. Trim the end at a 60 degree angle. Continue to make further cuts every two inches along the strips at 60 degrees. This makes your diamond shapes.

3. Sew them together in groups of three diamonds to make half stars. Press the seams and then sew the halves together. Press again.

4. Pin the star to a piece of backing fabric which is just bigger than the star, right sides together. Don’t trim the backing fabric yet.

5. Sew together close to the outside edge of the star. Leave two sides open so you can stuff the star.

6. Trim the backing to the same size as the star. Snip the points off (be careful not to snip your stitches) and make a snip at each of the inside corners (don’t snip the seam) to give a nice flat star when it is turned the right way out. I use a blunt pencil to very gently push out the points.

7. Stitch up the side seam. This bit is quite fiddly! Sew a button in the centre and add a ribbon hanger.

Stand back and admire Smile


I’ve also been making up another one of Claire’s free charted cross stitch Christmas decorations which you can see by clicking here. I’ve got a photo of those on my other blog Sewing Beside the Sea if you want to take a look at them.

I’m linking to the Woolhogs Made It Challenge this month. I hope you will also pop across there with me to see all the lovely things everyone has been making this month. As usual, there are some real beauties and, who knows, you might (no I’m sure you will) find lots of new blogs to visit. you might also want to share a link to something you have made this month. Go for it!

There are only 37 crafting days to Christmas folks!

Have fun,

Avis x

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  1. Great share for the up coming holidays. It is beautiful as all your projects always are. Blessings, Mtetar

  2. Magnifique!!!!!

  3. claire93

     /  November 18, 2013

    a whole sky full of Christmasy stars – lovely ^^

  4. ohhh it is very beautiful ! I like it very much ! cath

  5. Cathie

     /  November 18, 2013

    Tes étoiles sont superbes !!!!! Bravo !!

  6. These are so pretty! I’ve been looking for an ornament to give as a gift and this is it! Thanks for the instructions 🙂

  7. Ssssshhhh, stop counting 😉

  8. The days are counting down wa-a-a-a-ay too fast!!!!! Your stars are so sweet and aught to add mightily to your holiday home decor!!!!! Hugs…….

  9. I love your stars and maybe I´ll sew one soon 🙂 It want be hanging in a christmastree ( not gonna have one), but maybe in a window………!!
    Hugs, Gun, Sweden

    • I said I wasn’t going to have a tree last year but I changed my mind at the last minute. This year I’ll definitely be having a tree….where would I put all the ornaments if I didn’t? 🙂

  10. These are great! I love your fabric choices. Very festive. 😀

    • Thank you Mary 🙂 Well it was a great way to use up those little fabric offcuts that otherwise might have been binned…not in this house 😉

  11. I love them!!! this is so creative 🙂 I wish I had more than 24 hrs in my day LOL!!!!

  12. Oh I feel so happy! Thank you Avis xxxxxx

  13. Love your patchwork stars! Unfortunately there are only 4 weeks and 2 days left until Christmas so this is one project I’ll put down for next year!

    • I made the patchwork parts assembly line style in an afternoon and then finished them off one at a time in the evenings. I’m never prepared for Christmas. I don’t know what got into me! Thank you for visiting 🙂 Avis x

  14. I might put these on my to do list

  15. Your stars are beautiful! For me, they are not easy to make … I tried last year and was a dismal failure but am old enough to acknowledge that some things I can do and I should not fret over what I cannot do but admire those who can do it. 🙂

    • Hi Kate,
      Thank you 🙂 Maybe I will do a tutorial for these. I tried a couple of times before I found an easy way. I promise you, everyone will be able to make these. Avis x

  16. hi hi Avis.. I want to let you know that your lovely pacakge has arrived safely to Singapore.. and I will save it to open on Christmas Day.. yay.. thank you so much.. 😀

    • Hi, that’s great news and very quick 🙂 I’m so pleased you are keeping it until Christmas….best wishes to you and your family 😀


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