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.

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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

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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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