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How to Make Scandinavian Star Ornaments

How to Make Scandinavian Star Ornaments

I’m having so much fun making these sweet quilt-work looking Scandinavian Stars.

I love anything  homespun or handmade,  so when I saw these online, I knew I needed to sit and make a batch.

I used a few cute fabrics I found at Wal-Mart, but you could use fabric you already have. You need four coordinating fabrics per star. (Wouldn’t vintage fabrics be ah-dorable?)

You cut four 12″X3.5″ inch pieces of cotton shirting or calico, iron, fold, iron again. Voila!

The original instructions are here in Swedish, adapted here, and here on YouTube. The video was invaluable to me as it took me about three tries to get the hang of it. They took about 15 minutes each to make until I got the hang of it, then they went much faster. Also, I did sew a running stitch around the perimeter of the base square of the ornament to hold the whole thing together, though you don’t have to do this step and it wasn’t required in the original tutorial. I just wanted to make them a little more durable.

I learned that the fabric should all be the same weight. In a few, I used calico and denim and the denim was a tiny bit bulkier than the calico and it seemed to bunch up oddly when folded. Live and learn.

My next batch will be sentimental, made with some of my kids old clothes. Ahh!!

Here are a few I made. I’m planning  to make a Christmas garland for over my kitchen sink by attaching the stars  to white or red rick-rack.

They’d be cute to attach to a Christmas present wrapped in brown paper and twine.


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