Fabric Star OrnamentsYou've probably seen folded fabric stars used in many ways throughout the years -- to make potholders and trivets, used as throw pillow covers, for wallhangings and more. We'll use this easy technique to construct Christmas ornaments from Styrofoam balls, but do keep in mind that you can select different fabrics to suit any special holiday or event.
My instructions as only a starting point, because it's easy to customize the ornaments -- see page 6 for a few ideas.
The ornaments require no sewing whatsoever, but you will need a few supplies.
- Styrofoam balls (I used 3" balls)
- Lots of plain, metal-headed dressmaker's straight pins
- Three fabrics (for the starter ornament); choose a light, a medium and a dark (tone-on-tones and small scale patterns work best). Cut (16) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares each from the light and the dark fabric, and (10) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares of the medium.
After making the starter ornament, you'll discover that fabric choices can vary -- you might use only two fabrics or you could opt for more than three.
- About 10" of 1/2" to 3/4" wide ribbon or folded fabric to cover the raw edges where front and back stars meet
- Additional ribbon(s) or fabric(s) to make a bow for the top of the ornament (optional)
- Floral pins (shaped like a U) are handy, but not required
- Glue is helpful, but not required (Elmer's, fabric glue, Styrofoam glue, craft dots).