I love to use patterned fabric and felt together. These felt stars are made using a simple reverse applique technique. This means that a piece of fabric is sewn behind the main fabric to give a motif rather than in traditional applique where a fabric motif is sewn on top of the main fabric (as in the checked stars), and it works brilliantly to bring a splash of colour to the plain felt shape.
These Christmas stars are easy to make and will look great on a tree or as door hangers bringing a touch of Scandinavia to your home this Christmas. They can be made using scraps of felt and fabric that you have lying around and take no time at all to make simply follow the instructions below.
You will need:
- 2 x red felt star shapes - mine measure approx 10 x 10 com
- Scraps of gingham fabric in red or beige
- Cream cotton pearl thread
Cut a small heart shape from the centre of one of the felt stars.
Cut a small piece of gingham fabric and position it behind the heart cut out.
Sew the gingham in to place by using back stitch around the cut out heart.
Pin the felt back to the star and sew around the edges using blanket stitch leaving a small gap to add a small amount of toy filling to give some depth to the star but not too much as it will distort the shape. Sew up the remaining hole.
Make a loop through the top of the star using some of the cotton pearl thread. The fab felt folk art star is now complete and ready to add to my collection!
These stars also look great when made using gingham fabric with a felt heart sewn on the front - perfectly simple Scandinvian inspired decorations for the home this Christmas.