Saturday, December 3, 2011

Holiday Stars Garland Tutorial

As I was decorating the house this year I decided I needed a little something for the mantle.  I pulled out my bag of Christmas scraps and made this star garland.  It's super easy and quick so I thought I'd share.  In fact, it's so easy that after the first star I used my available child labor to create the remaining 12 stars.  Fun for the whole family: )

You will need:

Assorted holiday fabrics ~ 8" square
Sashiko thread or ribbon for hanging
This template or draw your own star
Optional: Quilter's Freezer Paper Sheets

You can use any method you choose to copy the stars to your fabric but I was feeling lazy so I printed my template directly on to Quilter's Freezer Paper sheets.  To make the smaller stars I reduced the print size by 10%.  Roughly cut out your freezer paper template so you can see the fabric underneath.  Layer your fabrics right-sides together and iron the template to the wrong-side of the front fabric.

Reduce your stitch length to 1.5 and sew on the line around your star leaving a hole for turning. 

Trim roughly 1/4" from sewn line and remove the freezer paper.  Clip the valleys of the star.

Turn using a chopstick to push out the points.  Stuff using your favorite fiberfill.

Whip stitch the opening closed with matching thread.  Keep making stars until you have enough to decorate your space. 

String stars together by sewing through one of the points.  I only tied knots at the ends so I could slide the stars around and adjust the spacing.  Hang your garland or use it to decorate your tree.

Happy Holidays!


  1. Alice! I love this so much! Thanks for the tutorial!

  2. Very cute! I love that it is seasonally appropriate without screaming Christmas. Would look cute in linen too as sea stars.

  3. Clever woman! Thanks for the inspiration.


  4. Hey Alice! I hope you can reply to this comment. :) I love this tutorial and am intending to modify slightly and use for Hanukkah decorations next year!!