Twinkle Twinkle: How to make a star hanging
Transform your wall into a starry sky and bring a sense of calm to the Christmas rush with Anna Alicia's stash-busting wall hanging tutorial.
You will need
- Fabric A: 30x30cm (12x12in), for large stars
- Fabric B: 30x30cm (12x12in), for medium stars
- Fabric C: 30x40cm (12x16in), for small stars
- Polyester fibrefill
- Narrow ribbon: 3m (31⁄4yds)
- Cotton cord: 50cm (20in)
- Wooden dowel: 1cm (3⁄8in) diameter x 35cm (14in)
- Matching thread
- Basic sewing kit
- Download our free Free Christmas decorations patterns here
Use a 1cm (3⁄8in) seam allowance throughout.
Step one: Download, print and trace the three star templates and cut them out.
Step two: Fold fabric A in half with right sides (RS) together.
Step three: Draw around the largest star template twice onto the wrong side (WS) of the fabric.
Step four: Pin the two layers of fabric together in the middle of each star and cut out at least 1cm (3⁄8)in outside the drawn lines.
Step five: Repeat this to cut out: Fabric B: two medium stars. Fabric C: three small stars.
Making the stars
Step one: Take one star and, starting at the tip of a point, sew along the edges following your drawn lines, leaving the last edge unsewn for a turning gap.
Step two: Trim the seams and snip the points and inner corners.
Step three: Turn the star RS out then stuff the star lightly.
Step four: Repeat this to make all the stars in the same way.
Attaching the ribbons
Step one: Arrange the stars as you’d like them to hang, with the dowel at the top.
Step two: Measure from the dowel to a star, add 3cm (11⁄4in) to this and cut ribbon to that length.
Step three: Repeat this for all stars.
Step four: Take the first star and tuck its ribbon 1cm (3⁄8in) in at the tip where the opening ends.
Step five: Pin the gap closed and hand sew together, stitching the ribbon securely in place too.
Step six: Repeat this for each star.
Assembling the hanging
Step one: Loop the other end of the ribbon around the dowel 11⁄2 times and hand stitch.
Step two: Repeat this for all the stars, making sure there’s 4cm (15⁄8in) of dowel left at each end.
Step three: Fold the end of the cord by 5mm (1⁄4in) to make a neat edge and hand stitch in place.
Step four: Loop the end around the dowel and hand-stitch to make a loop.
Step five: Repeat with the other end of the cord at the right edge.
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