To make one 8-inch, one 10 1/2-inch and one 13-inch Felt Star Pendant or just one 18-inch Felt Star Pendant:
- 4 18-inch squares of 100% Wool Felt, color: Ecru
- 2 hanks of Silver Metallic DMC Embroidery Floss
- 100% Cotton Thread to match the felt, I used Gutermann 1040
- You will also need some pins and a pencil
This star can be made in 4 sizes: Small (8-inches across), Medium (10 2/2-inches across), Large (13-inches across), and X-Large (18-inches across). Cut the felt according to the size you want to make:
- Small: Cut two 6-inch squares and two 5 1/2-inch squares.
- Medium: Cut two 8-inch squares and two 7 1/2-inch squares.
- Large: Cut two 10-inch squares and two 9 1/4-inch squares.
- X-Large: Cut two 14-inch squares and two 13-inch squares.
Place the smaller of your two pairs of squares to the side for now.
Using a pencil, on one of the larger squares of felt, mark a dot half way from the middle of each edge to the center of the square.
If you are making the Small Star this would be 1 1/2-inches from the middle of each edge, for the Medium it would be 2-inches, for the Large it would be 2 1/2-inches and for the X-Large Star, it would be 3 1/2-inches.
Repeat for the second of the larger squares.
Folding and Pinning
Fold and pin the marked squares in half so that their marked marked sides are facing out.
Using the cotton thread, sew along the folded edge with a whip stitch, from pencil mark to pencil mark. This will create a ridge. Repeat for the second square.
Fold the two larger squares in half again, this time in the opposite direction, perpendicular to the previously sewn ridge.
Once again, using the cotton thread, sew along the folded edge of each square with a whip stitch, from pencil mark to pencil mark. This will create a second ridge.
Flip the squares over so that the ridges you just created are facing down. Fold the squares in half diagonally, aligning the corners, finger press the fold and pin.
Using 3 of the 6 plys of the the metallic embroidery floss, sew along the folded edge using a whip stitch. Start approximately 1/4-inch from the point and stop approximately 1/4-inch from the opposite point.
Fold the squares in the oposite diagonal direction, finger press the fold and pin. Once again, using the metallic embroidery floss, sew along the fold with a whip stitch. Start 1/4-inch from one end of the fold and stop 1/4-inch shy of the other end. These are the Front Star Pieces
Cutting The Star Shapes
Flip the felt over so the marked side is facing up. Cut the felt from each pencil mark to the adjacent corners.
Now, on the pair of smaller squares, use a pencil to draw a line down the center of both squares in both directions.
Make a mark 1 3/4-inches for the Small, 2 1/2-inches for the Medium, 3-inches for the Large and 4 1/2-inches for the X-Large, from each edge along the drawn centerlines.
Cut the felt from each pencil mark to the adjacent corners. These are the Back Star Pieces.
Align the corners and pin one of the Back Star Pieces to the a Front Star Piece at all four corners. Repeat for the other set of Back and Front pieces.
Using 1 strand of the metallic thread and starting in a corner, sew along all 8 sizes of one of these pinned together pieces with a whip stitch thus sewing the back piece to the front piece. Do this with Front Star Piece facing you.
Repeat for the other pinned together set of Back and Front pieces.
Orient the two sewn pieces togehter with flat sides facing one another, so that all eight points of the two pieces are evenly spaced at 45-degree angles from one another. Using the cotton thread, take a few stitches at each of the 8 corners to sew the two pieces together.
If you’d like to hang your Felt Star, using the cotton thread, metallic thread or invisible thread and a needle, pull a strand through one of the points of your star. Cut and tie it off at your desired length to hang your star on a tree or in a doorway or over your dinner table!
Or, to use this Star as a tree topper, simply leave the Star without a string and place it on top of your tree, gently slidding the top branch between two of the sewn points conntecting the two star halves.
To make an assortment of 1 1/2-inch and 2 1/2-inch ball ornaments. You can make 6 large ornaments, or 12 small ornaments, or an assortment of 4 small and 3 large ornaments:
- 1 18-inch square of 100% wool felt in ecru
- Silver Metallic DMC Embroidery Floss
- 100% cotton thread in color 1140
- A Snow Ball Ornament template available for free download here, printed and cut out.
The small and large ornaments are made in the exact same manner.
Cut eight small or large templates neatly from the ecru felt.
Press each of the cut circles in half, making a neat crease down their centers.
Start with two of the folded pieces with their folded sides facing one another.
Thread a 24-inch length of the cotton thread and tie a knot at the end. Starting at the outside of the top of the fold of one of your circular pieces pull the needle through to the inside of the fold. This will insure that the knot is on the inside of the ornament.
Then begin sewing the two pieces together along their crease lines with a small running stitch. The center meridian in the picture above, where the two folded edges meet, will be referred to as the center channel from here on out.
Make sure your needle is entering and exiting exactly on the fold mark of both pieces.
Sew across the entire fold mark. Do not cut your thread or tie a knot at the end.
Next fold the sew pieces closed and place two more pieces on top of them, opposite from one another with their creased center markings each lined up with the center channel.
Sew these two new pieces together along their center fold lines in the same manner. Try to sew through the center channel not catching the folded edges of the first two pieces. (If you catch a little of the edges it’s no big deal.)
Sew to the end of the folded creases but do not cut your thread.
Arrange the ornament with all the circles folded closed with two folded circles on each side and the center channel in the center. Place two more circles opposite one another with their creases lining up with the center channel.
Sew these two pieces together through the center channel.
Repeat this process for the final two creased circles, sewing them on opposite to one another through the center channel.
Fluff out your 16-petaled snow ball like so.
Cut an 18-inch length of the silver embroidery thread and separate it into two pieces of three strands each. Thread an embroidery needle with one of these pieces and tie a knot on the end. (You can use the left over piece for the next ornament.)
Insert your needle into the center channel in-between two of the piece’s folds.
Pull the needle through to the top of the ornament thus hiding the knot in the center channel as shown above. You’ll still be able to see the knot a little but it won’t be noticeable once the ornament is done.
Sew a stitch along the top of one of the the center creases into the opposite center crease
Repeat this all the way around the top of your ornament, stitching across the top from one center crease to each opposite center crease.
Once you’ve gone all the way around pull your needle through the top silver stitches to create a 1 1/2-inch long loop.
Twist your working thread tightly around the bottom of the loop five times and then tie it in a small knot at the bottom of the twists.
Pull your needle through the very top of one of the creased circles and snip it off thus hiding the end.
Unfold all of the petals and arrange them so they are all relatively even and you’re all done!