Several of you wondered how I made the woven star ornaments...as in, could I write a tutorial? First let me say that these stars are an old, traditional design, possibly originating in Germany and/or Scandinavia (my research couldn't pinpoint an exact origin...see? They're so old that no one even knows where they came from!). I've seen them referred to as Finnish Stars, Swedish Stars, Scandinavian Stars, or even simply woven stars or window stars. What I'm saying is I didn't make it up - people have been making these (and MANY variations on these) for a long, long time!
Well, I do have a tutorial post in the works for another day, but there are already at least a few great woven star tutorials in blogland. So, how about I share some links with you?
How to Make a Star by Homemade Gifts Made Easy
Finnish Star by A Cherry on Top
Make a Woven Star by House Revivals (if you search Amanda's blog she has posted several variations, too!)
Woven Star Tree Topper by Two Girls Being Crafty (a super-sized version!)
Now, all of these tutorials show you how to make your ornaments with paper. Why don't I at least share how I made mine with fabric!? It's super-easy. You just need two 6.5" squares of fabric (size doesn't have to be exact, but they need to be at least 6") and one 6.5" square of Heat n' Bond or other fusible interfacing. You can use 2 squares of the same fabric (like my star on the right) or 2 different fabrics (like my star on the left).
Fuse your fabrics together with the fusible interfacing to make "2 sided fabric" and trim your square to 6"x 6". Then, use your rotary cutter and ruler to slice the square into twelve 1/2" x 6" strips. Then, just follow the directions in one of the tutorials. I told you this was easy!
Here's a star I made last year using Kate Spain's Flurry fabrics:
The only other thing I should mention is if you use 2 different fabrics, put the fabric that you want on the OUTSIDE of your ornament facing UP during assembly. Oh, and if you change up the length and/or width of your strips you can make your stars any size you want.
This is a really fun project that you can certainly embellish and fancy-up in a million ways. It's quick, too...and sometimes you just need a quick Finnish (haha!), right?
Let me know if you make one - I'd love to see it!