☞ Coloured or patterned card or paper-I chose metallics.
☞ A star template (I used a cookie cutter!)
☞ A pencil.
☞ A sharp craft knife or scissors.
☞ A sewing machine well stocked with thread (don't forget your bobbin!) I used white and grey.
☞ String to bind them together or a board to wrap them around as you sew (stops them tangling).
Draw out your stars on your card a block at a time and cut them out. Keep in mind to draw them relatively close together to save on wastage.
Cut out your stars and put them all in one place (I used a freezer bag). This is the bit that takes the time so do this whilst you're in front of the telly or relaxing.
Get set up in front of your sewing machine and set it to a basic running stitch. Leave a couple of inches of thread before stitching vertically through each star, leaving an inch or two of a gap between each one (once I had a regular speed going I found it helpful to count a few seconds between adding the next one in). Having a pile of them at grabbing distance also helps to ensure you maintain a decent speed.
|Ok, so I didn't use this one, but it's so beautiful!|
If you're worried about your stars tangling, attach the start of the thread to a thick piece of card and wind them on as you go. Alternatively, once you've reached the desired length, cut off the end and fold each star back-to-back until they create one bundle and tie them closed with string. If you're hanging them en-masse as a backdrop, leave the starting thread at the top ready to attach to your pole/wall. When they're all lined up as you want them, untie the string and they'll magically unfold tangle free!
|All wrapped up!|
Hang those beauties with pride!
Images © Tiffany Grant-Riley