Monday, November 5, 2012

Creating Puffed Star Ornaments, Tutorial

I've been having some fun creating puffed fabric star ornaments and thought I would share the process with you today.
These ornaments are easy to create and customize for someone special using words or messages you create on your computer or write out on small fun shape card stock. To start we will gather our supplies consisting of a non ravel fabric like felt or fleece, some blanket type material works well too. Scissors, pinking shears if you desire that edge style, thicker threads like vintage candlewick thread which I used or embroidery thread, jute string, burlap or other wire ribbon, embellishments like vintage jewels, buttons etc. Sharpie pen, hot glue gun and cotton batting and fancy cut scissors to cut out words or phrases from card stock, also optional.
Next we will need a star pattern. I used a star I already had on hand and made a cardboard template to trace around on the fabric before cutting. My star measures about 5" across point to point.
Trace around the star with a light touch pencil using fabric doubled to cut both sides at the same time. Cutting with straight edge scissors or pinking shears at this step is whatever you choose.
After cutting out the star, pin pieces together to keep the fabrics from moving while stitching. Using a running stitch sew all along the edge about 1/4" in leaving the last point open for stuffing with cotton batting. You can certainly do this on a sewing machine, but I find it easier at the closing to do by hand and it's a fun project to set and do while watching TV or listening to music.
Next, stuff the star and stitch the opening closed from where you left off.
Now we are ready to gather our ribbon trims adding a thread at top or jute for a display hanger. You can see I also added to this sample some burlap ribbon to the center and stitched in place.
At this point you can embellish the center with all sorts of treasures, vintage and new. Adding an inspiring word or phrase gives the ornament a little special extra and can be personalized for a gift or theme. Here are a few I've completed.
You can see I used detailed scissors around the word and then did some shading with paint and added line details with a sharpie pen. All optional additions. Glue in place the words and either hand sew your little embellishment or glue if you can to keep in place. Some items that dangle look better then stiff in place pieces. Here are a few ideas I have created and most are spoken for already, but I will have more on the way to my shoppe shortly.
Aren't they fun and look so pretty on the Christmas tree or tied on a package and can be enjoyed year round. Think of other possibilities like heart shapes, wreaths, bunnies, shamrocks and so on. I am sure you can come up with many ideas. Before I clean up my messy work table~~
I have a quick tip for old pins and jewel pieces you might find to create with etc. Some pieces are missing gems, beads and other embellishments. If you want to fill in the empty spot, just add a little glitter glue in varied colors. Let dry, add more if necessary and the little find can be used looking complete. Not perfect, just nothing missing.

Before~
After~adding glitter glue!!
Thank you for stopping by today, hope you try the star ornament. Have fun!

Blessings, Celestina Marie

25 comments:

Dorthe said...

They are so beautiful, dear Celetina Marie, I so love the rough with the glitter and gems and bling, just wonderful.
And I ,too use the glitterglue :-)
Thankyou for your sweet tutorial to us, you are so kind.
Hugs Dorthe

Old Time Cindy said...

Thanks for sharing! I enjoy making stars (and hearts) so this gives me another style to craft.

Sherry "Edie" & Marie Antionette said...

Hi Celeste!

The star ornaments are adorable!! (but now I have another project on my list... hmmm) It keeps growing! The glitter in the missing jewel spot is genius of course. Never thought or that. It really makes it blend in. I'll certainly use this idea.

Our "baby boy" Russ turned 31 yesterday and we had a nice birthday dinner for him. It was a nice time.

Love & hugs, Sherry

Susan said...

Celestina, your little stars are so cute. What a great idea to use up your scrap felt pieces! I will definitely try to make some of these cute little stars.

Eileen said...

Again, another beautiful project shared by you. You have some wonderful ideas for the star ornaments. I used to make felt hearts for Valentines Day. Using ribbon,fabric paint and add ons. Yours are very feminine and pretty to look at all year round. Thank you for sharing yet another lovely Celeste craft.!

Ruth Welter said...

Hi Celeste, these ornaments are amazing...great job with them. You constantly amaze me, you always have your hand in some creative endeavor that blows me away. Great work my friend.

ruth

Donna said...

What a great idea! I love all of the different textures and embellishments you've added. What fun and thoughtful gifts!! Thanks for the inspiration:)

Willow said...

They are so adorable. Thanks for sharing how you did it.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

The stars are adorable. Love the owl! You are so creative. Thanks for sharing.

Brenda said...

Your stars are STUNNING! What an awesome idea. They all make very lovely gifts that anyone would love. I especially love the one with the Owl. Thanks for sharing!
Hugs,
Brenda
Down Memory La La Lane

The Comfort of a Safe Place said...

These are sooo pretty, Celeste!! Love 'em!

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

These are so beautiful! Thank you for sharing and showing!

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

These are so beautiful! Thank you for sharing and showing!

Kelly_Deal said...

Gorgeous ornaments! Thanks for sharing your tutorial!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Those are soo cute, Yes,I can see them on packages, I think the hand stitching around the edge really adds a nice touch! Can't wait for my gift to arrive, I am not sure I will even put up any Christmas decor this year, I will have to see how much energy I have left after the wedding...At lease I will know that I will have one Christmas decoration out! Thank you!

Carol

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love these stars! What a wonderful idea and each one can be decorated to look different! Thanks for sharing your ideas! Hugs!

Createology said...

Your stars are beautiful. Very sweet of you to share your technique. Blessings...

Art and Sand said...

I love your puff star ornaments. With Thanksgiving break coming up, I might just be able to make some.

Chenille Cottage said...

What sweet and thoughtful treasures! You have taken ordinary objects and made them extraordinary.
What a great restoration tip!
Thank you for the inspiration, Celeste.
Blessings and friendship,
Carolynn xo

Ingeborg van Zuiden said...

Dear Celestina Marie,
You are a star of the stars! Wow, so pretty and inspiring they all are! It must have been so much fun creating them. They are so 'you'! You are such a busy bee, pffff....... it bubbles and flows day in day out over there in your studio LOL, like you've added too much soap in the bathtub. It keeps coming and coming. You truly have hit the creative hammer, wow! Enjoy!!!
Hugs,
Ingeborg

Ingeborg van Zuiden said...

PS......... your blog looks so pretty! Love the new layout!! :-)
hugs and enjoy today,
Ingeborg

1CardCreator said...

These are gorgeous, I am sure your tree is exquisite! I love your idea for filling in the missing jewels too! Sorry I fell behind in visiting, some days just do not have enough hours!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Celestina Marie,

Love the sweet stars you have made and thanks for kindly sharing the tutorial. Will have to get busy with making some Christmas decorations.

Hugs
Carolyn

Kerri said...

Oh your ornaments are so shabby sweet!! You could decorate them so many ways. Thanks for the ideas!!!

xoxo
Kerri

tina said...

great tutorial!