(Orginally published on 11/2/08 NaturesWayLearning.com/WeeFolkActivities.com).
This week we used a broad interpretation of the Unplugged Challenge theme FLAG... and went more Stars and Stripes as inspiration for these Star Ornaments. We had so much fun that even Gammy joined in and made her own. You can visit WeeFolkArt.com for her pattern.
Kids' - Mom's - Gammy's
For the kids' version, I made up a quick star template with rounded corners (here is my pdf). Or large cookie cutters work well for making ornament templates. I cut out two piece of felt at the same time to make sure they completely matched. Then the kids went to town decorating the right sides with glitter glue and sequins.
Once dry, I blanket stitched the edges wrong sides together, leaving about a 1" hole to stuff. The kids stuffed their own stars (I helped get it in the points) and then I finished the blanket stitch and added a loop of embroidery floss for hanging.
For my version, I used the same template to cut out stars from red and white ticking fabric... using an extra 1/2" seam allowance. I placed the pieces right sides together and pinned.
I cut out about a 7" piece of grosgrain ribbon and folded it in half. I slid the loop side down in between the right sides of fabric and pinned it so that about 1/2" of ribbon stuck out the end of one star point. I machine stitched around the whole star leaving a 1" hole to stuff (I back stitched once over the ribbon). I made a snip from the edge of the fabric to the seam in the concave points of the star (so it would lay smooth when flipped). I flipped the star right side out and pushed out the points all the way.
Then the kids and I stuffed the star. Once stuffed, I hand stitched the opening closed.