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Christmas Star Decoration Project

Patchwork star hanging decoration tutorial

This Christmas star decoration project is written by Helen Rhiannon  from All Sewn Up Wales and sponsored by Hantex.

This beginner friendly Christmas star decoration project is so sew simple!! The lovely thing about it is that you can use a range of fabrics and only be using small amounts at any one time.  Buttons and other trims will really make these individual and you can make more than one and hang them from each other or hang them on your tree. 

They are perfect for decorating your home in time for Christmas!

For a pdf of these instructions that you can print Click here

What you need

I used four different fabrics for the star decoration so four fat quarters in total, but scraps can be used also as the pieces are so small.

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Fabric –  4 Fat Quarters if using four different fabrics or use charm packs.

I used Christmas fabrics kindly provided by Hantex.

Christmas printed tape or ribbon
Selection of buttons
Fabric Scissors
Matching thread
Sewing Machine – Straight stitch length 2.5
Christmas Star Templates– Will open as a pdf, please print A4

Stage 1 – Cutting out your star decoration.

Lay fabric out with any patterns facing up.  Lay your pattern pieces onto the fabric as instructed.  To save time when cutting the diamond pattern pieces, lay a few fabrics on top of each other and pin the pattern piece through each layer.  Cutting out will be much quicker for you doing this!

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Stage 2 –  Preparing your pattern pieces.  


Iron your fabric pieces and lay them out flat on the table in the star shape with the RIGHT side of the fabric facing up.

You will be working on one half at a time, so position your first half ready as shown in the photo.

How to make a patchwork star

Stage 3 – Sewing the diamond pattern pieces together.

With your bottom half laid out as shown in the photos, take the diamond on the right (Red Holly) and place it face down on top of the middle diamond (Green Stars).  The WRONG side will be facing up at you.

Pin the top right hand edge of the diamonds together and sew a 1cm seam right from edge to edge.  Press the seam open and place back in position as shown in the photos.

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Pin the top left hand edge of the diamonds together and sew a 1cm seam right from edge to edge.  Press the seam open and place back in position as shown in the photos.Now take the diamond on the left (Red Snowmen) and place it face down on top of the middle diamond (Green Stars).  The WRONG side will be facing up at you.

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If you are accurate when sewing, your seams should cross in the centre 1cm from the seam edge but don’t worry if they don’t!  Repeat STEP 3 for the other half of the star.

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Stage 4 – Stitching the two halves of the star together.

Place the right sides together of both halves and pin together along the straight seam edge.

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Sew a 1cm seam allowance from edge to edge.  Again, if you are accurate, the seams will all match up perfectly on the front but a button will hide the centre so no need to worry!

Press the star nice and flat with the RIGHT sides facing up.

How to sew a fabric star for your Christmas tree

Stage 5 – Stitching the front to the back.

Cut your Christmas tape or piece of ribbon and fold it in half so the raw edges are together. 

Place onto one of the points of the star.  Pin in place in the centre of the point.

Useful tip – Wave a clean flame quickly along the ends of tape or ribbon to seal them and they won’t fray.

Next step is to lay the back piece on top of the front piece with the RIGHT sides together.  Pin around the egdes.  However accurate you are sewing the front, the edges will never quite match up when placing the back on so you can trim the edges to fit if necessary.

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Remember to leave a gap on the straight edges to turn the star through.  Make sure to sew each point and leave the gap on a straight section.

Mark where the edges of the tape are with pins and make sure to square across the tape in a straight line (see next photo on green diamond) rather than sew to a point as the finish will be neater. Sew a 1cm seam allowance all the way around.

Cut away excess fabric on the points.  Using the tip of your scissors, snip into the seam allowance at the corners, right up to the stitching but be careful not to cut the stitching!  Leave a 2mm gap.

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Stage 6 – Turning your Christmas star decoration the right way around.  

Now turn the star the right way around through the gap and poke to points out with a pair of scissors or even a knitting needle.

Now for the fun bit!  Stuff your star with wadding to be as full as you like!

how to sew a hanging Christmas star decoation

Hand stitch the gap up and then continue to hand stitch your button on in the middle.  If you sew through all of the layers and pull tight, the padded star really takes a lovely shape.

Stage 7 – Finishing your Christmas star decoration. 

I chose to add a decorative bow at the top also.  I handstitched it on with another button as a decorative feature.

So, add as many buttons and trims as you like to make them as festive and as fantastic as you can!

Christmas star decoration

Please let me know how you get on making your Christmas star decoration and if you have any questions, then please just get in touch!

Do share pictures on my facebook fanpage as I love to see what everyone makes.

Thanks and Happy Christmas! Helen@AllSewnUp     

Why not make Helen’s fabric Christmas tree to go with your star? 

Hanging patchwork star sewing project