When I was a child we always made Christmas gifts. There is a lot of glue and paper and mini calendars being attached to decorated card stored in my mind along with decorating the live Christmas tree just before Christmas. As I got older the range of gifts I made expanded, but handmade always played a big part.
I belong to a circle of women. We refer to ourselves as the Wise Women and we’ve been meeting monthly since 2009. Over that time a lot of wisdom has been shared, along with holding space for the ups and downs of the journey of life for each of us. At our Christmas gathering the gifts we share are generally handmade. Fabric is woven into my DNA I think, so that was the source of my inspiration. As usual I started with an idea, searched for inspiration, blended a few things I found and made these quick and simple (no sewing required) stars.
If fabric isn’t your thing, they will be just as lovely made from paper.
Here’s how to make them in case you want to add handmade to your Christmas this year too.
Folded Fabric Christmas Stars
You will need:
4 pieces 8 x 30cm cotton fabric (or paper will also work)
Tweezers or a satay stick (for easing the fabric underneath strips)
What to do
Press the strips of fabric in half lengthwise (4 x 30cm once pressed) which makes the next step easier as it gives you a line to fold to.
Open out the strip and fold the raw edges to the line in the middle then press into place.
Fold in half lengthwise so that the raw edges are enclosed and the strip is now 2 x 30cm.
Fold each pressed strip almost in half, leaving one end longer by about 2.5cm.
Arrange your strips so they look like this, with all the shorter ends on the top. Lay them down starting with the top left (marked 1) and working anti-clockwise, each enclosing the ‘legs’ of the previous strip. The tails of the final strip go through the loop of the first strip.
Pull them up snugly so the strips sit side by side with no gaps. This is the middle of your star.
Turn your soon-to-be-a-star over so the long ends are now on top.
Make the back of the star by folding the strips over the middle. Begin in the top left once again and work anti clockwise.
The last strip needs to tuck under the first, giving you 4 small squares of colour and all strips woven in.
To make the points work with the strips which are on the upper side first. Fold each strip under itself to form a triangle, then over to form the peak shape.
Fold this back over itself to get the point of the star.
The end slips under the strip below. Trimming off the excess length before you tuck it in is the easiest way.
Once you have one point made, continue with the other 3 on this side.
Then flip over and make points on the remaining 4 strips. Be sure to keep the strips snuggly together, they can come a little loose as you tuck.
If you plan to hang it on your tree, attach a piece of thread in one corner to make a hanging loop.
Or attach a small pin on the back and wear it as a brooch.
Try spotting at just one.