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How to Make a Fabric Star (free fabric star ornament pattern)

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Give your Christmas tree some star power with this free Fabric Star Ornament Pattern! The sewing pattern is simple and easy to follow, so you can create several star ornaments in no time. Plus, the possibilities are endless when it comes to fabrics and colors. So get creative and deck your tree out in style!

fabric star ornament pattern

Fabric Star Ornament Pattern

One of the most popular Christmas ornaments is the fabric star. These handmade ornaments are simple to make but look fabulously on-trend when finished. And best of all, the stars can be made out of any scraps of fabric you have lying around.

So why not give it a try this year? I’ve put together a free Fabric Star Ornament Pattern and instructions that will make it easy for you to create your own fabric stars this Christmas.

Why Make this Free Star Pattern

If you’re like me, then you love finding free patterns to use for your crafts. Well, I’ve got a great one for you today! This fabric star ornament is perfect for Christmas or any other time of year. Plus, it’s really easy to make, so even beginners can give it a try. So what are you waiting for? Get started making your own fabric stars today!

  • Easy and so fun to make. Sometimes we just need a quick and easy project to get into the holiday spirit (or if <gasp> you’ve lost your sewing mojo.) These stars are a perfect project for that!
  • Use any fabric you want to customize your ornament to your decor. These stars are a perfect project to use up all your scrap fabric.
  • The stuffed fabric stars are great as Christmas tree ornaments, gift toppers, or just cute holiday decor.
  • This pattern is free and makes a great craft to make and sell. All you need is some well-priced fabric and inexpensive batting. (I found similar items selling on Etsy for about $7 per star!)
farmhouse fabric star ornaments

Fabric Used in this Star Sewing Pattern

I used a cotton fabric with a metallic weave from Robert Kauffman in Sand, from the Essex Yarn Dyed (metallic) line to make my fabric stars. I was torn between the Camel, Oyster, or Sand color. They are all shades of gold, the camel being darkest and sand being the lightest.

I finally decided to go with the fabric in Sand because I thought it would be the best match to my current decor. But this particular fabric line also comes in green, ruby, navy blue, and shades of grey.

fabric used to make a fabric star

Fabric Star Template Pattern Details:

The finished stuffed fabric star is about 7.5 inches wide and 7.75 inches tall. (If you want a smaller star it is very easy to reduce the print size when printing from the free adobe reader.)

You actually have two choices when sewing the star.

The 1st choice is what I have demonstrated in today’s tutorial and the 2nd choice is a slightly faster and more rustic/farmhouse/shabby chic-looking option.

Option number 2 is, instead of sewing the star fabric right sides together and then flipping it right side out, you would align the fabric wrong sides together, sew around the edge with a quarter inch seam allowance and then finish the edge of the fabric with pinking shears.

rustic christmas star pattern

If you like this Star Ornament Pattern, check out these other fun tutorials:

Where Do I get the Pattern?

The link for the Star Pattern/template is under the materials needed section. Click the link, add the pattern to your cart and check out. (takes about 15 seconds for the process.) A copy of the pattern will be emailed to you.

Ready to make a few stuffed star ornaments?

Read on for the fabric amounts, sewing instructions, and downloadable templates.

diy christmas star ornament

How to Make a Fabric Star Ornament

Time needed: 10 minutes for one fabric star, but if you cut several at a time and make them in an assembly line, the time per star will be greatly reduced.

Skill level: Beginner

Materials Needed

  • Pattern
  • Fabric (scrap fabric, about 16 inches wide by 8 inches tall)
  • Scissors
  • Marking Pen
  • Batting (use whatever kind you have)
  • Needle and thread 
  • Basic sewing supplies (a turning tool would be helpful in turning the points of the star, but a pencil will work too.)
  • optional: twine for an ornament hanger.
materials needed to make a star ornament

Sewing Instructions

Pattern notes: Quarter inch seam allowance is already added to the pattern.

RST = Right sides together.

Step 1: Print and cut out the Star pattern.

First, download the free star template pattern that I have provided. (look under materials for the star pattern link.) It is in a PDF format so you will need Adobe Reader to open and print it. (If you don’t have Adobe Reader, you can get it for free here .) The pattern prints out on one page.

  • To print the pattern, at the correct size, choose print “actual size” and “auto” portrait/landscape.
  • Use a ruler to measure the one-inch square to confirm the pattern printed at the correct size.

Cut out the paper pattern.

Fold the fabric in half and use a marking pen to trace the star pattern onto the fabric.

Cut two stars from your fabric. 

how to sew a fabric star

Step 2: Sew the fabric star together.

Line up the two stars, RST. 

If you want to add a twine hanger on your ornament, cut a 7-inch piece of twine, fold it in half and insert it between the two stars. (You want the loop inside the star, with the ends hanging out, as shown below.)

how to make a fabric star

Pin the star and twine in place. Sew around the edges of the star using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Leave a 1.5 to 2 inch opening at the bottom of the fabric star ornament.

fabric star tutorial

If adding a twine hanger, backstitch over the twine a time or two and take care to push the twine loop out of the sewing path as you sew down the edge of the star.

how to sew a fabric star

To help the star keep its shape when turning right side out. it helps to cut a “notch” into the inner star corners. You will also want to trim the extra seam allowance and tips of the star points.

The less fabric at the tip of the stars, the better the points will look. Be careful not to cut into the stitches.

how to sew a stuffed fabric star
tips for sewing a fabric star

Step 3: Turn and Stuff the Stars

Use a turning tool or pencil to help push out the star tips.

fabric star tutorial

Fold the open seam in towards the center of the star 1/4 inch and press with an iron.

how to make a fabric star

Add batting/stuffing to your star.

stuffed fabric star pattern

Step 4: Close the Fabric star.

Pin the bottom of the star closed.

fabric star ornament pattern

Close the bottom seam with a hidden stitch or glue.

sewing fabric star ornament closed

Now make a bunch more!

fabric star pattern

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Yield: 1 fabric star ornament

How to Make a Fabric Star

Fabric Star Ornament Pattern
Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty easy

Materials

  • Pattern
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Marking Pen
  • Batting
  • Needle and thread
  • Basic sewing supplies (a turning tool would be helpful in turning the points of the star, but a pencil will work too.)
  • optional: twine for an ornament hanger.

Instructions

Step 1: Print and cut out the Star pattern.

  1. To print the pattern, at the correct size, choose print "actual size" and "auto" portrait/landscape.
  2. Use a ruler to measure the one-inch square to confirm the pattern printed at the correct size.
  3. Cut out the pattern.
  4. Fold the fabric in half and use a marking pen to trace the star pattern onto the fabric.
  5. Cut two stars from your fabric. 

Step 2: Sew the fabric star together.

  1. Line up the two stars, RST. 
  2. If you want to add a twine hanger on your ornament, cut a 7-inch piece of twine, fold it in half and insert it between the two stars. (You want the loop inside the star, with the ends hanging out, as shown below.)
  3. Pin the star and twine in place. Sew around the edges of the star using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
  4. Leave a 1.5 to 2 inch opening at the bottom of the fabric star ornament.
  5. If adding a twine hanger, backstitch over the twine a time or two and take care to push the twine loop out of the sewing path as you sew down the edge of the star.
  6. To help the star keep its shape when turning right side out. it helps to cut a "notch" into the inner star corners. You will also want to trim the extra seam allowance and tips of the star points.
  7. The less fabric at the tip of the stars, the better the points will look. Be careful not to cut into the stitches.

Step 3: Turn and Stuff the Stars

  1. Use a turning tool or pencil to help push out the star tips.
  2. Fold the open seam in towards the center of the star 1/4 inch and press with an iron.
  3. Add batting/stuffing to your star.

Step 4: Close the Fabric star.

  1. Pin the bottom of the star closed.
  2. Close the bottom seam with a hidden stitch or glue.