Star Sew Along

For the next three months we are going to show you how to make some easy and improvised star blocks. When you have made a few I will show you how to make a cushion or two for your bedroom, or are you off to Uni? They would be a great way to personalise your space.

An improve star means although some of the fabric pieces are measured, some are not and therefore each star you make will look different. After you have tried this method, the next time I will show you how to make it with no measuring at all, but I think it will help if you know how to make it ‘properly’ first.

When choosing your fabrics, decide if you want a pale sky or dark sky. I am going to use different light fabrics. I shall sometimes use different lights in a block, for instance I shall use some of the fabric in todays block in the next block. Your stars can be lots of colours in one star, or all the same. If you use background fabric for the middle of the star, it would appear to be exploding! You decide.

Read through the whole pattern before you begin, it won’t take long there are lots of photos.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Eight 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ squares of sky fabric
  • One 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ square of fabric for the centre of the star
  • Four 4″ x 4″ squares of star point fabric
  • Cutting supplies
  • Sewing Machine

MAKING THE BLOCK

Begin by laying your fabric squares on the table as in my photo

Now take the four star point fabrics and cut them diagonally to create eight triangles, these will make the eight points of your star.

Arrange the triangles on each of the four squares that take the points as in the next photo. This isn’t necessary if all the points are to be the same colour.

When you are happy with your arrangement, take one of the star point squares and its two triangles to the sewing machine.

Place one triangle right sides together at an angle from the bottom of the square to the side:

Notice that I have folded a crease where the stitches will go, this is so I can fold the triangle back to make sure it completely covers the corner of the background sky square. It will be trimmed back using the square as a template once you have stitched it. MAKE SURE the top of your triangle is at least a 1/4″ away from the top of the square to avoid cutting off the point when you join your star blocks together.

Stitch the point seam.

Reverse stitch at the beginning and end of every seam.

Now repeat with the second triangle on the other side. Take care to remember the seam allowance at the top. It doesn’t matter if it overlaps the first point, it doesn’t have to. The more you make, the more you will understand what is happening 🙂

Press the triangles and then trim back to the square shape using the background fabric as a template.

Now stitch the other three point units.

Arrange the nine squares on the table so that you are happy with the point placement.

Now using 1/4″ seam allowance, join the squares in three rows of three.

I pressed my seams open to keep the star flatter, but if you want to press your seams to one side, go for it.

Pin the seams carefully before you stitch these strips together. I like to put a pin on each side of where the seams line up to stop it slipping as I stitch.

Eeeek – my thumbnail is a disgrace (gardening)

Press you long seams open and you are finished!

Its up to you how many of these blocks you make, but for the cushion two like this would be fine.

Watch out for the ‘hardly any measuring at all’ next instalment 🙂

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