Monday, December 3, 2012
Tree Ornaments 2 - Denim & Metal Stars
Very little sewing, and absolutely NO gluing. If you're committed, you can finish these in half a day.
Materials to make 8 stars:
Denim, about 1/8 yard
Emery board or sand paper
20 gauge steel wire
Rod for wrapping wire to make squiggles (a standard size pen will work)
Thin ribbon for hanging
Use the larger pattern to cut 16 denim stars.
Use the smaller pattern to cut 8 stars out of salt dough (make a couple extra for mishaps). Put a small hole in the top of each star and bake according to your directions.
With wrong sides together, sew two stars together with a quarter inch seam allowance. Go all the way around each star.
Using a pair of scissors, snip the edges to fray them, every eighth inch.
You'll put these into the washer and dryer and they will fray up very nicely.
After you've smoothed them out, paint them silver (or gold, or whatever background color you prefer). Carefully paint the year, persons name, or whatever event you'd like onto each star.
When you do this, have your knot in the front of the star, and when you get back to the top, do not cut your thread. Leave it be for now, as it will be used to attach the other pieces.
Grab your tail ends and pull them through this loop, however do not pull it tight just yet.
Use your thread that is still hanging on your denim star to sew through this ribbon on the back side of your salt dough star. This will attach both pieces together securely, and finish off the join with your needle and thread, knotting in a discreet area in the back.
I hope next years ornaments will be as fun to create as these ones were!