You know those little teething blanket things that have ribbons and tags all over them for babies to do as babies do with such things?
(HINT: Suck, babies suck. And drool, a lot.)
Well, if you use the pieced star pattern, you can add all sorts of textures and prints, since each side has five pieces.
Scraps of various materials. Each needs to be about 6*4 inches for an individual section.
A whole slew of ribbons, ric rac and the like
Star pattern foundation piece, printed at 50-75%
Begin by tracing and cutting out ten of the star foundation piece from the pattern here
Separate the diamonds into two stacks of five each.
Take two of the diamonds, stack, wrong sides together. **Note that there is a longer side and a shorter side. We’ll be sewing the diamonds together at the shorter sides.**
Sew one short side from middle point to short end point.
Layer another diamond on one of the sewn diamonds. Sew along the short side again
Continue to do this for all five pieces of one stack of diamonds: sewing ONLY along the short sides
Finish by matching up the last two unsewn short sides, folding right sides together, and sewing
Repeat for with the other five diamonds. You should now have two stars
Cut strips of ribbon and ric rac, about 3-4 inches long. You’re going to need a lot, so just cut away.
Loop the ribbon and ric rac, and pin in place on one of the star pieces, with the raw edges of the ribbons/ric rac off the edge of the star and the loops pointing toward the center/inside
Or if you feel like pinning one more ribbon loop is going to drive you insane, just skip the pinning and sew them in place
After you’ve covered the outside of the one star with the trim, place the other star on top of the first, right sides together. The ribbon loops should all face in, with the raw ends poking out.
Begin about 1 inch down from the top of one of the points, sew all the way around the entire star, and leave about a 3-4 inch gap for turning. Back stitch at both beginning and end.
Trim off all the sticky-outy trim parts and clip the corners of the star
Turn through the gap, using a narrow blunt something to push the points out
At the gap, fold under 1/4 inch
And top stitch all the way around the entire star, sealing the gap as you do so.
I used a decorative stitch because it seemed the right thing to do.
And that’s it.
Hand it to a baby near you and let them go at it.
Or just plop it on the counter and admire it, if there are no babies near you at the moment.
It’s very versatile.
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