Felt Shooting Stars Tutorial with Maureen and Shanti of Twig and Toadstool

March 28, 2011

Today we are joined by Maureen of the wonderful site Twig and Toadstool.  Maureen shares a wonderful tutorial for making shooting stars out of felt and ribbon.

Here’s a super sweet craft for the wee folk in your life.  Shooting stars!
I know my stockings are going to be stuffed with shooting stars…my girls just LOVE anything that has ribbons, (especially in rainbow hues), attached to it!
So here’s how you can make one of your own…
You will need:
wool felt (yes use wool felt…it holds up so much better than cheapy felt)!

First cut out 2 stars…if you don’t want to free hand your star just google “star templates”…you’ll find printable templates in every shape and size.
Then cut your ribbon into 3 ft lengths…we did rainbow ribbon on ours, but you can use whatever colour(s) you wish!

Starting in the middle of 2 points start sewing your way around…I recommend using a blanket stitch, only because it makes your end project look neater.  I typically also split my embroidery floss and use 2 strands at a time.
Sew until you get to the last point…leaving a gap to stuff.
Using a pencil or knitting needle, stuff stuffing into all of the points of the star…then fold your ribbon in half and sandwich in your ribbon in between the felt…you can hold it in place with a pin, or just use your fingers.

I sew through a few strands of the ribbon just to attach it in place, (using blanket stitch)…tie it off and you’re finished.
If you’re a pretty good sewer it should take you about 10 minutes from start to finish!

Now toss to an adoring child and have fun!
Good friends Maureen and Shanti, (from Eastern Ontario, Canada), make up the blog “Twig and Toadstool“. Homeschoolin’ mamas to 2 girls apiece…nature lovin, creative souls who love celebrating the seasons, life and motherhood!
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wordplayhouse March 28, 2011 at 7:50 am

Fun and pretty to make…and to see tossed through the air! Our 9 and 6-year-old would enjoy working on this project. Our 6-year-old created a prince costume for our 2-year-old a few weeks ago (see: http://www.wordplayhouse.com/2011/02/foot-prince-in-the-snow.html) and I can see both of them in their costumes pretending and playing with the shooting star!

angie March 28, 2011 at 10:04 am

these are simply adorable.

Twisted Cinderella March 28, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Oh how pretty! My girls would love these!

Jennifer A. March 29, 2011 at 11:20 am

May I also recommend putting some type of weight inside the star, maybe plastic pebbles or beans, and also buy a package of large rubber bands (you can get them at any craft store or office supply store) and sew in a rubber band in the middle of the ribbons so you can “launch” the star into the sky! Just a thought…

Annette April 2, 2011 at 8:47 pm

What a great project! I linked it in my blog here:

Jennifer May 25, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Hi. This is GREAT. my daughter and son are having a space birthday this weekend, and I’m making these for the party favors for the children.

Deebi27 October 1, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Love the shooting stars…with either colorful very thin ribbon or the white “hairy” yarn as the streak. Great classroom fun idea!

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