When do stars come out in the daytime? And, we’re not counting the ones on the red carpet during awards season. We’re talking about handmade Fabriflair® stars created with clever kits and patterns by Indygo Junction. For the wall, front door, as a tree topper or ornament, or taking center stage as a centerpiece, Fabriflair® stars are… the stars of the show.
If you’re familiar with English Paper Piecing, you’re two-steps ahead already. Fabriflair® is dimensional paper piecing that can be done by hand or by machine, using the Fabriflair® Stabilizer. Although there are several 3D shapes available, at this time of year, we love the stars.
Tree Topper & Ornaments
Make a bold statement and show off some of your favorite fabrics. Check out the Fabriflair® pattern that includes three sizes: 7”, 11”, and 15”.
The beautiful Tree Topper Star above is made from a traditional quilting cotton, but imagine how gorgeous the result would be for the holidays in a cotton with metallic accents, such as the William Morris print from Moda Fabrics shown in the photo below. You can use a single fabric or multiple fabrics to make your Stars.
You need just small cuts of fabric. You may already have the perfect options in your stash or in your “recycled fabric” bin. A selection of treasured silk ties would make a stunning star. Or, how about a scattering of vintage beads? When you carefully select the fabric and embellishments, you create an heirloom quality gift that will be enjoyed through the years.
Wall Art Stars
Wall Art Stars also come in three sizes: 13”, 20”, and 25”. This pattern features a solid or split arm design. Stars can be mounted on the wall, a door, or any flat surface – even on the front of a fireplace screen. They look good individually or as a decorative set. Try them in classic fabric choices, or for a different spin – and a great gift idea – they’d be a fan favorite if done if sports-themed fabric.
Construction is easier than you might imagine for such a dramatic finish. Take a look at the short video below with Fabriflair® creator, Amy Barickman. She takes you through the construction options, fabric choices, how to use their specially formulated stabilizer sheets, and techniques for finishing your Stars to fit your style.
Radiant Star Kits & Centerpiece Star Patterns
You’ll never tire of looking at these dimensional, 60-sided wonders. It doesn’t seem like fabric should even be able to do this! These Stars are available both as a pattern as well as a kit that includes the mat board templates.
Pull out your leftover pre-cuts for these beauties. Jelly roll strips and charm squares are both ideal. Try accenting the centers of your Star with Dritz® Cover Button Kits in coordinating prints or solids as shown below on the vintage inspired French General fabric star. Grab some of Grandpa’s flannel shirts or Dad’s pajamas and combine them to make a Star that’s a great-gifts-for-guys.
This is a fun activity for all ages and just might become a new holiday tradition. Part of the fun is fussy cutting motifs in order to center a unique element in some or all of the star points. Everyone can help pick out fabrics to mix and match to create the family’s Annual Radiant Star.
You can shop directly from Indygo Junction or find them at your favorite independent sewing and craft retailer.
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