Upcycled Sweater Stars – Free Pattern and Tutorial

sweater stars

Can you believe Christmas is just around the corner? It’s time to get out your sweater stash and make some fun things for the holidays. These upcycled sweater stars are so simple to make and can be embellished in so many ways.

Hang them from a door knob, embellish a gift package, put them on your Christmas tree, or just simply set a few on a shelf.  Depending on what sweater or other material you use, each one will sew up a little differently. That is what makes them so fun to make. Mix and match colors, textures, buttons and balls to your hearts content.

I was so excited to find this yellow sweater at the thrift store one day. A yellow wool sweater is always a good find. They are rare and hard to find. It was the perfect sweater for a warm, holiday star!

If you would like some tips on how to felt wool sweaters and how to get them ready for craft projects, I have a FREE online video class. You can read more about it HERE.

You can make them with:

  • felted wool sweaters (my favorite)
  • mixed fiber sweaters
  • knits
  • fleece
  • felt
  • woven fabrics

Other Items that you will need:

  • Downloadable printable pattern (GET IT HERE)
  • Sewing machine (although it can be sewn by hand)
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Needle & Thread
  • Fiber fill stuffing
  • Embellishments (optional) buttons, jingle bells, sweater balls, etc.
  • Loop material for hanging (twine, ribbon, embroidery floss, etc.)

Instructions:

1-  Download, print and cut out pattern.

There are two sizes.

 

2-  Cut two stars out of the fabric of your choice.

(Felted wool sweaters, mixed fiber sweaters, fleece, knit, and woven fabrics will work as well)

3-  Place star pieces Right Sides Together (RST) and pin in place.

4-  Starting at one star point, backstitch and then sew around stopping where indicated to leave space for filling.

5-  Trim seam.

6-  Clip star tips and inside corners.

7-  Turn the inside out

Poke star tips out using the tips of scissors, or a wood turning tool.

This is the polyester fiber fill that I use. As you can see, I buy it in the big bag to have on hand for all my crafting adventures.

8-  Stuff the star, poking the fiber filling out into the star tips.

Use a turning tool or the tips of a pair of closed scissors. (only if they have a rounded tip). Be careful not to poke through the fabric!

9-  Double thread a needle and knot the end.

10- Sew the opening closed using a slip stitch.

You can watch a demonstration of how to sew the slip stitch HERE.

10- To make indent in the middle (optional) double thread a needle and knot the end.

Making a dimple or indent in the star, makes it easier to place a button or bell on the front of the star.

11- Stick the needle in the back and pull through into the inside.

12- Stitch back and forth through both layers several times, pulling tight to form a dimple.

Here are a few ideas of what you can use to embellish your star.

13- Sew or glue, the button, bell or sweater ball to the star.

14- To make a loop to hang the star:

Here are some options of what to use to hang your star.

  • Jute (I use this stuff for everything)
  • Colored twine
  • Ribbon
  • Embroidery floss
  • Crafting trim

Cut a strip of yarn, embroidery floss, ribbon, jute, etc. about 10 inches long. Fold in half and make a knot on the end.

15- Using a needle and thread, whip stitch the knotted area onto the end of a star tip.

Ta-dah!

I bet you can’t wait to whip up a bunch more!

These sweater stars would be a fun Thanksgiving craft. Someone in my family usually comes up with a simple craft for all of us to make while we sit and chat. I wonder what we’ll make this year? I will have to keep you posted.

Send me a note if you have any questions while sewing up your stars.

You can find other fun things to make with upcycled wool sweaters in my Etsy shop and my Craftsy shop.

This is a great time to get started on your Christmas gift making. Here are a few other ideas.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday!

jan

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How To Felt Wool Sweaters – FREE Online Class

Would you like to transform your old wool sweaters into something fabulous?

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I am so excited to let you know what I have been doing the past month, and to let you know that I just published my first online class. It has been a month full of studying, researching, filming and editing. A challenge was given to me to publish my first online class within a month, and I did it, with one day to spare. Whew! This class is an online class with Skillshare, called DIY: How To Felt Wool Sweaters.

SKILLSHARE

****I now have the class available on TEACHABLE. If you don’t want to JOIN a membership on Skillshare, this is a GREAT OPTION.

Sign up for the TEACHABLE COURSE HERE.

My mind is spinning with all the fun classes I want to teach using upcycled wool sweaters, but I felt (no pun intended), that I should start with the basics.

Felted wool sweater fabric is like crafting gold! For those of you who like to sew, you are going to love all the fun things you can make with this cozy, tightly woven material. Here are just a few patterns and ideas of things you can create using upcycled sweaters.

In this upcycled sweaters class, I am going to:

  • show you how to choose the perfect sweater
  • teach you how to felt the sweater (shrink it down)
  • give you some awesome tips on how to store and care for your felted wool sweaters
  • help you know how to use your sweater fabric most effectively

After you take this class, you will be ready to dive into your first upcycled sweater project.

What is Skillshare?

Skillshare is a learning community for creators and makers. Anyone can join Skillshare to enroll in online classes, watch video lessons, create projects, and even become a teacher. This is such an awesome platform where you can learn how to do almost anything! You can join with a free membership or get a premium membership and have access to unlimited classes.

This particular class is FREE to you right now, but I would recommend you take advantage of Skillshare’s offer they have going right now.

3 months for only .99 cents!

After you sign up for the class, you will be given which enrollment option you want. If you do join the Premium Membership, you can cancel at anytime if you choose. Why not take advantage of it for 3 months and give it a whirl.

Are you ready to find a wool sweater and get rolling? The holidays are just around the corner, and now is an awesome time to get out your sewing machine out and get making some fun upcycled Christmas gifts!

Stay tuned for more online classes.

SHORT AND SIMPLE

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Cheers!

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