Crafty Thursday

Thursday, December 9, 2010

German Folded Star, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Every year in December I make german paper folded stars. My grandma made them when she was young growing up in Germany. 8 or 9 years ago, with her help and the help of an online tutorial, I learned how to make them. I try to make them every year so that I won't forget. This year I wanted to try something a little different and use fabric! The main issue is, these stars are made of strips and they need to be double sided. On my first attempt I used no interfacing and folded the strip in half than unfolded and folded the raw edges to the center. It was way too thick and had no sturdiness. On my second attempt I used lightweight interfacing, folded over each strip and zig-zag stitched the edges. Finally, I tried Heat-n-Bond with two single layers of fabric! I bonded the fabrics together then cut the strips. I am SO happy with how it turned out! Now I can make lots of fun fabric ones! :) This is the tutorial I use to refresh my memory each year! It has a lot of great photos, and you can even order star paper from there too!

Folded Fabric Star, originally uploaded by jenib320.
After seeing all the beautiful ornaments that Holly has been making, I knew I had to try it out! I am happy with how it turned out, but I don't think I have the paitence for too many! So much folding and too many pins! :) Here is the tutorial: Folded Fabric Star

Gathered Clutches, originally uploaded by jenib320.
I made some more Noodlehead Gathered Clutches for some birthday gifts! They are a big hit! :)

George, originally uploaded by jenib320.
George bunny!

Today I love the..
Smell of: Cold air
Sound of: Rooney
Taste of: Kix cereal
Sight of: Snow
Feel of: Warm apartment

Good Things about Today:
- Had my last meeting of the semester, I'm officially done!
- Said meeting went great!
- Got a LOT of crafty stuff done today!
- Celebrating a friend's birthday tonight!
- I love making Christmas Ornaments!


  1. those ornaments look absolutely beautiful and well made!!! I might look at that tutorial and give it a try! what a great xmas tradition making those starts every year! you said your grandmother is German? I am of German ancestry too, my German xmas tradition is hanging a pickle ornament in my tree every year...I also make what is called "christollen" german xmas bread with cinnamon, sugar, candied red and green cherries, citron, and lemon peel, very good! I will be posting that reciped in about a week when I make that bread...

  2. Your ornaments are lovely!!! I love your German star, so neat!! Adding that to my to-do list, lol. I like your choice for the folded fabric ball, I'm not a fan of City Weekend, but the colors look nice in small pieces, it gives it a totally new perspective! It has a vintage feel to it! =D

  3. those ornaments are so freaking RAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and of course, your noodleheads are so sweet!

    ps Hi George!

  4. I've totally bookmarked this page! I REALLY love your folded star and want to attempt one for myself. So much to do, so little time!!!!

  5. Jeni - I cannot believe that German fabric star. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. You have incredible patience. So glad your meeting went well and now you're free! Here's to crafty goodness!

  6. beautiful ornaments, they look awesome. and of course the clutches are perfectly sewn. :)


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