Folded Fabric Festive Star: Tutorial

Folded fabric festive star tutorial by Very Berry Handmade

There are other tutorials for this method of folding fabric to create stars – here’s a version by Crafting a Rainbow and the original Danish version that she used as the basis for her tute. I have added a little tweak of my own, and (having noticed the bits that my students were having trouble with when I was teaching this project at the weekend) added a few extra photos to make some of the stages a bit more obvious. So here we go!

Folded Fabric Festive Star – instructions:

You will need:

  • 4 strips of fabric measuring 2 1/2in by 12in
  • Loop turner/tube turner (not essential, but makes life much easier)
  • Binding clips/paper clips (not essential but they really help)
  • Hi-Tack glue, or other suitable fabric glue

Cut 4 strips of fabric measuring 2 1/2in wide by 12in long. Fold and press lengthways, right sides together, like this:

Fabric Christmas start tutorial step 1

Stitch down the long open side with a 1/4in seam. Don’t stitch the short edges.

Fabric Christmas start tutorial step 2

Turn the tubes through to the right side. I use my fab Clover loop turner, but other tube turners are available, and you can even do it with a chop-stick, or knitting needle.

Fabric Christmas start tutorial step 3

Press the tubes flat with the seam at one side:

Fabric Christmas start tutorial step 6

Fold each of the fabric strips so that one side is 1 1/2in longer than the other:

Fabric Christmas start tutorial step 7

Now we are going to start weaving and folding! All the fabric pieces need to have the short side on top. Keep in mind the 4 points of the compass as you are doing the next bit:

Fabric Christmas start tutorial step 8

But the most important thing is….

NOT TO DO THIS. I repeat – do not do this:

Fabric Christmas start tutorial step 9

It is really tempting to weave the folds in the zig-zag way above, but this is NOT what we are doing. As you fold the four pieces together, this is what you are aiming for:

Fabric Christmas start tutorial step 10

As you can see, one folded strip wraps completely around the other folded piece. This is how it looks from above:

Fabric Christmas start tutorial step 11

This is how it looks when you add the 3rd strip. Once again, I stress that the 3rd piece of fabric (the starry piece) is completely enclosing the folded strip of pink Christmas tree fabric:

Fabric Christmas start tutorial step 12

Here’s how it looks from the side:

Fabric Christmas start tutorial step 13

The fourth piece goes around the starry fabric strip and then tucks through the blue and white spotty fabric. I hope you can see that clearly here:

Fabric Christmas start tutorial step 14

Pull the fabrics so that the folds cinch together and get nice and tight – the middle section of interwoven fabrics should be fairly square:

Fabric Christmas start tutorial step 15

Flip the fabric strips over so you can work on the back:

Fabric Christmas start tutorial step 16

Take one of the longer sides of the strips and fold it down over the central square (I’ve folded the blue and white spotty fabric, as you can see). The temptation is to think that you need to weave it somewhere, but you don’t! Just fold it down:

Fabric Christmas start tutorial step 17

Now, working round clockwise, fold the next longer piece. It will cross the first piece you folded. I have folded the mint-coloured fabric, as you can see:

Fabric Christmas start tutorial step 18

Fold the next piece – this time I am folding the starry fabric up:

Fabric Christmas start tutorial step 19

The final step is fold the last longer piece and push the free end under the first piece of fabric you folded down. So, in this picture, I am folding the pink fabric over the starry fabric, and then tucking it under the blue and white:

Fabric Christmas start tutorial step 20

Here’s how it should look when you are done, and that’s the hard bit over with!

Fabric Christmas start tutorial step 21

Time to make the points. This is where binding clips, or paper clips, come in handy to hold the points whilst you do some tucking (and maybe some gluing). You need to make 4 points on one side, then flip the star over and make the other 4 on the other side. So start with one of the strips that has a contrast fabric folded over it (the way the starry fabric has the pink fabric folded over it). Fold the strip diagonally as shown:

Fabric Christmas start tutorial step 22

Fold again to make a point. Leave a little vertical space coming down from the point to make the final fold easier:

Fabric Christmas start tutorial step 23

Fold the triangle that you have created in half to create the point. Clip it closed, if you can, whilst you do the next bit:

Fabric Christmas start tutorial step 24

Push the excess fabric down underneath the folded fabric of the previous strip:

Fabric Christmas start tutorial step 25

You can ignore the next stage if you like, but once I have tucked the fabric into position, I like to take the binding clip off the point, add a dot of Hi-Tack Glue between the 2 folds of the point and clip it closed whilst the glue dries:

Fabric Christmas start tutorial step 26

Skip the next strip (the blue and white strip in my version), move onto the next (the pink), and repeat the folds to create another point:

Fabric Christmas start tutorial step 27

Continue until you have completed 4 alternate points on this side of the star. Now flip the star over to work on the other side:

Fabric Christmas start tutorial step 28

As you tuck the fabric into the folds, you might find you have a bit of excess to deal with. Pull the fabric right through to the other side of the fold, pulling it tightly (can you see how the point I’ve created is being pulled through the fold?) and then trim off the excess as close to the other strip fabric as you can.

Fabric Christmas start tutorial step 29

After trimming, pull the point back into position, and the excess fabric will be nicely hidden under the other strip:

Fabric Christmas start tutorial step 30

Once you’ve finished all the points, remove the clips and press the points to create a neat finish:

Folded fabric festive star tutorial

I tucked a folded ribbon into the centre of my star, and used a little more Hi-Tack glue to keep it in place:

Folded fabric festive star

But another option is to use small Command strips to stick them to your walls:

Folded festive stars on my wall at Spode in Stoke

Or you could make a garland! I haven’t done this yet, so no pics, sorry!

Hope you enjoy the tutorial, as always I’d love to hear how you get on with it.

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6 thoughts on “Folded Fabric Festive Star: Tutorial

  1. Thank you very much for another lovely tutorial, with great pics and instructions. Last year, I made the version which is far less deluxe than yours and gave them to all close friends/family as a Xmas decoration along with a card. I really love them (and saw them friends’ Christmas trees) – maybe it’s the Scandi vibe plus being a scrap-buster that makes them so satisfying to do. But your version has much more finesse and finish than those I made so would also make it a lovely small item for Xmas craft shows (I have this ambition to manage to do one of those one year!) Thank you again, always enjoy your posts.

  2. I have literally just written my end of year craft to do list – gifts, swaps, cards and it was scary BUT I just have to add this to the list. I love them Ali – so pretty. So many applications! Thanks for a wonderful tutorial.

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