Have you ever wanted to feel like a wizard? Well, I have the perfect project for you.
Hi! It's Jen from Dizzy Quilter, and today I want to share one of my all-time favorite projects with you.
The Moravian Star is a traditional European handcraft. You can find them made of stained glass, metals, paper and...with a little help from your AccuQuilt...paper and fabric!
Today we are going to DIY a three-dimensional ornament that is approximately 4 3/4" tall and 4" wide.
Making a Moravian Star
For my patriotic version, I used pre-cut fabrics of red, white, and blue from Timeless Treasures. My instructions are based on using 5" squares and using a different fabric on each "face" of the star.
- GO! Qube English Paper Piecing Die, 1" Finished Sides - #55825
- One Sheet Card Stock
- Fabric - twelve 5" squares
- Thread to complement fabrics
- 6" cording or narrow ribbon to hang your star
- Fine needle
- Glue stick
- Thread snips
- Clover Wonder Clips - Optional
Pro Tip: Choosing your fabrics carefully creates different looks. I chose to make this version using red, white, and blue fabrics. For a kaleidoscope effect, you can use a stripe and line the diamonds up along the stripes before cutting. You can also find small elements to fussy cut. I have more photos on my website.
Step 1 - Cutting
Cut out your card stock using the paper diamond die.
I folded my card stock in half then ran it through to get 60 diamonds. You can safely cut two layers of card stock in the fabric cutter.
Pro Tip: If you don't have card stock, I suggest cutting out twice as many diamonds from paper and gluing them together to make a stiff template. The papers are going to stay in the star, and firmer is better.
Cut your papers using the fabric diamond die. Since each pass in the fabric cutter cuts six diamonds, and each face only uses five, you may have extras. This just means you are ahead on your epic scrappy EPP quilt!
Cut 60 diamonds for your star. You can safely cut six layers of fabric - which means just two passes. I've never cut out a Moravian Star so quickly in my life!
Step 2 - Basting
Cover your work surface with some scrap paper. If you are like me, there is going to be glue everywhere.
Place your first fabric wrong side up on your surface. Thoroughly cover your paper template with glue on one side.
Press it onto your fabric...being careful to center the paper. You don't need to be super precise, but keep the fabric margins as even as possible.
Using the edge of your glue stick, run a thin line of glue along one side of the paper - a smidge away from the edge. Avoid getting glue on the edge of the paper.
Fold the fabric over and press it down. Moving clockwise around your diamond, glue each edge down.
Pro Tip: Don't worry about the flappy bits at the top and bottom of the diamond. We will work around them later. DO NOT TRIM THE FLAPPY BITS OFF. Sorry for shouting. Trust me when I tell you - trimming is a mistake.
Once you have glued all four sides, you can use the Wonder Clips to help seal the fabric to the glue if you need to. Sometimes I use them, but most often I do not.
Step 3 - Sewing the Star Faces
Layout your first five diamonds, points toward the center, as if you are making a six-pointed star, but with one bit missing.
Using small stitches, stitch your diamonds together. The last space gets pulled together so that you have a little basket with five-star points. It feels weird but stay with me.
Do this twelve times. You can take a few extra stitches across the center points to get them pulled snugly together if you have a little gap.
Step 4 - Attach the Star Faces
The stitching on this part is on the outside of the star. Yes, your stitches will be visible. If you find a nice thread color that blends with all of your fabric, you are very lucky.
For this version, I used a red thread and a blue thread - depending on which seam I was sewing. As long as the thread matches one side, it blends well enough.
Keep your stitches a little bigger, and try to keep them fairly even. I shoot for about twelve stitches per side, and catch 3-4 threads of the fabric per side.
Using a whip stitch, join the pieces together. Start with a pair, then just keep adding face one at a time.
Right from the start, it feels like it is not going to come together, but as you stitch along each side, the corners match up like magic.
The star does get a little ungainly but when adding one piece at a time it isn’t too bad.
Pro Tip: Just be sure that each tip of the 3D star has three diamonds coming together to form the point.
When you have just one or two stars left, knot the ends of your cording together to form a loop. Sneak it into one of the points that haven't been sewn shut yet, keeping the knot inside. Take a few stitches to fasten it in place as you go by.
The last seam can be a little bit challenging. Just take it one stitch at a time, and be patient. Knot your thread at the end of the seam, and run your thread back through a few stitches, then clip it close to the surface.
Tah dah! All finished.
I like to display my stars on these little wire ornament stands.
These are really not sturdy enough to withstand handling from small children. They can be smushed pretty easily - so just keep that in mind.
You can make them with stuffing inside. I have a tutorial for this on my blog.
If you make your own Moravian Star using this tutorial, please share the photo on social media using the hashtag #AccuQuilt and don't forget to tag @jenstrauser and @AccuQuilt so we can see your fun creation!