Hey everyone! I sooooo love creating Patriotic projects and with the 4th of July rapidly approaching, I've decided to continue on my USA theme, (I've done a lot of red, white & blue) so far this year, but it's one of my favorite holidays to create for. So for my Sizzix project this month, I wanted to get back to my love of Primitive things and create for you these sweet little primitive fabric stars decked out with vintage glass glittered alphabets on top of paper medallions, all sitting in distressed wooden spools with trim. Below, I'll show you how I created these, I hope you enjoy them.
here are a few closeups...
This photo just shows that I added pattern paper to the bottom of the spool for a finished look.
From Sizzix, you will need the following dies:
Medallions / Decorative Strip from Brenda Walton
Star Bright, 3-D from Tim Holtz
Word Play Alphabet from Tim Holtz
Additional supplies needed:
- Silver tinsel ribbon
- Vintage photo distressing ink
- Silver German Glass Glitter
- spray adhesive
- hot glue
- poly fiberfill
- needle and thread
- wooden dowels
- wooden spools
- 3/16 hole punch
- various white trims
- pattern paper
- Fabri-Tac glue
- Sewing machine
Let's get started! Using the Star Bright 3-D star, die cut 6 of the larger stars from different fabrics then cut off the little tab, you won't be needing it.
Then pin 2 stars, right sides together and machine stitch around the star using a scant 1/4' seam allowance, and leaving about an inch opening for flipping.
After stitching all the stars, snip the corners and flip inside out, using a wooden dowel with a point to push out all the "points", but take care in not pushing too hard, you don't want to push the dowel all the way through. Then press the stars with an iron so they lay flat. Next, using poly fiberfill and the dowel with a point, stuff your stars to the thickness that you like.
Before inserting your wooden dowels, distress them and the spools with Vintage Photo distressing ink. Then to secure your dowels, apply some hot glue into the star opening and push the wooden dowel into star and the fiberfill then hold in place till it's secure. Hot glue dries relatively quickly, just be careful not to burn yourself in the process. Once the dowel is secure, then using a needle and thread, stitch the opening closed, sewing as close to the dowel as you can.
To decorate the front of the stars, die cut several Medallions, assemble by glueing the ends together, then apply hot glue to a small square and lay the medallion down on the square and hold in place till dry. Glue the smaller medallion onto the larger one and wind tinsel ribbon around the center a few times then glue the ends down. For the "USA" letters, using heavy chipboard, die cut "U, S, A" from the Word Play die, spray with adhesive, then sprinkle on glitter shaking off excess. Adhere the letters to the center of the medallions then adhere the entire embellishment to the fabric star using Fabri-Tac glue.
Cut pattern paper for the top and bottom of the spool, punch a hole in the center of the top circle, adhere then add a little hot glue to the center of the spool, insert the wooden dowel into the spool and hold into place until secured. Then hot glue trim around the spool.
I hope you enjoyed my project and I hope this inspires you to create your own.
Thanks so much for stopping by! :)