1/2 yard material
2 inch by 82 inch strip of contrasting fabric
84 inch of cording (I use corded elastic)
Small scrap of contrasting material (or small scrap of the main material)
Two 1 1/8 inch cover buttons (found in the notion section)
Star pattern foundation piece
Trace the star pattern foundation piece five times, with the shorter ends pointing together, making a large star.
This will be your star pattern
Cut out two stars using the pattern.
Place your cording into the center of the wrong side of the long fabric strip
Fold over on top of the cording, with the cording at the folded edge
Use your zipper foot to sew a straight stitch the length of the strip/cording right up against the edge of the cording
Pin the piping to the top side of one of the stars, matching raw edges
With your zipper foot still in place, sew along the corded edge of the piping, securing the piping to the one star
Get your other star.
Right sides together, layer the two stars, matching all points
Snip all five corners, up to, but not through, the stitching to release some of the fabric tension
Trim all five points up to, but not through, the stitching, to make a cleaner point when turned
Using open gap, turn to right sides. Use a thin, blunt point to get the points properly turned, if necessary
You want it to be stuffed pretty full, especially in the points. To make it easier to sew in the buttons at the end, though, I found it helped to stuff less right in the middle of the star.
Using your needle and thread, hand sew the gap closed
Using the cover button kit and your scraps, make two buttons, 1 1/8 inch
Time to sew the buttons on.
I found it best for me to tie the end of the thread to one of the buttons.
Sew the buttons into the center of the star, pulling REALLY REALLY tight and securing as you go. This was the hardest part for me, but when you get it…