Thursday, June 3, 2010

Tagged Star

You know those little teething blanket things that have ribbons and tags all over them for babies to do as babies do with such things? 
(HINT:  Suck, babies suck. And drool, a lot.)
  Well, if you use the pieced star pattern, you can add all sorts of textures and prints, since each side has five pieces. 

Materials needed:
Scraps of various materials.  Each needs to be about 6*4 inches for an individual section.
A whole slew of ribbons, ric rac and the like

Begin by tracing and cutting out ten of the star foundation piece from the pattern here
Separate the diamonds into two stacks of five each.
Take two of the diamonds, stack, wrong sides together.  **Note that there is a longer side and a shorter side.  We’ll be sewing the diamonds together at the shorter sides.**
Sew one short side from middle point to short end point.
Layer another diamond on one of the sewn diamonds.  Sew along the short side again
Continue to do this for all five pieces of one stack of diamonds: sewing ONLY along the short sides 

Finish by matching up the last two unsewn short sides, folding right sides together, and sewing 
Repeat for with the other five diamonds.  You should now have two stars
Cut strips of ribbon and ric rac, about 3-4 inches long.  You’re going to need a lot, so just cut away.
Loop the ribbon and ric rac, and pin in place on one of the star pieces, with the raw edges of the ribbons/ric rac off the edge of the star and the loops pointing toward the center/inside
Or if you feel like pinning one more ribbon loop is going to drive you insane, just skip the pinning and sew them in place
After you’ve covered the outside of the one star with the trim, place the other star on top of the first, right sides together.  The ribbon loops should all face in, with the raw ends poking out.
Begin about 1 inch down from the top of one of the points, sew all the way around the entire star, and leave about a 3-4 inch gap for turning.  Back stitch at both beginning and end.
  Trim off all the sticky-outy trim parts and clip the corners of the star
Turn through the gap, using a narrow blunt something to push the points out
At the gap, fold under 1/4 inch
And top stitch all the way around the entire star, sealing the gap as you do so.
I used a decorative stitch because it seemed the right thing to do.
And that’s it. 
Hand it to a baby near you and let them go at it.
Or just plop it on the counter and admire it, if there are no babies near you at the moment.
It’s very versatile.
Linking to some of these parties


Melissa Stramel said...

This is so cute Sabra! Makes me want another baby. Thanks for entering it in the contest.

The Morreys said...

That is such a great idea! I think I will be making one of those for an up coming baby shower.

Christie said...

Cutest tag blanket EVER!

One Cheap B*tch said...

Everything you make is just so darn cute! Loved yesterday's post too! =)


Melanie said...

What a great idea to use the star shape! Totally cute.

Mags said...

Great idea, but where does the batting / stuffing go please?

Sabra said...

Thanks for the comment, Mags (and everyone else). There is no batting or stuffing in this. It's just the fabric flat against the other side. Does that make sense?

♥Happy is Yellow♥ said...

Oh My Goodness... I just found your blog and I'm in LOVE!!! hehe I'm extremely NEW to sewing (as in I haven't touched a sewing machine since 8th Grade in Home Economics class-- 10 years ago! lol) I got a new sewing machine a few weeks ago, but I don't remember a single thing!! :( For some reason I thought it would just all come back to me... YEAH RIGHT!!! Who was I kidding?!? UGHHH... So now I'm starting from scratch, but I have NO idea where to start!! I'm just totally and completely overwhelmed!!! I was thinking this might be a simple (well, not simple for me but for "normal" people) project to start with? Any thoughts, ideas or suggestions?? I would greatly appreciate any advice! You can email me at stampinmama7139 (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks so much!!! :) :) :)

P.S. I'm a COMPLETE perfectionist, so that's why I'm so scared to "dive-in" without knowing anything! said...

I love all the different textures. I'm featuring this in my Friday Favorites this week!

Angela said...

Great tutorial~ I'd love to share this on my blog (on Friday), I'm doing a post all about easy sewing projects/tutorials. Please let me know that would be okay!

Angela @ A little about A LOT

Brandy Camacho said...

I LOVE this. My soon to arrive granddaughter will LOVE it too! Although I couldn't get the pattern to open, I keep getting an internet error. Would you mind emailing me the pattern @

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Kelly J said...

Hi! My name is Kelly and I blog at Just Another Project ( I am working on a round up post of sewing projects for baby that use up leftover scraps of fabric. I would love to include a link to your star taggie tutorial. Would it be all right with you if I included your link in my round up, along with a photo from your tutorial?

Leslie Lim said...

Thank you for posting some kind of information. It was really helpful since I am doing some research now.


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