Learn to cut and sew a 3D 5 pointed star
This is a fun and easy project to make and with the Holiday season just around the corner is it a great time to make some of these stars. The stars are great made in wool felt as they have some substance and they will show as being nicely dimensional. You could also make them with fabric but I would starch and iron it or perhaps use something like Beacon’s Stiffen Stuff to make it nice and crisp.
You will need: paper, pencil, ruler, protractor or set square to make 60 degree angle, compass or large circular object, scissors, felt, needle and thread.
You can buy a protractor or set square at a stationary store or raid your kid’s math kit and borrow theirs. I bought an inexpensive kit on Amazon that has everything in it including a compass for drawing circles, a protractor for measuring angles and two set squares. It all packs into a small case and I use it a lot.
To begin draw a large circle. The outside of this is just a bit bigger than the finished star so, if you want a star about 3 inches across make your circle a little bit bigger – say 3.25 inches.
Draw a line across the circle exactly through the middle of the circle – this is the diameter. Now use the protractor or the set square to measure a 60 degree angle from the diameter on either side and draw two more lines across the circle so you divide it into six pieces.
Join up each of the points to the point that is 2 to its left and 2 to its right using a ruler. Then join up the lines inside the middle of the shape to end up with a drawn shape that looks like this:
Cut out the six pointed star shape out of one piece of felt – yep! I know, we’re making a 5 pointed star but you need to cut 6 points to make it dimensional – trust me!
Before you remove the paper, crease the paper along the lines shown below and make one additional cut from between two points through to the middle of the star:
Remove the paper and let’s work with it for now:
Fold it so that the two pieces either side of the cut are positioned on top of each other. As you do this, push the middle of the star outwards so it looks dimensional. You will see it now looks like a 5 pointed star – tape or glue the paper into this shape. You can do the same with the felt piece only you will just pin the felt.
Place the paper star on top of a second sheet of plain paper and draw around it to make a pattern for the 5 pointed star.
Cut out the 5 pointed star shape from a second piece of felt. This will be the backing for the star and it will hold the shape firmly in place.
Pin the two star shapes together – the dimensional one and the flat one. I attached them together with blanket stitch but you can use whatever stitch you like. From here you can continue and decorate your star as you like.
This overall concept of turning a 6 pointed flat star into a 5 pointed dimensional star can be used for other star shapes – you can turn a 5 pointed star into a dimensional 4 pointed star, or a 7 pointed star into a 6 pointed dimensional star. Enjoy!