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Scented Star Ornament

painted for an aged, vintage look

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Grubby Prim Star

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This sewing project was generously donated by and printed here with permission. You may use it for your personal use only. To see more primitve crafts and folk patterns visit: The Pitchy Patch

Making a grubby ornament, whether for the holidays or any time of year, is fun and only takes a short while to finish. Painting and stuffing are two parts of this craft project kids love to participate in. The paint used is non-toxic, so it is safe to let children join in and share the fun.

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Also see:
Holiday Patterns
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Star Size

The star pattern is approximately 4" x 6". Enlarge or shrink the pattern, using a copier, to suit your needs.


Pattern & Instructions

The pattern and instructions for this project are available as a pdf file. If you need instructions on using pdf files, go to  PDF Instructions.

Download Star Pattern - pdf file

Project Supplies

* star pattern (see link above)
* 2 pieces of muslin, each measuring 7" to 8"
* A few flat paint brushes also known as "brights" at least 1/2" wide (or other paint applicator)
* One fan paint brush
* Folk Art brand acrylic paint. Colors: #649 Warm White, #602 Country Twill, #940 Coffee Bean
* Cookie sheet
* Paint rags & old jar/container
* Fragrance oil (optional)
* Poly Fill or other filler
* Cotton embroidery thread & needle for finishing
* 1 inch rusty Tin Heart or other decorative accent (optional)

Sewing Supplies

sewing scissors
quilting pins
large sewing ruler
fabric marking pencils
seam ripper
rotary cutter and mat (optional but nice)


Step One: Trace the star pattern onto one of the muslin squares.

Step Two: Overlay the muslin squares, with the edges matched up in preparation for sewing. The piece with the traced pattern should be on top. Pin the two pieces together around the outer edges.

Step Three: Straight stitch on your sewing machine, or by hand, following the pattern outline. Stitch on the drawn lines. Leave about 1.5" open (for turning) somewhere between the bottom two points. Cut out the star, cutting 1/4" from your stitched seam.

Step Four: Set up paints, rags, and container of water in preparation for painting.

Step Five: If scenting your ornament, set aside a few drops of fragrance oil in a small dish or container.

Step Six: Turn your sewn ornament right side out through the open hole, and lay the ornament flat on the cookie sheet. I use a cookie sheet with a lip around it so no water or paint gets on the table.

Step Seven: Ah, time to paint. Start with your base color: Warm White. Paint the front and back sides warm white, making sure to get the seams too. When satisfied with the color saturation, add quick splashes of Country Twill here and there to give it that aged, grubby look. Do this to both sides. If you want an even grubbier look, add some Coffee Bean colored paint, or a burnt sienna to some of the points and seam areas.

Painting Notes: Thin out your paints with water before brushing the colors on. The paint in this craft is used more like a stain. Keep in mind though that this is the creative part, so there's no right or wrong way to do it. What's important is to play with the paints and have fun with it. Stop when it looks right to you.

* To scent your ornament: dip your fan brush into the oil. Wipe any excess off on the rim or your container. Lightly brush oil over both sides (front and back) of your painted ornament.

Step Eight: After you have finished painting, lift your ornament from the sheet and set out flat to dry. Lay it out on a surface that is disposable or easy to clean.

Step Nine: Once the ornament is dry, carefully prod open with a stuffing tool-- I use hemostats for prying and stuffing. Then stuff.

Step Ten: Carefully fold the edges of the opening under, then pull them together to close the seam. Close with a blanket stitch, and continue blanket stitching around entire outer edge of the ornament.

Step Eleven: Sitch a loop onto the back of the ornament if you wish to hang it.

Step Twelve: Using Fabric or other crafters glue, add a 1 inch rusty tin heart to the center of your star. Stitching a homespun bow is another cute and quick option.

Voila! You're done! Now you have a lovely handcrafted ornament perfect for hanging, stuffing or, when accented with a prim tag, gift giving! Enjoy!

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