Add star quality to your table with these twinkly place holders, wrapped in twine so you can add your own name cards.
This free step-by-step tutorial was first featured in our Christmas Makes book with issue 36 of Simply Sewing magazine. If you’d like to make all 14 projects from the book, it’s still available to download through our Digital Issues via the Simply Sewing app. See more of Anna Alicia’s designs over on instagram @aalicialondon
How to make your own Christmas table place settings
You will need…
For one star
- Cotton fabric: 20x40cm (8x16in)
- Polyester fibrefill
- Pretty twine or cord: 1m (1yd)
- Thin card: 3x5cm (11⁄4x2in)
- Gold machine embroidery thread
- Matching thread
- Basic sewing kit
- Gold gel pen (optional)
- Download our free Christmas Decorations sewing patterns here
- Use a 1cm (3⁄8in) seam allowance throughout.
Step one: Download and trace around the star template and cut it out.
Step two: Fold the fabric in half with right sides (RS) together.
Step three: Place the template on top and draw around it using an erasable pen or chalk.
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Step four: Pin the fabric together along the drawn lines through both layers.
Step five: Cut out the star 1cm (3⁄8in) outside the drawn lines all the way around.
Making the star
Step one: Sew the two layers of fabric together along the drawn lines, leaving a 4cm (15⁄8in) turning gap at the end.
Step two: Trim the outer corners and snip the inner corners about 1-2mm (1⁄16in) from the stitching, taking care not to cut through any of the machine stitches.
Step three: Turn the star RS out through the turning gap.
Step four: Fold the edges of the turning gap to the inside.
Step five: Stuff the star lightly with polyester fibrefill through the gap. It should be slightly puffy and not very full.
Step six: Slip stitch the turning gap closed.
Step one: Using gold thread and a machine zigzag, stitch around the star 1cm (3⁄8in) in from the side seams to decorate.
Step two: Wrap twine or cord around the star several times, making sure you finish with both ends at the back.
Step three: Tie the ends together and trim any excess.
Step four: Write your guest’s name on the card in gold gel pen and tuck it into place amongst the twine crisscrossing the star.