Sunday, 4 December 2011

Hanging stars

Sometimes I do really silly things like entering discount stores and buying what looks like delightful white fabric serviettes with embossed poinsiettas, perfect for the Christmas lunch table.  I knew the fabric was synthetic but when I opened the package at home, I realised I had purchased something that would never go near anyone's mouth without leaving the equivilent of gravel rash behind.

Feeling rather annoyed with myself for thinking I had saved money for something beautiful to find out I had purchased something hideous, I put on my thinking cap to see if I could make something nice from something truly horrible.  This is what I came up with.

I down loaded a star template from the internet and cut out ten stars.  The fabric frayed terribly when I cut it.  Grrrr.  I pinned two stars together and attached the silver rickrack.  I sewed the rickrack at the front of the stars as the stitching from the sewing machine left big holes in the fabric.  Grrrr.  I attached some beads at the bottom and left some rickrack trailing.  I finished the stars off with some glitter glue on the edges to detract from the fraying.  I had the rickrack, beads and glitter glue tucked away in my craft supplies, so no extra money was spent.

Can you see those frayed edges?  I did my best to disguise them.
I have more serviettes to turn into something nice and was thinking of hanging fabric flower pom poms.  Do you think it would work?

I hope you are having a lovely weekend,

Anne xx


  1. I don't see any frayed edges. I think they look perfect! Beautiful garland!


  2. I'd like to award you 10/10 for persevering with it! ��

  3. Ha - that's the difference between you and me.
    I wouldn't have realized they weren't suitable til someone screamed out in pain whilst using them!
    I love what you've done with them though!
    And that's a clever little trick with the glitter to distract from the fraying.

  4. Hey Anne, nothing like a few sparkly stars to brighten things up...........

    A great way to recycle those serviettes too. A fabric pom pom might work as long as the fabric didn't fray too much.

    Head on over to Dottie Angel, she has posted a great tutorial on making her distinctive style of table runner, using doilies, serviettes etc. You might get some great ideas from her.

    Beautiful morning here, we've just been out and picked MORE berries, yum.

    Claire :}

  5. Very resourceful and very pretty too.
    Love from Mum

  6. You've done a great job of disguising the frayed edges, it looks lovely.

  7. ooh welll done those are beautiful.... as is your new profile picture !!! lovely xx

  8. They look fab!! I like the fraying, shabby chic is my favourite!!

    What about making one of those fabric wreaths with the leftovers? You can see some here:

    I keep meaning to make one myself....

    S x

  9. These are so pretty!! If the napkins could talk, they would thank you for turning them into a thing of beauty.


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