It seems that getting the center of the star to lay flat is the part of sewing stars that is the most difficult. The construction of eight-pointed stars can, however, be made very straightforward by employing a few straightforward methods.
I recently shared a piece of advice on my website that demonstrated how to cut off the points of triangles so that it would be simpler to fit them together. This piece of advice is especially helpful when it comes to stitching together half-square triangles.
If, on the other hand, you are going to be sewing diamonds together, you will not need to remove the points from the tips of your pieces.
A quilting instructor from many years ago mentioned that in order to increase the likelihood of the star laying flat, it is best to stitch the points of the star together in pairs first, so that the final seam is a simple straight seam through the center of the star.
The following is a detailed, step-by-step walkthrough that will show you how to use that method to sew together an eight-pointed star.
In this particular illustration, the seams are opened up by pressing. If you press the seams to one side, the star won’t lay as flat as it does when you do this. If, on the other hand, you decide to press your seams to one side, you will need to ensure that they all face the same direction around the star in order to maintain the flatness of the star.
|The first thing you’ll want to do is join together any star points that are paired up. Put the right sides of your diamonds together, and then stick a pin through the side that will be sewn. This is especially useful in the event that the precise positioning of each diamond is essential to the overall design. When it came to my design, I wanted every other diamond section to have a blue stripe running down the middle of it.|
|Stitch the diamonds together, allowing a seam allowance of a quarter of an inch between each one. You are going to have a total of 4 pairs of diamonds. After pressing the seam allowances open, trim off the little pointy tips that are left over. The pair on the left was taken before any of the tips were trimmed. After the points have been trimmed off, it looks like the one on the right.|
|The following step is to take the paired diamonds and stitch them together into a single diamond. Put the pieces so that the right sides are touching, and then place a pin in the spot where you will sew the seam. Sew the pairs together, leaving a seam allowance of a quarter of an inch.|
|The illustration on the right portrays the two halves of the star from the incorrect orientations. This step occurs after you have stitched together the two sets and are now prepared to sew the final seam. Open the seam allowances by pressing them. After ensuring that the correct sides are facing each other, the final center seam can be sewed.|
|Complete the seam by stitching it and then sewing the two halves together. Simply by pressing the seam allowances open, you can make your star lie completely flat.|
|Diamonds are used to craft the portion of the finished star that is located to the right of the star’s center.|
|The completed star with eight points. The diameter of this star is approximately 24 inches across, measured from the tip of one point to the tip of the point directly across from it. In order to complete the shape, the next step is to insert triangles and/or squares into the spaces between the points.|
Check out the following article: Cutting Diamonds with a Template if you didn’t catch the one about how the diamonds were cut.
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