It’s been nearly an entire year since I last completed any craft projects, isn’t that sad!! I’ve had a lot of trouble getting motivated and I kept choosing projects which were too complicated or took too long to complete. So I’m here to show you a little project I’ve just finished :o)
It’s getting closer to Christmas (53 sleeps!) and we don’t have anything nice to put on top of our Christmas tree. Being a fan of video games, I thought it would be really cool if we could put the invincibility star from Super Mario on top of our tree! And lo, my first crafty project in a long time was born.
I decided to sew it, despite being terrible at sewing. Crocheting would be too complicated and I knew I’d give up half-way through. So here is my finished felt invincibility star Christmas tree topper!!
The sewing is pretty bad, it’s a bit wonky and the stuffing is a bit off, but I think it looks okay! And if we get a really tall tree, no-one’s going to see it properly anyway!!
To make the star I found an 8-bit picture of the star, drew a grid on a bit of card and then traced out the outline. I then cut it out using a craft knife to make myself a template. Here’s a picture of my template:
One square in the grid is 1cm by 1cm.
I drew around the template onto two bits of yellow felt, cut out the shapes then started on sewing the felt together with yellow thread. I should probably have pinned the felt together to avoid them being wonky, but I didn’t think of doing that.
Half-way through I thought I’d better make some eyes! I cut out two little bits of black felt that seemed the right size, glued them on with Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue then left it to dry for a few hours under some big books.
Once dried, I carried on sewing! A bit further along I realised I’d need a way of sticking the star on the tree. I cut a strip of yellow felt and sewed this on the back. Here’s a picture of the back of my star:
It doesn’t look so great but hopefully no-one will ever see the back of the star ever again.
I sewed for a little while longer until there was just an arm of the star (do stars have arms?) left. I poked in some stuffing until he looked plump enough, although I did my best not to over-stuff him as he was starting to crinkle around his…armpits? If stars have arms, they have armpits too. And then I finished off sewing!!
I enjoyed making this little guy, even though it was simple and he doesn’t look great. I’m hoping that this will give me a kick up the bum to do some more crafting :o)
Here are a few more pictures. I hope you like him:
– 1 x sheet of yellow felt
– A little bit of black felt
– Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
– Big books to squish the glue down
– Sewing needle
– Yellow thread (Gutermann Colour 106)
Things I learnt:
– I’m not great at sewing, I could do with practicing.
– When sewing two bits of something together, pin them together!
– Use decent quality felt (this felt was from Hobbycraft and seemed a bit thin)
– Stars have armpits