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moravian star ornament with free pattern

By Hatun Comak → Saturday, September 26, 2020

 

Here is a beautiful ornament called moravian star 

 The moravian star ornament looks complicated and tedious at first to make but the detailed instructions with photographs will help you figure out how to manage points and seams. When you prepare diamonds just start sewing them together and you will find out your way. The moravian star ornament is so nice and elegant that it worths making one. Besides, with right colour choices you can make it a Christmas ornament. It is also a perfect ornament to be gifted.



I have seen that beautiful moravian star ornament around and wanted to give it a try. The result is here. I think I have managed it well and to be honest, until the last pieces to add, I was not sure if I could make it successfully but it turned out well. So here it is! I also prepared a tutorial for you.

You will need:

60 1" diamond paper pieces. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD DIAMONDS TEMPLATE

The moravian star ornament finishes at 4" x 4 3/4"


Instructions

  • Download and print out the diamond templates. You will need 60 diamomds for a moravian star ornament.
  • Choose your fabric. I prefered green and red fabrics so that I can use it for Christmas. 
  • Lay out five diamod templates on the wrong side of fabric. You need five pieces to make identical one face of the star. You should use 1/4" seam allowance so arrange the templates accordingly.

  • Glue each paper down. The papers are going to stay in the stars for durability and stability. Cut the pieces with 1/4" seam allowance.
  • Glue the seam allowances. Flying tails may be a burden while sewing the pieces together, so folding tips may be good, but still they do not prevent you sewing diamonds  together.

  • Lay out five diamonds. Pay attention to the direction it goes. It will look like a star with a gap.  First sew two diamonds together and add one each time, until you sew five pieces. 



  • The last space gets pulled together and when you sew them you will have a basket-like shape with five stars point, as in the  image below.

  • You need to make 12 basket- like shapes, which is needed for a moravian star ornament.
  • Now it is time to join the basket-like pieces together. This time the stitching is on the outside. So the  stitches will be visible. You had better choose a matching thread.



  • Start sewing a pair and add one piece at each time. From the beginning and while sewing the pieces together, I felt that it wouldn't come together. However, pieces come together in the end to make a moravian star ornament. While adding pieces, just notice that each tip of the star has three diamonds coming together to form the point.


  • I added a hanging ribbon while sewing the last corner. 
I am pretty happy with the result. Although this is my first trial, I think I managed it well. I was suspicious while sewing the pieces together that it may not come together but it turned out well.



It is such an elegant ornament that I want to make more. But making a moravian star ornament is not a simple project to make. It takes time but worth it!
I would like to make one more with rainbow colors but I am not sure when.
It is your turn, just dig out your Christmas fabric  stash and start making your own moravian star ornament. Maybe it will  be placed at the top of  your christmas tree.