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Guest Tutorial: Janet’s Somerset Star Folded Card Decoration

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Today I’m very pleased to share Janet’s tutorial with you. Janet blogs over at Stitch N Sing. I actually know Janet in real life; she’s a student in my Patchwork and Quilting class at the college and she’s helping Savi to sing a verse of ‘O Holy Night’ by herself on Friday night in a concert in Fareham. Janet is very talented, both in sewing and in singing. The other day we were at her house while she practiced Il Bacio and Savi and I were totally blown away by her unbelievable voice and talent.

These beautiful greetings cards make wonderful gifts and are an ideal way to display your patchwork! It looks complicated but it’s actually easier than it looks. There is not much skill needed to make this. This is a traditional patchwork design called Somerset Star in the UK. It’s made by using small pieces of fabric folded to make triangles. Here is the instruction of making the Somerset Star Christmas card.

  • a piece of white or cream backing fabric , 7″ x 7″
  • a 6″ embroidery hoop
  • white fabric cut 12 pieces , 1.5″ x 2.5″
  • blue fabrics cut 16 pieces, 1.5″ x 2.5″
  • white thread
  • needle
  • a circle aperture card- circle 96mm Dia

Step 1

Turn under the top edge of each rectangle by 1/4″

Step 2

Fold the top corners to the middle to form a triangle.

Step 3

Create 12 white triangles and 16 blue triangles.
Tips: Use 2 different colours of fabrics to show the contrast.

Divide the fabric into four and draw a line from left to right and from top to bottom.

Step 5
Using an embroidery hoop to hold the fabric taut so that it doesn’t pucker.
Step 6

Position four triangles.

Step 7

Sticth the triangles at the centre.

Step 8

Stitch the triangles according to the order of numbers. Number 4 will be go back to the center on another piece of triangle.

Step 9

Stitch all the four triangles.

Step 10

Take your second set of blue triangles. Build up the next round of four triangles, placing them 1/4″ below the first.


Step 11

Build up another four of blue triangles overlapping the first.

Step 12

Take your third set. Repeat the same step as Step 10 for another round of triangles.

Step 13

Repeat the same step as Step 11 for another round of triangles.

Step 14

Continue to work in rounds, spacing the triangles over the previous round and in between until the design is complete.

Step 15

Complete the final round.

Step 16

Remove the star from the hoop and iron it on the ironing board.

Step 17

Trim off the extra bit and now you can create your card!

Step 18

Ta da! Here is your Somerset Star Christmas Card!

You can even play around with it by using different materials

in different pattern!

For more designs please visit here!
Thanks so much Janet! I hope you guys have fun making very special cards for your loved ones too – and if you do, add a pic to the I’m a SewHappyGeek too! Flickr group.

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7 thoughts on “Guest Tutorial: Janet’s Somerset Star Folded Card Decoration

  1. Beautiful!! I remember when I was younger my mother use to make pot holders from the same design. She taught me once how to do it but I couldn’t remember. Thank you for sharing it!

  2. Oh my,those are beautiful. Guess I have yet another project to add to my Very Long list 😉
    Thanks sew much for sharing!

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