If you have ever wanted to learn to felt but seemed overwhelmed by the process, this tiny project is just what you need to get your hands wet! And, it’s just in time for July 4. You can work up several of these to wear and gift on the day when we all enjoy watching those fireworks ‘shooting stars’. I’ll add some comments here that might make the process even easier if you are a person who doesn’t like to sew. Lainie’s original Shooting Star Pin is perfect just like it is. But, if you don’t want to sew, you’ll like my ideas too.
Lainie’s Tutorial shows, step by step, how to crochet the star, then felt it, and finally sew it to make it into the pretty pin you see here. If you don’t want to sew, here are the changes you can easily make. First, the single layer of felted fabric is usually sufficient to make a pin like the one pictured, so you can crochet then felt the piece and stop there, adding only a pin to the back. And, since the felted wool has a lot of integrity as a fabric, you can use hot or liquid glue to affix the pin ( I use a simple safety pin that doesn’t require any method to adhere it), sequins, and ribbon tails.
If you prefer the more dimensional look of the two layer piece Lainie’s has created but want to avoid the sewing, again, you can very carefully adhere the front and back with fabric glue. What works best is a combination of hot glue and liquid fabric glue. Apply the liquid glue first, then use a few well spaced tiny dots of hot glue and join the two pieces. The hot glue acts like a vice grip, holding the piece together until the liquid glue has cured. You can use this same two pronged glue technique in many crafts. The hot glues offer almost instant cohesion but may not be as durable (through washing or changes in hot and cold) as the liquid glues.
Making these tiny stars will be fun. You could sprinkle them with glitter (use some spray glue or even hair spray for this), embellish with embroidery if you’re so inclined, or add an edging of something glitzy that you adhere between the two layers when you’re joining them. Then, take the finished stars and wear them on your tee shirt, sew onto a headband, hang with nylon thread in your front window, or sprinkle some as a centerpiece on your picnic table for the holiday. Have fun with it!
By jd wolfe