Archive for February, 2013

February 25th, 2013

Wax-dipped German Froebel Star Ornaments

by Julie Hirt

Back-blogging part zwei. Ha! I’m such a nerd – that’s German for 2.

According to Wikipedia:

A Froebel star (German: Fröbelstern) is a Christmas decoration made of paper, common in Germany. In English it does not have a commonly recognized name; it can be referred to as Advent star, Danish star, German star, Nordic star, Pennsylvanian star, Polish star, Swedish star, Christmas star, or Froebel star.It is also sometimes incorrectly called a Moravian star, but the Moravian star has at least 26 tips instead of the 16 tips of the Froebel star.

For some reason I went a little crazy with stars over the holidays.  I made Waldorf Stars, fabric froebel stars (one dimensional) and these traditional wax dipped stars.

First I experimented with magazine pages, kite paper, newspapers and even maps from old books I use for crafts.  I love how each star was different depending on the size of strips or the weight of the paper.  You could string some up and make a festive garland or bunting.  If you use thin paper (like newspaper or origami)  you can double the width, then fold it in half to create thicker strips to work with.


The star pictured above was one of the smallest of the stars I made. I played with paper strips ranging from 1/4″ to 1″.  I found the 1/2″ to 3/4″ size to be my favorite. The 1/4″ just frustrated the crap out of me!  About halfway through I just smashed it and had to collect my thoughts. And have a bottle glass of wine.

After folding about a dozen of these I was pretty confident in my star making abilities.  Traditionally Froebel stars were dipped in wax and sprinkled in glitter.  Glitter!  That’s something I don’t have a chance to play with very often.  My six year old self wanted to come out so I went and bought a big block of wax and an assortment of glitter.

I cut up enough kite paper strips in multiple colors to create a couple dozen stars and went to work.  Working in an assembly line fashion I folded them all, then dipped and glittered (my favorite step). Be sure to have your liquor of choice on hand when folding. It makes the process even more enjoyable.


It was so fun playing with all of the color combinations but I think the white star with iridescent glitter was actually my favorite! Or the hot pink one.


I made a couple dozen fashioned into ornaments to give to myco-workers.  The ornament hanger was very useful as I could hold it when I dipped them in wax.


If I make these again this December, and I have a feeling I will, I will be sure to take pictures of the process so I can provide some direction.  There is plenty of help out there in internet land on the folding, but not so much on the wax dipping process.

Get glittery!

February 25th, 2013

Game Boy Costume

by Julie Hirt

Time for a little back-blogging.

Made this Game Boy costume for a friend of mine for Halloween. She had spied something similar on Pinterest and it was SUPER easy to make.  Get some stretchy material and make a simple tube dress.  Then cut out the felt pieces and sew them on!


Don’t have a picture of the night she wore it, but luckily we snapped this one when she was trying it on. I think we still had a couple of adjustments, but it turned out pretty cute.

February 19th, 2013

Weekender Bag Fabric Choices

by Julie Hirt

It’s taken me a while but I’ve figured out (and ordered!) my Weekender Bag fabrics.  I’m SO totally excited!  I saw Pink Chalk Studio’s bag and I about died from a love overdose on the fabrics.  Aren’t they perfect?  They Echino plane and Melody Miller phone…  *sigh*

I don’t fully trust myself to patch piece anything I’d truly love, so I decided to go with solids and mix up a few fabrics (and stealing some choices from Pink Chalk).  Since I LOVE all of these I figure I can’t go wrong.







  • Lizzy House Pearl Bracelet in Cosmonaut – Top, sides and side pockets
  • Carolyn Friedlander Architextures Text in Navy – Main side panels
  • Lizzy House Supernova in Purple – Large side pockets
  • Carolyn Friedlander Architextures Hatch in Plum – lining and exterior pocket linings
  • Robert Kaufman Quilter’s Linen in Midnight – Piping and handles

At first I was going to use some fat quarters from my Tina Givens Opal Owl bundle, but I wasn’t totally into it.  And for me to attempt this bag, I need to be.  Can’t wait for my fabric to arrive!

February 18th, 2013

Crochet Edged Superstar Quilt

by Julie Hirt

WARNING – Picture heavy post!


For some reason I just had no desire to finish this thing up.  I got this idea in my head that I really wanted to crochet a border for a quilt.  When we were on vacation in Florida the home we stayed in had a beautiful quilt with a crocheted edging, so I just had to make one.



I’ll tell you what, trying to figure it out frustrated me to death.  First I bought an awl, then after playing with scraps realized my fingers would fall off before I punched all the way around a quilt (3 layers, ya know!).  I knew I didn’t want to blanket stitch all the way around. So I kept playing around with scraps and finally came up with something I was happy with, and wasn’t totally time consuming.



Recently I posted my pattern for my Superstar quilt and wanted to try something for the quilting. Following Oh, Fransson’s orange peel tutorial, I found it was relatively easy.  Now, don’t look too closely!  It was definitely a practice but I really like how it turned out.  Off kilter circles and all.

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This quilt had a series of firsts for me:

  • Coming up with a pattern for the star with a single charm pack
  • FMQ the orange peel
  • Round quilt corners (just traced a cup and cut!)
  • Mitered corners on the border
  • Crochet border / binding

The crochet quilt edging definitely did not save time from traditional binding, but I love the look of it and it’s worth the effort.  Although, I’m not sure I’ll try it on a large quilt!  star7

To make the crochet edging I assembled the quilt a little differently.

  • I made a sandwich by stacking batting, backing (pretty side up) and quilt top (pretty side down). Sewed 1/4″ all  the way around leaving a 6″ gap for turning.
  • After turning I hand stitched the gap closed.
  • Then I stitched 1/4″ all the way around (after finishing, I realize this step can be omitted).
  • Then I pulled out my overcast M foot – pretty handy! I don’t really make clothing and such so I’ve never used it. Over-lock stitch all the way around the border.  (This is why the last step was unnecessary) This creates a nice little zig zag with thread overlaying the outer edge. I suggest using  a matching thread.

Now the tricky part.  Pull out a small metal crochet hook (I used 3.25mm) and thin yarn. Red Heart Baby Sheen was a nice size for me, it’s a fine yarn.

Between each overlock stitch there is a thread on the outside of the quilt, on the very edge.  Put your hook between under that thread and single crochet.  At first it seems really strange until you get going. I noticed where the thread makes a “V” on the blanket is directly below where I wanted my crochet hook.  This step takes a little time but you can do it.

After Single Crocheting (sc) all the way around, pick your design!  I chose a simple scallop pattern:  *5 DC, skip a stitch, slip stitch, skip a stitch and repeat from *.  When you get to the end you may have an extra stitch or two but just slip stitch to your beginning DC and tie off.



I just love the texture this created. If you know of a better method for adding a crochet border, let me know!  I did NOT want to blanket stitch all the way around, it just looks kind of messy to me.

February 6th, 2013

Waldorf Star Variations

by Julie Hirt

For the holidays I went a *little* crazy with paper stars.  I made some Waldorf Window stars, German paper stars and even some fabric versions and a bunting.

Here are a few versions of the Waldorf stars that really brightened up our windows. After you understand the initial concept (see my original post) it’s so fun to play around with color and shapes.


The ONLY supplies you need is the colored kite paper, some type of glue (I like rubber cement) and your fingers :)


Now that I’m seeing these again I want to make more and put some up. Are they ok to have up year ’round?


They easily adhered to the windows with a little rubber cement. When you take them down the rubber wipes off like a breeze. I am storing them in a round hat box for safe keeping.


The wax dipped German 3D stars and fabric stars are a completely different style and I’ll do a separate blog on those tomorrow.  They are all SO addicting and fun!


February 5th, 2013

Weekender Bag Pattern

by Julie Hirt

Gack!  The pattern arrived in the mail today.  I’m actually terrified of making this bag after reading reviews about the pattern all these years.  This pattern is what first got me interested in sewing a couple of years ago.  I’ve decided it’s go time and nothing can hold me back. Right? Eeek.




I still have NO CLUE what fabric to use, I think that’s my biggest hold up at this point.  I’m going to use Oh, Frannson’s patchwork panels to avoid some of the interfacing. I’ve been reading so many tips and tricks and have my little list ready. Still pretty daunting… wish me luck!



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