I had printed out a star shape on paper and cut it out, then had denim, pink and gray sweater scraps. I used washable marker to trace the star on each scrap.
|I'm not above tracing, no freehand for me!|
I can't draw to save my life, so I had to trace if I wanted my shape to even resemble a star. Plus, a star is an easy shape to cut, no rounded edges or fine detail. Once traced, I then cut them all out. There are two of each because I will be making this double-sided.
|Fourth of July scraps|
I cut them all out the same size and then determined what order I would stack these in. I really liked how the denim looked on top when I did Sweater Purse 3.0, so I decided, Pink, Cream, Denim. I took my paper star and drew lines about a quarter inch in with a ruler (yeah, I can't even draw a straight line without help) and trimmed it. Then I retraced the cream stars and trimmed and repeated again another quarter inch in and trimmed the denim stars.
|Second round of tracing|
I totally have Lucky Star from Madonna in my head right now. I heard she refuses to play her old stuff at concerts, is this true? I've never been to one of her concerts, but I had heard a rumor that she would charge the venue extra for her to play songs like Material Girl and Lucky Star. I love those songs!
Anyway, back to the trimming. I trimmed out all the stars so there are a total of six (6) stars. I then stacked them to ensure that was what I wanted.
|Star stacked action|
I thought it made sense to sew from top to bottom, so I sewed the denim to the cream then the cream to the pink. I did the sets separate. While I was sewing and thinking that there must be a better way to do this (they were not staying straight for me and so the stars came out a bit skewed), I snacked on one of my favorite snacks: Toffifay.
Toffifay is described as a caramel cup with a whole hazelnut dropped into, then a chocolate hazelnut filling covers the hazelnut and then it is topped with a drop of chocolate. I love these! Vince's mother eats these and I had never heard of them until she got me addicted to them. I can find them at Walgreen's and Joann's (strangely enough). Joann's sells them in a package of four, while Walgreen's sells them in a package of 15 (often at a buy one, get one free). Try them!!!
Again, I digress! The stars are finally sewn together. Like I mentioned above, they are not aligned as I had imagined and are a bit off.
|How do you read unaligned stars??|
I did not like that so much pink was showing; it also made these really large. I trimmed the pink to the cream star.
Now that the stars are stacked and trimmed I then put them back-to-back and took needle and thread and hand stitched them together with a whip stitch.
|The Stars Unite!|
Once the stitching was done, it was time to make this a key chain. In my kit of rivets, it contained some colored ones, rather than just silver or gold. Luckily, there was a red one. Vince did the honors of punching the hole and affixing the red rivet into the star.
Once the rivet was attached, then I took a key chain and attached it to it.
|A star is born!|
When I gave this as a gift, she said, "How did you know I love stars?" Funny, they were an easy shape. :-)