Pojagi Christmas Countdown – Star Ornament


This project is a great example of three-dimensional pojagi.  It only uses the basic pojagi seam, but with great impact.  To make this, you need handkerchief linen in three different colours and size 8 Perle cotton.

Make a 1″ square template with cardboard, and trace with a Hera onto the linen.  Be sure to leave 1/4″ seam allowance for each square.  You will need five each of three different colours.

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Cut them out and finger press the creases.

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With the first colour, join two pairs using the pojagi seam.

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Join the upper squares of these pairs with a pojagi seam.  The lower squares are not joined.

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In the bottom opening, join the fifth piece.  Sew from the edge into the centre.

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Complete the seam from the centre down the other side of the square.  The five squares should now all be joined, meeting in the middle.

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Repeat with the second colour.

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Take one square of the third colour and join two sides of it to the edge of one of the stars.

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Join the rest of the squares in the same way.

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Join the other sides of the edge squares to the other colour star.

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Leave one piece open.

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Insert stuffing through this opening.  Stuff it firmly.

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Stitch the opening closed.

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Bring thread up near the centre of one of the stars, but in fabric — not the hole in the centre.

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Put it in at a place across the centre on one of the other pieces.

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Bring the needle all the way through and out near the centre of the other star.  Pull the thread firmly so that the centres of the stars are squeezed together.  Take 4-5 stitches between the top and bottom, moving the needle around so that the stitches join different parts of the star.  Don’t make them on top of each other.

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Move the thread through the inside of the ornament, and come up at one of the inside points.  In the same way, take a few stitches at the point of the star, pulling the thread firmly.

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Repeat on all the inside points of the star.

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Knot the thread, and bury the knot and the end of the thread on the inside.

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Tie a loop of thread, and it’s ready to hang!

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Check out more pojagi Christmas projects HERE.

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Elizabeth DeCroos

Elizabeth DeCroos

designer, teacher, speaker

Elizabeth enjoys doing all types of sewing and needlework and teaching others new techniques. For more information or to have her speak to your group click HERE.

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