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4th of July Star Felt Pin

Guest Author - Tamara Bostwick

Last year, I designed a Patriotic Felt Flag Pin in the shape of a heart. This year, I wanted to do something a little different so I put together a layered star pin that can be made out of felt only or in a more primitive, raggy style using cotton quilting fabrics. The photo to the right shows how the two versions will look when complete.

Click to open the Patriotic Star Pin templates (the file is a .pdf, you will need Adobe Acrobat to open the file). The templates will print on a standard 8 1/2" by 11" piece of paper. Hit "back" to return to this page.

Project Supplies

For the raggy fabric version, you will need:

For the felt only version, you will need:

  • Red, white, and blue felt
  • Red, white and blue embroidery floss (I happened to have metallic silver and metallic red embroidery floss handy, and I like the sparkle that it adds)
  • Embroidery needle
  • Sew-on pin back (1 1/2 inch long)

4th of July star pin

Cutting instructions - Raggy Fabric Version

  • From blue felt, cut two stars using the largest template.
  • From blue patriotic fabric, cut one star using the largest template
  • From white fabric, cut out a medium sized star
  • Cut the smallest star from the red fabric.

star pin supplies

Sewing Instructions - Raggy Fabric Version

  • Place the blue fabric star on top of the blue felt star and match up the edges
  • Put the white fabric star on top of the layered blue felt and fabric pieces so that the white star is centered inside the blue star and pin in place.
  • Using red sewing thread, stitch around the inside of the white star, 1/4 inch from the raw edge. On my example, I used a reinforced straight stitch which sews each stitch twice, making it look heavier and more visible. If you prefer, you can use a regular straight stitch and sew around the star two or three times to make the seam more obvious.

star pin sewing instructions

  • Now, place the red fabric star on top of the white star so that it is centered.
  • Using blue sewing thread, stitch around the inside of the red star, 1/4 inch from the raw edge.

star pin sewing instructions

  • Apply your layered and sewn star on top of the remaining piece of blue felt and align the edges (don't worry if some edges are sticking out, you can trim it up when you are finished).
  • Using white sewing thread (use blue thread to match the felt in the bobbin), stitch around the inside of the blue fabric star, 1/4 inch from the raw edge. Be careful to not catch the edges of the white star as you go around. Use a straight pin or an awl to move the white fabric out of the way as needed. On this seam, I stitched around the edge three times so you can see the difference in how the two types of stitches look.

star pin finished

  • Using scissors, cut a small snip into the inside points of each fabric layer (not the felt layers). Using your fingers, rough up the edges of the different fabric layers to make them fray slightly.
  • To finish the pin, sew the pin back on using blue thread.

star pin finished

Cutting instructions - Felt Version

  • From blue felt, cut two stars using the largest template.
  • From white felt, cut out a medium sized star
  • Cut the smallest star from the red felt.

Sewing Instructions - Felt Version

  • Center the red felt star on top of the white felt star, and using white or blue embroidery thread, stitch over the edge of the red star to attach it to the white layer (I just used a straight stab stich instead of a blanket stitch). Make three stitches around each point to hold it firmly in place.
  • Center the red and white stars on top of one blue felt star and using red embroidery thread, stitch around the edge of the white star in the same fashion.
  • Place the layered star on top of the remaining blue felt star and blanket stitch around the edge to attach all of the layers together. Stitch into each point three times for full coverage of the point.
  • To finish the pin, sew the pin back on

star pin sewing instructions

This would also be a great project at Christmas time as well. Use red, green and white fabrics and add a hanger to make this a Christmas tree ornament!

Happy Sewing!

Looking for supplies to make the holiday felt pins? Amazon has everything you need!

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