Stitched Star Ornament

by Amy Kunkle

Stitch nested die cuts together for a unique ornament.


  • Cardstock (double-sided patterned cardstock works best, DCWV Autumn Leaves 6" x 6" Paper Stack used here)
  • Nesting dies (any shape, Stampin’ Up!® Star Framelits used here)
  • Washi tape or quilters tape
  • 1/16” circle punch
  • Twine
  • Die cutting machine
  • Sewing machine


  1. Step 1

    Line up the nesting dies on the platform of your die cutting machine. Ensure your dies do not overlap, taking time to separate them evenly. Run through the machine.

    A magnetic platform is helpful for keeping the dies in place and spaced evenly.

  2. Step 2

    Carefully remove the dies from the paper, leaving the cut stars in place. If they fall apart, just put them back together like a puzzle.

  3. Step 3

    Use repositionable tape to tape down a line just to the right of the stars' center line. You will use this as a guide when you’re stitching, but mainly it will keep your stars together.

  4. Step 4

    Bring your stars over to your sewing machine and drop your needle in just above the top point of the star. This will get your stitches started. Sew through the middle of the your five stars.

  5. Step 5

    Carefully remove the cut stars from the outer cardstock, and take off your washi tape. If the thread doesn’t come apart from the outer star shape right away – just unthread it using your fingers. You can also free up the stars from each other, allowing them to spin/turn freely.

  6. Step 6

    Tie a double knot at the top and bottom of the star and trim off the excess thread.

  7. Step 7 (Optional)

    Punch the top of the star with a 1/16” hole punch and thread twine in to create a new loop for your ornament.

  8. Step 8

    Complete the project.

  9. Step 11

    Embellish the card as desired. For the sample, additional die cut leaves were added to the frame.

    Be sure that embellishments do not hinder the spinner mechanism.


Your Turn

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Questions and Comments

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Very nice, something to make other than cards. love it. thanks
Diane Mishko  |  Wed Dec 7, 2016 at 4:55 AM
Nice creation. My granddaughters would love these hanging from the ceiling in their room.
FeM  |  Wed Dec 7, 2016 at 7:50 AM
What a GREAT tutorial and VERY VERY FUN Project. Thank you! Just in time for handmade ornaments exchange I am going to next week.
Pssequimages  |  Wed Dec 7, 2016 at 8:21 AM
I LOVE these and how perfect that I just bought a set of nesting stars!
Gail (mamaxsix)  |  Wed Dec 7, 2016 at 8:40 AM
Great job Amy!
Susanne Gleason  |  Wed Dec 7, 2016 at 9:42 PM
This is such a cute idea, Amy! Thank you for the tutorial. I think I need to invest in some star nesting dies.
Merry Christmas
Renie  |  Thu Dec 8, 2016 at 9:19 AM
Thank you, Amy, for an excellent project for my Christmas class. My ladies will love this.

I'm going to yes these instead of bows on my Christmas packages so there's a little extra gift!
Mary Dennis  |  Sun Dec 11, 2016 at 10:02 AM
Very nice! Can't wait to make a few. Thanks for sharing.
Melanie  |  Fri Dec 16, 2016 at 12:39 PM
Nicely done!
Creagirl  |  Wed Dec 12, 2018 at 11:38 AM

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