I wanted to make some star-shaped Christmas ornaments reminiscient of antique PA pincushions I had seen. Here is an example of an Amish pincusion at The Cat Lady Antiques website:
Another example is on the Stonecroft Antiques website. This shape pincushion reminds me of a sea creature.
And here is the queen of the star-like pin cushions, an antique mariner's compass star pincushion:
I remembered also seeing a tutorial on how to to make a star pincushion done by Heirlooms by Ashton House blogger Kimber, here:
I made a smaller scale version and instead of using a template to cut my diamonds, I cut 1.5 inch strips, cut the end off at a 45 degree angle and then made 1.5 inch slices along the strip to form the diamond shapes. I pressed the antique and vintage fabrics that I use with spray starch before cutting; the stiffness really helped when with cutting and sewing the diamonds together. I stuffed the stars with polyester batting; it fluffs out nicely vs. cotton which I find get compacted and looks lumpy. A button in the center and a perle cotton string hanger finishes off the ornament. Beside the traditional red and green, I think the blue and white with a vintage glass button in the center is my favorite combination. Looks very wintery/icy/snowy.
Finshed ornament measures 5 inches from point to point.