Folded Star Stencil: Lesson 1

We are about to begin a new way to make folded star blocks. Join us and get a feel for how to use our new Folded Star Stencil.  It's a versatile tool that has many uses, but before discussing those, let's get the basic technique down. 

Pick two fabrics that have contrast but go together in a nice way, such as these combinations:

Downton Abby Fabric (2013) from Andover
Fabrics that show contrast or light and dark features work best.

Fabrics that show contrast or light and dark features work best.

Supply List:

  • 8 Squares 5", make into 8 prairie points.
  • 9" Square of fabric that contrasts with prairie points.
  • Folded Star Stencil Tool from PlumEasy Patterns
  • 9" Square of cotton batting or InsulBright
  • 1 Sttrip of fabric to match prairie points, 2.25" x width of fabric for binding
  • Pen to mark with such as a Frixion Pen
  • Thread, sewing machine, and normal sewing supplies.
  • Spray starch
  • Iron and ironing board

Step 1

Begin by making 8 prairie points.  Fold your square in half, wrong sides together.  Fold one corner over to bottom edge to create a 45 degree angle, then fold the other side to create a triangle. 

This is illustrated below:

The bottom edge (raw threads) should be straight across, and all 8 prairie points should be exactly the same size.

The bottom edge (raw threads) should be straight across, and all 8 prairie points should be exactly the same size.

Things to note:

  • Use spray starch to help avoid fraying and stretching.
  • Trim off threads if there is a lot of fraying.
  • Prairie point 45 degree sides are on the bias and are very flexible/stretchy.
  • Prairie points should be the same size for the whole set of 8. Trim to make even if they are not identical.
  • The wide part of the prairie point is the bottom, the folded tip is the top. 
  • The prairie point is used with the fold facing up.

A tool I highly recommend is the Prairie Point Pressing Tool.  It helps create perfect points. We sell this in our Online Store.

Prairie Pointer is made by Susan Cleveland

Prairie Pointer is made by Susan Cleveland

Step 2

I like to call this step the Place and Trace.  You will see what I mean.

The block foundation is simply a square of fabric.  The fabric will need to have the stencil trace marks drawn onto it.  

  • Lay your 9" square of foundation fabric on a flat surface.
  • Place the Folded Star Stencil on top of it, holding it securely.
  • With a pen, trace the corner marks first, then the "T" lines for the 8" size block.
stencil lines only.jpg

When you lay your foundation fabric, it should be smooth, not wrinkled. 

Once you trace the T marks, you will take the prairie points and put them on top of the lines with a dab of water soluble glue.  Place the wide part of the prairie point on the short line, and point the tip toward the center.  The wide part will overlap the next prairie point.  Continue around the whole circle using all 8 prairie points.


Position prairie points on short line, pointing them toward the center of the block. Straight up on the long line.

Position prairie points on short line, pointing them toward the center of the block. Straight up on the long line.

All 8 prairie points around the circle will create a star.  The star takes on the look of the foundation fabric.

All 8 prairie points around the circle will create a star.  The star takes on the look of the foundation fabric.

Next, top stitch around the edge of the prairie points. This creates an octagon block. 

Sew around the sides of the prairie points to create a star hot pad.

Sew around the sides of the prairie points to create a star hot pad.

You can add Magic Corners to create a square block, or leave it octagon shaped.  Baste the outside raw edges to keep layers together.  Trim excess foundation fabric.

With your first EasyStar you've learned the first step to using the Folded Star Stencil.

Step two will take it up a notch and give you something else to light your creative fire.

Enjoy!