I don't understand what well of inspiration I'm dipping into here, but I'm continuing to explore all facets of the origami star. This time I wanted to see if I could make the origami star out of fabric. To stiffen the fabric, I ironed it on to freezer paper. The freezer paper backing made the fabric easy to finger-fold, though I did iron the creases for extra sharpness. As with the paper stars, the uses for the fabric origami star are just endless: ornaments, garlands, wreaths, tree toppers, gift tags, etc.
Five squares of fabric (I used a charm pack of coordinating fabrics)
Step 1: Iron freezer paper on to the back of each fabric square and trim off the excess freezer paper around the edge of each square.
Step 2: Place a freezer paper-backed piece of fabric right-side down on the ironing board. Fold fabric in half and iron to make a stiff crease.
Step 3: Fold in half again to make a square and iron flat.
Step 4: Open up fabric, placing on ironing board with freezer paper side up. Fold top right corner down to center and bottom left corner up to center and iron flat.
Step 5: Fold bottom right corner up to center, iron to create a stiff crease, and then fold back down.
Step 6: Fold top half of square down at center crease and iron.Step 7: Fold left corner up to center, iron a stiff crease, and then fold back down.
Step 8: Follow steps 2 through 7 for the four remaining fabric squares.
Step 9: Attach first two pieces by inserting creased triangle on piece two into slot formed by piece one. Fold piece two up at crease.
Step 10: Insert triangle on back into slot as well and fold at crease.
Step 11: Sew a straight seam to attach pieces.
Step 12: Follow steps 9 through 11 to attach the remaining pieces. The last fabric square will attach to the first one. You may need to fold each of the creases again and iron to make them extra sharp.
Step 13: Place button at center of star. I used a vintage button that looks kind of like a yo-yo, with the top slightly larger than the bottom.
I believe these types of buttons were used with shirtwaists, but I'm not sure. What I do know is that they are the perfect button for the fabric star. You could also probably use a shank button and insert a short length of toothpick or other thin cylinder through the button hole to keep it on.
Step 14: Sew on a short length of rickrack or ribbon to serve as the hanger for the ornament, and your star is ready to hang!