Ready to start the ornament challenge? Me too!
Last year, we had hundreds of people participating in this Challenge. But....
... the other day when I sent out the Frequently Asked Questions email and asked who was doing the Challenge (which I've done for the last couple years)....
we had even more people than last year replying they were doing the Challenge. Each year I'm more amazed than the last!
And I'm so super excited because I love seeing everyone's ornaments. It's easy to put off making these sometimes, but this Challenge really seems to inspire people to get going on them, and it always makes me - and YOU - so motivated!
As always, we're starting with the easy one: The Basic Star Pattern!
We're starting with this pattern because it's nice and easy. And also, it's awesome. ;)
This is the one that's based on the old-fashioned ‘Quilted Star’ technique that has been around forever and ever. Over the years, I changed it up a tad and put my own little spin on the techniques I use to make it. I started calling it the 'Basic Star' because once you master this one, our other patterns will seem so much easier.
And guess what? If you're new to this, you can learn how I make them, for free (yes, FREE). I have a 3-part video workshop, teaching this pattern step-by-step. I'll lead you through it all.... what you need, what to do, and how to finish it. Click RIGHT HERE for the videos.
So, I'm actually totally cheating this year, but I'm giving myself a pass because not only am I hard at work on the upcoming bundle (wait til you see it!) but also, last year, I'd made TWO versions. (The Basic Star can be made in SO many ways).
The two ornaments below almost look like 2 different patterns, but there are actually only TWO differences: I did a different number of layers on each (one has three layers, and the other has four), andI put the fabrics in a different order. You can also vary this pattern up by simply widening layers, or bringing them closer together.
TIP: Make a layer wider if you've got a fabric with a larger print on it.. so more of that print will show.
That's what I LOVE about this pattern – just change the order of fabrics, or the width between layers, or one of a zillion other details... and you will be able to create totally different looks.
Your challenge is.... to make your own Basic Star Ornament using your 3 chosen fabrics.... you can arrange your fabrics like I have above, or better yet, mix it up!
Remember, if you don't know how to make the Basic Star, you can learn it for free right HERE.
Then, show me what you've got by posting it on Instagram using the hashtag #OrnamentGirlsChallenge so we can all see it!
(And, if you're an Ornament Girls Club Member, please post it in our private FB group!)
I'll see ya in a week, with Challenge Pattern #2.
p.s. If you bought your foam ahead of time based on the Supply List I gave you, this week uses an 8-Lined Ball. But, don't worry if you don't have a pre-lined ball... this one can either be done without lines, or you can draw your own.)
p.p.s. Here are some of the OG Team's Week #1 ornaments: