8 Pointed Patchwork Star Sweatshirt Tutorial

Adding a patchwork 8 pointed star to the shoulders of a sweatshirt is a great way to elevate a plain sweatshirt into a unique and personalized piece of clothing. Whether you're an experienced seamstress or a beginner, this project is simple and can be completed in just a few hours. In this blog post, we will go over the steps to create and attach a patchwork 8 pointed star to the shoulders of a sweatshirt.

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Materials Needed:

  • Sweatshirt
  • Fabric scraps in various colors (I used 4 fabrics for each star)
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Fabric pencil or marker
  • Fusible interfacing
  • Pins
  • Applique foot (optional)
  • Materials for Patchwork Sweatshirt

Step 1: Create the 8 pointed star template.  (Attached here is the template we used which is a diamond shape). I used raw edge applique, for turned applique, you will need to add a seam allowance. 

Template for 8 pointed star

To create the your own 8 pointed star template, start by drawing a large square on a piece of paper. Using a ruler, draw a line diagonally from the top left corner to the bottom right corner of the square. Repeat this on the opposite side, creating an "X" shape. Next, draw a line from the top right corner to the bottom left corner of the square, and repeat on the opposite side. This will create a star shape. Cut out the star template and set it aside.

Step 2: Iron a piece of fusible (enough for 4 diamonds per fabric) onto each of your four fabrics.

Step 3: Cut the fabric scraps Using the template, cut out eight identical pieces of fabric in different colors per shoulder.  So 16 pieces altogether. 

Diamonds for 8 point patchwork star

Step 4: Remove the backing from each piece and position onto the shoulders insuring that your diamond edges don't go into the neckline.    Press the stars onto the shoulder. Tip: I used a wool pressing mat and used pins to easily make the sweatshirt stay in position while I pressed. 

Remove Fusible Backing by peeling paper offIron 8 pointed star to the shoulders of the sweatshirt

Step 5: Attach the star to the sweatshirt. Note:  I used my applique/open toe embroidery footfor this which has a clear attachment, making it easy to see what I'm doing as I topstitch. We sell this in our 32 piece set.

 Applique Foot

 Sew around the edges of the star. I used a topstitch and went around each diamond to secure.  You could also use a zig zag stitch.  Tip: Using the freearm of your machine helps to keep the fabric from bunching up underneath as you want the shoulder to still be free from stitching both sides together. 

Stitch the patchwork star to the sweatshirt

Topstitched patchwork star

Step 6: Enjoy your new patchwork sweatshirt! Once the star is attached, your new patchwork sweatshirt is complete! You can add additional details, such as embroidery or beads, to further personalize your sweatshirt.

Star patchwork sweatshirt

In conclusion, adding a patchwork 8 pointed star to the shoulders of a sweatshirt is a fun and easy way to upgrade a basic piece of clothing. With just a few simple steps, you can create a unique and personalized piece that is sure to stand out. So grab your fabric scraps and sewing machine, and get started on your new patchwork sweatshirt today!


2 Responses

Jane S Cunniffe

Jane S Cunniffe

June 05, 2024

Love this idea!!!



June 01, 2023

This is adorable!

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