Welcome! I've been hand-stitching some little felt ornaments over the past few days and finally got one finished and photographed for a post. The star above is almost 4" across for one side tip to the other. I used three of five star die templates in the Spellbinders Paper Arts Stars Five set--numbers three and five to cut the outside front vintage cream star, number four to cut the inner harvest gold star, and number five to cut the cream back star. You could also go with just two layers and make the gold star the same size as the cream one, if you don't mind a two-toned edge. I used Papertrey Ink's 100% wool felt for the stars.
A word about felt: it is not all created equal, especially if you plan to die-cut it. I do sometimes buy other felt if I need a color that Papertrey doesn't carry, but I really like the weight and density of PTI's 100% wool felt. I have had problems die-cutting regular craft quality felt from the big box stores: it seems less dense and has more scraggly little filaments/hairs after being cut instead of cutting cleanly. So if you have tried to die-cut felt and have had real problems with it, it could be that you are using a less-than-stellar felt. . . Also, dies with more details tend to need a little extra finish-trimming, even if you use good felt. With the star, I did not need to trim anything by hand, With a snowflake die that I've used on another ornament, I needed to use detail scissors to trim a few places. Another hint: I run my felt through my Grand Calibur TWICE--forward, then backward before the plate makes it all the way through the first time--hope that makes sense.
I used a simple blanket stitch (great tutorial found here if you don't know how to blanket-stitch) to put my star together. I used some hand-dyed seam binding for the crinkly ribbon in the center, as well as some rusty bells for a splash of darker value in the center of all that light. This was a simple project--one that you can work on when you are in waiting rooms, sitting in a car, etc., a perfect little project for this time of year. That's it for tonight--thanks for stopping by!