When summer comes calling in my home, we tend to do a big clear out and our home veers towards being minimalist. “Stuff” is recycled, shelves are tidied, and some of the decorative items in our home are stored. I often don’t feel like making much craft at all and instead am pulled outside to watch my son ride his bike, bask in the warmth of the late afternoon glow or prepare light and fresh meals from local ingredients.
But, as part of our rhythm we sing or say a blessing. (Our current favourite is to say “itada kimasu”. This is what Japanese people say before a meal and which is loosely translated to mean something like, “I’m about to eat and enjoy your food.”) We light a candle each night before dinner, so a new summer-inspired craft piece was definitely due.
This summer tealight candle was inspired by the brightness of the first star we see each evening in the summer, and is an easy pattern to sew up. We hope you enjoy sewing one too.
Take a piece of your favourite coloured felt and fold it in half. I chose yellow but you can make it to your own taste. Trace around a plastic container with a diameter of about 10-12 cm.
Cut out two circles. Cut another circle from a contrasting colour slightly smaller than the original.
Glue the contrasting circle onto one of the pieces of yellow felt.
Sandwich the two outer felt pieces together and blanket stitch around the circumference.
Make a pencil mark on the top side of the felt (the one that doesn’t have the inner circle glued to it).
Pinch the top side of the felt together and make a small incision.
Use sharp scissors to extend that incision in eight directions to make a star shape. Each cut should be about 2-2.5cm long.
Lift the points and place a tealight candle inside the star shaped gap.
If the candle doesn’t sit flat, extend the length of the cuts slightly.
Thread a needle with the colour of thread that matches your contrasting piece of felt. In my case, orange. Fold the triangular petal backwards to the outer circle. Stitch the tip of the petal to the circular felt, embellishing with a small bead or sequin for a pretty effect.
Continue around the circle until each petal has been sewn down.
This simple Star Tealight Candle holder can be as simple and understated as mine, or you may continue adding embellishments, embroidery stitches, glitter and sequins for a jazzy summer affair.
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