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No-Sew Primitive Americana Fabric Stars – DIY Beautify

primitive fabric stuff stars

No sew primitive fabric stars finished with buttons, rusty bells and
stamped tags add charming Americana style to your home decor!

Have you been enjoying my
Patriotic Series? I have shared 5 new ideas so far and I have a couple more coming! If you’re
loving these Americana vintage style crafts, please let me know! Your sweet
comments keep me motivated!

Today’s craft combines fabric with coffee to get that primitive vibe. This
is a no-sew project YAY, and it’s easy but I do have a few tips and tricks
to share to ensure you get the best results. You’ll find those below.


Here’s the thing…I like old items and primitive decor, but if I’m being
totally honest, I find stained items cringy and don’t really want to bring
someone else’s dirt into my home!
My primitive crafts are designed to give the look without the actual

If that sounds about right to you, be sure to check out all my faux grungy
crafts and DIY projects!

How to make no-sew primitive Americana fabric stars


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There is something very satisfying about turning a few fabric scraps into a
beautiful piece of decor that looks as though it’s been around for decades!
If you don’t love vintage, you can just modify this tutorial to leave out
the grungy bits lol!

Supplies needed:

fabric, wood star, stamps, hot glue

Step 1 – coffee stain fabrics

If you love the grungy, primitive look, you’ll want to stain your fabrics to
get that primitive look. You can do a tea stain or follow this coffee stain
recipe below (this comes from my
Tracey of My Sweet Home Living).

Coffee Stain Recipe

In a mason jar, combine the following:

Shake to combine. You can store any unused stain in the fridge and it will
keep for several weeks.

Tip: if you are staining just a small piece, you can insert the
fabric into the jar of stain, as I did with
these primitive flags. For larger pieces of fabric, I added the whole jar of coffee stain to my
sink with an additional cup or so of water. I soaked three different fabrics
at the same time. The drop cloth and muslin really took the stain, while the
red ticking fabric could have been left in longer. Washing your fabrics
first will remove any sizing and allow it to soak up the stain.

How long to soak fabric in coffee stain?

The length of time you soak the fabrics depends on your personal preference.
Remember that the color will lighten as the fabric dries. I only left mine in
for about 5 minutes.

Step 2 – bake fabrics

Haha, I know what you’re thinking – what?? Yes, I did say bake! And I
know you’re also thinking WHY? Baking will slowly dry the fabrics, stiffening
it a little bit while also retaining the crumpled look you will get from
pressing out the excess coffee stain. So HOW do you bake your faux primitive

How to bake fabric

  • first squeeze out excess liquid from the fabrics
  • the trick is to set your oven at the lowest temperature, which
    will be around 170°
  • lay fabric out on a baking sheet (it’s okay to overlap the edges a
    little bit)
  • set timer for 15 minutes, then turn fabrics over
  • bake in additional 5 minute increments to prevent scorching
  • once dry (or nearly dry), remove from oven and let cool

Step 3 – trace and cut out stars

I used a 10″ MDF star from the dollar store to trace (see similar
You will need 2 fabric star cutouts for each star.

Step 3 – glue stars

Use your hot glue gun to attach the fabric stars together, leaving one end
open. Try to glue an even line around the fabric, creating the look of a hem.

Step 4 – stuff stars

Use small handfuls of stuffing to fill the stars. A small bit in the tips is
easier to work with than a large handful. I stuffed my stars so they’re nice
and firm, the end of a paintbrush or pencil can be helpful to really pack the
stuffing in there firmly. Once it’s tightly packed and stuffed (check both
sides for lumps and work those out with your finger), hot glue the star

Step 5 – fray edges

Primitive fabric stars should look slightly tattered and frayed! Use your
fingernail to scrape the edges of the fabric to loosen the threads and fray
it. Cut any long threads but leave the fray.

Step 6 – embellish

You could be finished, but if you want to add a few Americana style details to
your fabric stars, here are a few ideas and the products I used to get this

ink, stamps, fabric scrap

ticking stripe primitive star, flags

These primitive fabric stars look so cute and are the perfect finishing touch to
my Americana vignette! I think the small grungy one is my favorite! I like the
patches of dried cinnamon, which look like age spots but smell much better lol!

grungy fabric star, stamped book stack, flags

Primitive fabric stars make great shelf sitters, you can tuck them into a
tiered tray, basket or even use them in your hutch to add a little distressed

I hope you use this tutorial as inspiration to inspire your own creativity!

fabric stars, Americana embellishments

prim fabric stars, book stack, doilies, flags

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