A Mini Tutorial – Pressing Tiny Stars

It took a few completed star blocks to figure out my favorite way to press them. This is what works best for me.

When piecing, I leave all the seams free by poking the needle through the seam to the other side instead of crossing over it and sewing it down as in machine piecing. By leaving the seams free I can press them anyway I want when the star is completed.

Stitched and ready for pressing (wrong side view)

Stitched and ready for pressing (wrong side view)

Stitched and ready for pressing (right side view)

Stitched and ready for pressing (right side view)

Working from the wrong side, start on the lower right hand corner. Use your finger or stiletto and working counter clockwise, smooth the seams away from you, pressing a seam at a time with the tip of the iron. Avoid getting the iron on the very center, we’ll go back and get that seam later. In general, I am a fan of steam, however, I turn the steam off during this step because I don’t want scorched fingers. Note to lefties: You might have better luck starting in the lower left hand corner and pressing clockwise, try it, and let me know if it works.

Start in the corner like this

Start in the corner like this

When you reach the upper right hand corner, press one more seam with the iron pointed toward the upper left hand corner.

Continue one seam at a time until you reach this point

Continue one seam at a time until you reach this point

Rotate the block so the next seam you will press is now at the lower right hand corner. Repeat, smoothing seams and pressing, rotating the block as needed. Rotating the block helps avoid getting the hand holding the iron into an awkward position.

Rotate the block pressing the seams into a spiral

Rotate the block pressing the seams into a spiral

The pressed seams will spin counter clockwise.

Press the final seam open. Don’t worry if it looks a little wonky.

Press  the center seam open

Press the center seam open

Flip the block over and give it a good pressing from the front side, with steam and a spritz of light spray starch, if you’d like.

Press from the right side

Press from the right side

There! A lovely little star block, pressed and ready for the “finished” pile!