Countdown to Christmas: Gift Wrapped Star

I love this time of year and especially all the festive projects on the Modabakeshop. It’s time to break out the seasonal fabrics and make your favourite quilts and gifts.  Today it’s my turn on the Countdown to Christmas sew-a-long and I will be showing you how to make this cute block – Gift Wrapped Star. The block is made with a combination of piecing and an easy paper pieced unit (the star points are an odd shape so it makes it easier and more accurate to piece).

This block finishes at 6″ x  6″.

1 – 5″ x 5″ square of green print

1 – F8 (9″ x 22″) each of red and white print


From the green 5″ x 5″ square cut:

  • 8 – 3/4″ x 1 1/2″ strips (F)

From the red 9″ x 22″ F8 cut:

  • 4 – 2″ x 2″ squares (A)
  • 8 – 2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangles (B1 and B2)
  • 5 – 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ squares (E)
  • 4 – 1″ x 1 1/2″ rectangles (G)

From the white 9″ x 22″ F8 cut:

  • 4 – 1″ x 2″ rectangles (C)
  • 8 – 2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangles (D1 and D2)



Block Centre

  • Lay out the block centre.
  • Sew a 3/4″ x 1 1/2″ (F) strip to both sides of a 1″ x 1 1/2″ (G) rectangle. Press seams towards G. Make 4 – F/G/F units.
  • Sew a 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ (E) square to both sides of an F/G/F unit. Make 2. Press towards E.
  • Sew an F/G/F unit to both sides of a 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ (E) square. Make 1. Press towards E.
  • Sew the rows together. Press seams open.

Block Border

  • Paper piece 8 – half square rectangles.
  • Place a 2″ x 3 1/2″ red print and a 2″ x 3 1/2″ white print, right sides together.
  • Place a paper template on the back of the red piece, leaving 3/8″ seam allowance. Pin in place. Note the position of the red on the template.
  • Reduce stitch length to 1.5 (makes tearing the paper off easier). Sew on solid line between red and white triangle from top to bottom of paper template.
  • Trim seam back to 1/4″
  • Turn unit over and press.
  • Trim unit to 1 3/4″ x 2″ by cutting on outer solid line.
  • Gently remove paper.
  • Make 8 units in total.

  • Sew a  paper pieced unit to both sides of a 1″ x 2″ (C) rectangle. Make 4 – D/B/C units.
  • Sew a 2″ x 2″ (A) square to both sides of a D/B/C unit. Make 2. Press towards A.
  • Sew a D/B/C unit to both sides of the block centre. Press seam open.
  • Sew rows together. Press seams open.

This block finishes at 6″ x 6″ (unfinished 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″)

Make 9 and create a mini quilt or table topper.

I added a block to a drawstring back to fill with presents.



Jane Davidson

18 comments on “Countdown to Christmas: Gift Wrapped Star

  1. Myrto Vlassopoulou says:

    I tried to print the pattern but I realized that there is no such possibility. Same thing happened with your previous pattern. Aren’t we supposed to print the patterns offered or there’s something wrong with me?

    • Mary says:

      At the end of the post, before the comments and above the “About Jane Davidson” is the phrase “Printer Friendly Version”. Maybe that is what you are looking for. Hope this helps.

  2. Carol Thomas says:

    Hi, I can’t seem to get through the link to the template.

  3. LINDA says:


  4. Daunita Drake says:

    I can’t print the template

  5. Deborah Denny says:

    I have been taking screenshots,of the patterns so I can make,that when I,have more time. They are adorable.

  6. Coral says:

    I clicked on Moda bake website. Then I found the Christmas Star pattern where I was able to click on “print one copy of paper piecing templates” which allowed me to print out the templates. Perfect.

  7. Lisa Calle says:

    For those of you having trouble getting the paper piecing template, I have added it to the Printer Friendly File so please try downloading that again.

  8. Marianne Perry says:

    If you are using scraps like me (from 2002!), you can cut the rectangles for the triangle units smaller. I cut mine 1 3/4 x 2 3/4″ and used a 1/4″ seam allowance and still had to trim off each side.

  9. Jennifer says:

    can’t find the Dec.2nd. ”countdown to christmas” pattern
    hope you can help
    many thanks

  10. Chris Mott says:

    I have tried twice, and cannot get the last part to come out like a rectangle. They look more like squares. Not sure what I am doing wrong. Any help would greatly be appreciated. My center turned out, its the part with the templates. I cut each out and placed like you have, but after I sew on the line, I cut and then its a square…

  11. Kyra Franz says:

    This is a beautiful star block. It’s too bad I still can’t get it to print.

  12. Dona says:

    I have printed out all other blocks from Countdown for Christmas, but this one will not print by hitting Printer Friendly spot.

  13. Dianne says:

    Will there be a layout of the blocks? I have loved finding your patterns each day. Thanks so much for sharing them with us.

  14. Mary Bailey says:

    Very Frustrating Instructions! When I printed the paper piecing templates and cut the fabric on the solid line – my 1/2 square triangles do not come out to 1 3/4 x 2″. They are more like 1 3/4 x 1 3/4. Is there a trick to printing the paper template???

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