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Project

Fabric Balls

These luminous fabric-covered ornaments are made without sewing a stitch, so they are the perfect project for kids old enough to work with pins. We covered the balls with satin, taffeta, and velvet and finished them with metallic-silver ribbons and twine.

Materials

  • Fabric balls template
  • 2- and 3-inch Styrofoam balls
  • Fabric
  • Ribbons, rickrack, and/or cord
  • Straight pins and pearl-head pins
  • Pearl beads, tassel balls and tassels
  • Craft glue
  • Sewing shears (for cutting fabric) and embroidery scissors (for cutting trimmings)

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Using our template as a guide, cut out six sections of fabric for each ball on the fabric's bias (diagonal to the grain).

  2. Step 2

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    Place a fabric section on the ball, stretching it pole to pole, and secure it with one pin at each pole. [See image 2 above.] Place the second section directly opposite the first, and pin it at each pole. Sections should meet or slightly overlap at poles. Pin remaining four fabric sections so that the ball is completely covered. Trim any excess fabric trim with embroidery scissors.

  3. Step 3

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    With ribbon on its spool, pin ribbon's end at top pole, wind it around ball to cover seams, and pin it again at top pole; cut loose end. [See image 3 above.] Repeat two more times, covering remaining seams. If ends of trimmings fray, apply a dab of craft glue. You can use the same wrapping method to add strips of silver twine to the ball, one centered on each section.

  4. Step 4

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    To finish the top, stack a pearl or bead on a pearl-head pin, then add a loop for hanging. Cut silver twine to desired length, dab glue on ends, and run pin through both ends of twine. Dip tip of pin in craft glue, and insert in ball; let dry before hanging. To finish bottom, add beads, pearls, or a tasseled ball to a pearl-head pin. You can embellish the sides by attaching beads and sequins with more pearl-head pins.

Reviews (6)

  • hausmouse 16 Nov, 2011

    3rd post tonight because I am on a Xmas ornament project tear! The rickrack and ribbon trims make these ornaments really stand out, and the best selection is on Etsy: search on ribbon trim, or go to my favorite:
    http://www.vintage-ornaments.com/craft-supplies/ribbons-trims

  • Sheryll 5 Dec, 2010

    Excellent ... thank you HamNCheexNLuv..........

  • Texpenguin 3 Dec, 2009

    You should also check your print settings. Often, it defaults to 'fit to page' or 'scale to fit', so your templates will not print at the correct size. Be sure to you select 'print at original size' or 'no scaling' in the print dialog before printing any template.

  • HamNCheezNLuv 10 Dec, 2008

    You didn't cut on the bias. Finding the bias took me years to master and my mother still scolds me sometimes when I'm off. Find the bias, and the fabric should lay flat. Good luck! :)

  • EmilyM28 17 Nov, 2008

    I cannot figure out how to get the fabric to lay flat around the ball. First of all, the template given for 3" balls was way too big. Even when I figured out the right size template, the fabric would not lay even close to flat - looks nothing like the picture! It bulges out from under the ribbon and looks like a five-year-old did it. I am so disappointed because they are beautiful, but seemingly impossible to make.

  • EmilyM28 17 Nov, 2008

    I cannot figure out how to get the fabric to lay flat around the ball. First of all, the template given for 3" balls was way too big. Even when I figured out the right size template, the fabric would not lay even close to flat - looks nothing like the picture! It bulges out from under the ribbon and looks like a five-year-old did it. I am so disappointed because they are beautiful, but seemingly impossible to make.