- 1/4 yard, or a fat quarter, of the main fabric (pink in this example)
- 1/8 yard, or a fat quarter, of an accent fabric (green in this example)
- 3" diameter Styrofoam ball
- 1/2" sequin pins
- glue gun
- narrow ribbon (approximately 6" depending on preferred hanging length)
- 1 button with a flat back (preferably with 2 holes)
- sewing machine or needle and thread (or you can substitute glue - sewing is optional)
- iron and ironing board (optional)
- rotary cutter, mat, and ruler (optional, but handy)
Step 1: Cut 26 2.5" squares of the main fabric and 16 2.5" squares of the accent fabric.
Step 2: Fold all of the accent squares and 24 of the 26 main fabric squares in half and iron. Two squares of the main fabric should remain flat and square.
Step 3: Fold the rectangles into triangles and iron. The point of the triangle should be the folded edge of the fabric. The long flat edge should be the open side.
I iron them all at once:
Optional: You can avoid the ironing if that seems like too much work, but then each triangle has to be done individually as you go. Just take a square and fold it in half, pinching enough in the center so that you can see the crease when you unfold it.
Center the pin as best you can and place it right above the crease. Pin the piece into the ball, fold into a triangle, and pin in place as shown in step 6.
Step 4: Now unfold each triangle and add the pin. It should be placed just above the crease so it exits through the back of the triangle. You don't want it exiting through the tip of the triangle or it won't lay flat on the ball.
Step 5: Lay one of the squares of fabric over the ball. This prevents styrofoam from showing through between the triangles. You can pin the corners in place if you like.
Step 6: Pin the triangle in the center of the ball. Pin each flap of the triangle at the top where the folds meet and pin down the corners. Add 3 more triangles to complete the first ring. Due to the curve of the ball, the corners of the triangles will overlap a bit.
Step 7: Start the second ring by pinning four of the triangles 1/2" out from the center. A clear ruler is very convenient for this step, but not necessary.
To achieve the proper overlapping effect, pin the first four triangles in this pattern, pinning at the top where the folds meet. You don't need to pin the corners because they will be held down by the next four triangles in this ring.
Add the next 4 triangles. I save pins by ever so slightly overlapping the two flaps of the triangle and pinning them both in place with a single pin.
The second ring is complete!
Step 8: Repeat the same process as in step 7 for the third ring.
Step 9: Start the next side by centering the other square of fabric on the opposite side of the ball. Measure from each corner to the edge of side 1 to make sure the square is properly centered. If the square is not centered, the two sides will not meet up properly. Repeat steps 6, 7, and 8.
Step 10: Now both sides are complete!
Trim off any triangle corners that may overlap the other side too much.
Measure the distance between the pins on side 1 to the pins on side 2. This is the gap that needs to be covered. Mine usually ends up being about 1/2".
Step 11: Create the binding to cover the pins and raw edges of fabric. The circumference of a 3" ball is about 10" so I make mine about 12" long to give myself some wiggle room. To make it 12" long by 1/2" wide, start with a piece of fabric 12" x 1.5". Sew a tube with a 1/4" seam allowance.
Turn it right side out and press so the seam is centered.
Optional: If you don't sew, you can glue the binding together to hide the edges. I've also used ribbon to cover the gap.
Step 12: Start gluing the binding in place, with the seam facing the ornament so you won't see it.
When you get back to the beginning, overlap the starting point just a bit and snip of the extra.
Step 13: Thread the ribbon through the button and glue the ends if the ribbon to the back of the button. (Sorry, not a very good color contrast here. I prefer two hole buttons, since only two of the button holes get used.)
Step 14: Glue the button to the ornament where the binding meets to cover the seam.
Ta da! You're finished!
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