We will be putting our MakeArt Christmas tree up this weekend and inspired by a lovely follower on twitter, we decided to put together a post about these fabric covered bauble decorations.
For this project we used:
- 8cm Poly ball
- 2 festive cotton fabrics
- Festive ribbon
- Short pins
- Cutting mat
- Roller cutter (or scissors)
- Ruler and pencil
We chose two fabrics that contrasted, but you can use a mixture of any colours you like. We have used an 8cm polystyrene ball in this tutorial, and for this size of poly ball you will need at least 16″ x 12.5″ of each fabric if you choose two fabrics.
You will need to cut out 16 2.5″ x 2.5″ squares of your first fabric. Measure and mark at 2.5″ along one side of your fabric.
Cut the strip you have marked out using scissors or a roller cutter and mat.
Mark out 2.5″ intervals across the strip and cut, continuing until you have 16 small squares.
You will also need to cut 2 large squares of the same fabric measuring 3.5″ x 3.5″
Cut 20 2.5″ x 2.5″ squares in your contrasting fabric. If you have a larger or smaller poly ball just use a greater or smaller number of squares to decorate it.
First, pin the four corners of one of your large squares to the bottom side of your poly ball. If you can see a seam in your poly ball, use this as a guideline by pinning the four corners along the seamline.
Next, take one of the small squares in contrasting fabric
Fold your square in half to make a triangle
Fold your triangle in half again.
Pin the top two corners of your triangle to you poly ball, the point of your triangle should be at the centre of the first piece of fabric you have pinned to the ball.
Make 3 further triangles in the same fabric and pin in the same way so they are all level and point to the centre of the first fabric.
Make a triangle from your first fabric, in the same way as done with the contrasting fabric above. Pin this triangle about 1/2 an inch up the ball and so the point rests between two of the contrasting triangles already pinned. Also ensure you cover the pins on the triangles below
Pin 3 more triangles in the same fabric all level and 1/2 inch up the ball with the points resting between the contrasting triangles.
Repeat this process, pinning four of each colour triangles on each layer at 1/2 inch intervals up the ball.
After pinning all of your triangle layers to your ball you will be left with a square at the top. We wanted our contrasting pattern to continue so we made sure our last layer was in the cream fabric before adding the final top square.
Place a pin in the centre of your other large square of fabric. You can find the centre by folding in half in to a triangle in both directions. Where the fold lines cross will be roughly the centre.
Pin the centre of your fabric square to the top centre of your ball.
Fold the sides of your large square in by about 1/2 inch so as the leave a neat finish to the edge of the fabric.
Use about 2ocm of Ribbon the make the loop for your bauble and pin into place on the top of your bauble.