Hello all! I'm Melissa and my little corner of the virtual quilting world is over at Happy Quilting. Feel free to swing by for a visit. (In fact, I am having a giveaway that ends later today, so you might just want to head over and enter, but of course, finish reading here first :) I am so excited to be posting here at Stash Manicure. I love reading all of the amazing things that can be done with a bit of fabric. I just started "stashing" about 9 months ago. Here is where I am today :)
It is not huge, but compared to my non-existent stash just a little bit ago, It is huge. My husband teases me about it all the time :) I keep my notions and my WIP in the baskets above. I love to arrange my fabrics by color. It reminds me of the Yankee Candle Shop. (I love that place, beautiful colors and great smells, a fabulous combination :)
So That is my stash, not much to write about :) With that in mind, I decided to do a little Scrappy Christmas Ornament Tutorial for my post today. First, the disclaimer. This is not my original idea. I learned it about 6 years ago from a friend, who learned it from a friend and so on and so on. Who ever came up with it, I love it and thought you might enjoy it as well.
Scrappy Quilted Ball Ornament
What you will Need
( 1 ) 3 inch Styrofoam ball 1 foot lace or ribbon
(12) 2.5 inch square pieces of base fabric Lots of straight pins with flat heads
(16) 2.5 inch square pieces of middle fabric Hot glue
(16) 2.5 inch square pieces of border fabric Ribbon or sting for a hanger
Step 1 - Begin by selecting the fabric that you want to be the center of the design. Place 2 squares wrong side together and pin to the ball at the four corners
Step 2 - Grab another base square of fabric and fold in half and then in half again. (Right side out).
Open it up and place a pin from the wrong side of the fabric through the center of the square. Pin this to the center of the square on the Styrofoam ball. (when pushing in the pins, it helps to use the eraser of a pencil, trust me, your finger will thank you :)
Step 3 - Fold your square down into a rectangle with the pin on the inside of the fabric. Then fold the 2 corners of the rectangle down to the opposite edge. Place 4 pins along the bottom edge.
Step 4 - Turn the ball 90 degrees and repeat steps 2 and 3 three more times. Your ornament should look like this.
Step 5 - Find the opposite side of ball and repeat steps 1 through 3. Finding the opposite side can be a little tricky and it is important so that it turns out the same. The best guideline is to measure from one pin to another on both sides of the ball. You want it to be the same distance apart :)
Step 6 - Pick your second fabric or middle fabric. Continue with the same folding pattern but start the second row approximately 1/2 inch out along the centerlines of the first row. Place all 4 pieces.
Step 7 - Once the 4 main pieces are down begin placing the pieces on the diagonal. The easiest way to figure out the placement is to draw an imaginary line between the two points of the folded fabric already placed. Then place the point of the fold about a 1/4" below that line. Repeat for all 4 diagonals.
Step 8 - Flip the ball over to the other side and repeat steps 4 and 5.
Step 9 - With the final fabric or border fabric repeat steps 4 through 6, once again measuring out about 1/2". All of your pieces on both sides should meet around the center of the ball or close too.
Step 10 - Hot glue the ribbon around the ball so that it hides the unfinished edges and pins. Make a hanger out of ribbon or string and secure it to the ornament with pins or hot glue.
And you are done!! Now you have an adorable Scrappy Quilted Ball Ornament that didn't require any quilting. Super fun and super cute!!
The combinations are endless. I made this one for my daughter's first Christmas and added a cute little Pillow Tag to remember it by.
I think next I will be making an all scrappy one in different reds, greens, and whites. I would love to see what you make. When you are done your Scrappy Quilted Ball Ornament feel free to upload a picture on to my Tutorial Flickr page.
Thank you so much Madamm Samm for having me here as a guest blogger at Stash Manicure. I love this blog and am honored to be posting here. Until next time, Happy Quilting!