Homemade Christmas Ornaments
"Patchwork Christmas Ball"
Submitted by Melinda Chapman of TN
This is an ornament that my sisters-in-law and I began making
several years ago. We have made a variety of colors and
personalized them to fit our tastes and decor. I have given them as
gifts as well as taught friends how to make them. These are now put on
my children's Christmas tree, as they will inherit these as their special
ornaments some day. These are simple to make once you make one. My
seven year old daughter can easily help in making them.
2" Styrofoam ball
Scrap material cut in 2 in squares
Pearl beads with hole
Begin with a 2" Styrofoam ball, use stick pins
to attach 2" square fabric to the ball directly across from each other
on the ball. Next choose one side of the ball to work with at a time.
Use a matching piece of fabric insert the pin in
the center of both pieces of fabric, fold the 2nd piece of fabric in half
(hiding the pin) then pull the corners to fold into a triangle, pin each
Continue to do this on all four sides of the material.
Begin the second layer of material with a coordinating fabric
coming about 1/2 way down the material that is attached to the ball.
You will continue to pin all corners, folding and pinning as with the first
Repeat with a 3rd layer of material to complete side 1.
Once one side is complete, repeat on the 2nd side, then trim
with lace, ribbon or other decoration.
To attach the hanging ribbon I weaved ribbon back and forth
on a Florist Pin, arranged it then hot glued it into the top of the