Hi Gals! Looks like I'm running a Christmas series, doesn't it? And I seem to have a thing for Reindeers at the moment too. Thanks for all the love you expressed for my Reindeer Cookies
Can't believe I'm getting all festive and it's still only November.
I haven't made one of these patchwork baubles for 25 years and I haven't seen them around in the blogosphere either, so I thought I'd share this 'too easy' Christmas decoration with you. Make it with the kiddos or make it on your own. I found myself sitting at my kitchen bench singing Christmas carols, as I pushed the fabric into the foam ball with the back end of some tweezers and feeling a real lift in my spirits. I am usually not that full on into Christmas, so this was a break through for me. It's amazing how this blogging can motive and inspire a new love of the season.
I am becoming a regular at my new found store love, Spotlight It's cheap and cheerful and has lots of great crafting supplies. I managed to just get my hands on the last four foam baubles available, until their new shipment arrives. When styling anything, one should stick to odd numbers, whether it be flowers in a vase or baubles on a tree, but today through necessity, I am breaking my own strict rules.
What you will need is:-
Some foam balls. Any size will do, but I used 75mm or 3 inch balls.
At least three different pieces of fabric. I have chosen beautiful 100% cotton with a Nordic theme.
Pearl topped pins to secure the ribbon.
Nail file or tweezers to press the fabric into the balls.
Cut the fabric into squares. Again size doesn't matter greatly. Obviously the bigger the ball the bigger the square. Mine were about 7 cm or 3 inches square, but by the last ball the squares were getting bigger, so as to cover the ball more quickly.
Place the fabric on the ball and start pushing it into the foam with the back of the nail file or tweezers, starting about 1cm or 1/2 inch from the edge of the fabric. There is no need to make a perfect shape, but I started to make a rough circle. Trim the fabric if needed but it's best to start with too much overhang as excess can be trimmed where necessary.
Use a contrasting fabric next to the one you have just pushed into the ball. Sometimes you will find that the same fabrics meet up towards the end, as the ball becomes completely covered. If you have the choice of a fourth fabric, you can avoid the same fabrics meeting up.
Once the ball is fully covered, choose your favourite profile of the bauble ensuring you can see at least a glimpse of all you fabric choices. Decide where your ribbon (15cm or 6 inches) will go. Push the ends of the ribbon into one of the cracks and secure with a pin, pushing it in diagonally making sure it catches both ends of the ribbon.
These baubles will eventually be on my big tree, but I'm not that enthusiastic...it's no up yet, so I put together a little cypress tree for the coffee table. It really needs more baubles, but you get the idea.
I hope you check out my other quick and 'Too Easy' Christmas ideas and recipes at the top of my side bar throughout December. The list will grow as I get more inspiration.
Lord knows we need all the help we can get at this time of year, turning ourselves inside out to make it a great season for all whom we are close to. For better or for worse, Christmas lunch is at the Beach House this year, so I better get my Beach Christmas hat on. Our family is 20 strong....yikes!!!!! Hope my new found enthusiasm will get me over the line.
Today I am partying at
Share The Love Wednesday
House of Hepworths