I’ve wanted to try my hand at making these beautiful no sew quilted ornaments for awhile now. It looks like it took hours to do but in reality it only took me a little under an hour to make. It took me longer because I stopped to take pictures of every step.
Three inch foam ball
Fabric – I did a half yard for each one and didn’t use it all up.
Approximately two hundred and twenty pins or more.
Ribbon to go around the ornament and ribbon to hang the ornament.
Pick out your fabric. Make sure you get a good contrast. If you pick colors that are similar to each other the design might get lost. You could do two layers or three. It’s up to you. I did three in my ornament. You could purchase a jelly roll which will make coordinating your colors so much easier. Usually they are in two and a half inch strips. Going this route just cut them in two and half inches. You could also use two and a half inch ribbons. This gives you a lot more possibilities.
Cut your fabric. I’ve seen other tutorials that say to cut at two and one-half inches and I’ve seen others that say three inches. I did mine at three inches. So you want to cut them in a square. You will need eight squares for the inside layer and sixteen each for the other two layers. So there will be forty squares total.
Note: I can’t cut a straight line. You should already know this by now but anyways, this is how I cut my fabric to make it actually straight. It’s a bit quicker too. So line up your fabric on the lines on a self healing mat. Use a ruler as a guide. Follow along the ruler with your rotary cutter. Make sure you use even pressure as you cut. Then turn your strip and cut again. You will have a perfect square.
To find the center of each square, fold it in half and then fold it in half again. Pinch the folded corner so there will be an indenture in the fabric. Now push a pin through the back side of the fabric in the center. Push the pin down into the foam ball anywhere on the first one.
Fold the fabric down so it is a rectangle. Next fold the top right corner down. Place a pin in the corner and then another pin in the middle down towards the bottom of the fabric to hold it down. Now, do the same for the other side. You will use two hundred pins in the ornament before you put the last little bit of ribbon accents on. That’s a lot of pins.
Repeat step three on the other side. When you push the first pin in, make sure it’s right up against the first one. It will look kinda like a bow tie. Keep repeating until you have all of the first layer done. The first layer will need four squares and will end up being a square.
Moving on to the next color place the pin starting on your first triangle down about a half and inch or so. It doesn’t really matter at this point. You just want the lines to match up. When you move on to the next one, always go to the opposite side. Place that one in the same spot that you did on this one. Work your way around until you get your four triangles down.
On the next layer, you will be using the same color as the last layer. You will turn the ball so that way you are placing the fabrics in between the last layers. Make sure you place them going further down and that the lines are lined up. Repeat this going around with the other three squares. So this color will have a total of eight squares.
The last color, basically repeat steps five and six.
Figure out what is the center on the other side of the ball. You can do this by looking down on it. I kinda grabbed the ball in my hand and then put my thumb on the center where the fabric is. Then I put put my pinky on the opposite. I placed my pin in that spot to mark it. Now bare in mind, my center is probably off. Again, I can’t do anything straight.
Repeat steps three through seven on this side.
Wrap ribbon around the center of the ball to cover the pins.
Place a piece of ribbon on the top with a few pins.
These ornaments are pretty embellished with charms, buttons and other accents. The sky is the limit with these ornaments. I’ve seen them made with college teams and even for breast cancer.