As promised, here is the tutorial for the Quilted Ornaments. It is picture heavy, so it may take a while to load depending on your internet connection.
If you have any questions, please post them in the comment section or email me.
- 3 inch diameter foam ball (Joann's has 2-packs for $2)
- 18 2.5 inch squares of fabric A
- 18 2.5 inch squares of fabric B
- 1 two inch wide strip of Fabric B, 12 inches long
- 2 strips of 3/8 inch wide ribbon (8 inches in length)
- 2 strips of 5/8 inch wide ribbon (8 inches in length)
- 1 strip of either ribbon (8 inches in length)
- Pins flat head, straight (I used ~300 pins to make 2 ornaments)
- Hot glue gun and/or fabric glue
Step 1: Start by cutting all of your 2.5 inch fabric squares and the 2 inch by 12 inch strip. I used a rotary cutter and cutting mat to to this, but if you don't have those it's fine - it will just take a little longer.
Note: One of my fabrics was a bit thicker (think fleece thickness), so I had to cut my strips at 12 inches. If both of your fabrics are thin, you can get away with only 10 inches instead.
Step 2: Attach one of your 2.5 inch fabric square (Fabric A) to a styrofoam ball by securing the for corners with pins.
Note: You can also attach this piece with fabric glue if you'd like, but I chose to use pins only because the glue puckered the fabric.
Step 3: Take one square of Fabric B, place a pin through its center wrong side up. Pin the fabric to the ball (right side of fabric facing the ball) framing Fabric A. The bottom corners should just about line up on both squares.
Step 4: Fold the fabric square in half, then fold the corners inward and pin the corners so the fabric is formed to the ball.
Repeat Step 4 three more times until your ornament looks similar to this:
Repeat Step 4 again, 4 more times to create this look:
Step 5: Take a square of Fabric A. Again, place a pin through the center of the square, wrong side up. Pin to the ball about 1/4-1/2 inch down from a point of fabric A. Fold fabric in half over pin and fold in corners. Pin corners down to secure.
Note: You're repeating the same pattern as Step 4. Start with the four "bottom" pieces, then go back around and pin the four "top" pieces".
Now repeat Steps 2 thru 5 on the other side of your styrofoam ball. When you're done, the side/seam should look something like this:
Step 6: Take the strip of Fabric A and fold in each edge by ½ inch and press flat. Add hot glue to the top center of the ball and adhere one end of the folded strip to the glue. Fasten the strip with hot glue around the enter ball until ends meet.
(I don't have pictures of the bow construction because my fingers were covered in glue! Hopefully you get the idea from the finished pictures.)
Step 7: Next assemble the bow and loop for hanging on a tree! Take a piece ribbon and fold in its ends to the center of the ribbon and fasten with hot glue. Repeat with remaining ribbon pieces in both colors. Form a cross with the 3/8 inch ribbon by gluing the two ribbon loops together, seams inward. Repeat with ribbon the 5/8 inch ribbon. To form the complete bow, glue the cross of the 3/8 ribbon to the 5/8 ribbon at their centers. For the tree hanging loop, glue the edges of the ribbon together, overlapping by ~ ¼ inch. Fasten the loop to the center of the bow with glue.
Here's the finished product!!
Now, while I wish I could take all the credit for this idea, I can't! I found the idea on a DIY wedding message board, but made some adjustments to the project. You can view the original project here. I did my version of the tutorial with more photos and details because there were points in the original one where things were a bit unclear. I hope my (and the original) tutorial help you create some beautiful decorations!