Every crafter is a hoarder of some sort, don’t you think? Is your passion buttons, yarn, glitter, or . . .? For me, it’s fabric, which is one reason why I adore Fabric Rag Balls. Rag Balls are a great way to display favorite fabrics. I’ve seen bright, vibrant Rag Balls made with graphic, modern fabrics, and then there are today’s Rag Balls made with sweet, vintage style fabrics. And wait till you see the Rag Ball Wreath made with fabrics that really pop!
To make Vintage Fabric Rag Balls, you will need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” balls (or size of your choice)
- Fabric, about 1/8 yd. per ball
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; craft pins; iron
To make Vintage Fabric Rag Balls:
1. Make cuts, 1” apart, in the selvage end of your fabric. Tear the fabric into 1” strips.
2. Pull off excess threads along the edges of the fabric strips, leaving the edges slightly frayed. Iron the fabric strips smooth.
3. Pin and glue one end of a fabric strip onto a 4” ball. Wind the fabric strip around the ball, and pin and glue the other end. Repeat, adding more fabric strips till the ball is covered. Once glue dries, you can remove any pins that are visible.
4. You’re done.
A few years ago, I made these Patriotic Rag Balls using denim and bandanas. If you need a summer craft for the kids, you might give these a try. There’s a history lesson here, too, as Rag Balls were originally made to save tiny bits and pieces of fabric for later use.
Maggie over at The Love Nerds had a blast making her Spring Rag Ball Wreath. I love her fabric choices. I admired this fabric collection at Jo-Ann Stores, but I didn’t indulge. After seeing Maggie’s wreath, it’s really hard to not add it to my stash! Be sure to stop in at The Love Nerds and tell Maggie how pretty her wreath is.
If you’d like to get started on making Rag Balls, I have a dozen, 4” balls of STYROFOAM Brand Foam to give away. (That means there are two giveaways going on right now!) If you’d like to win one dozen, 4” balls of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, tell me what craft supply you hoard. I’ll announce the winner next Friday, May 2, so please leave your comment by Thursday, May 1.