These ornaments are truly a Christmas classic. The technique for making Tucked Fabric Ornaments has been around forever, but like a classic designer dress, they’re always in style. A little tweak here and there, like updated fabrics and trims, and you’re ready for any occasion. These elegant Tucked Fabric Ornaments are dressed up in sage green and gray, but you can accessorize them in countless ways.
To make Satin & Brocade Tucked Fabric Ornaments, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” ball
- Fabric: Gray and sage satin and brocade
- Quilt batting, thin profile
- 3/8” silver braid
- 3/8” grey and green satin ribbon
- 3mm pearl strands
- Ribbon roses
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; rubber bands; sharp pencil; table knife or 1” putty knife; craft pins; optional: sharp nail scissors
To make Satin & Brocade Tucked Fabric Ornaments:
1. Position three rubber bands on the foam ball, dividing the ball into six equal sections. With a sharp pencil, score the foam ball along each rubber band, marking six equal sections. Remove the rubber bands.
2. Using the pattern, cut:
- Six pieces of quilt batting
- Two pieces of brocade fabric
- Two pieces of gray satin fabric
- Two pieces of sage green satin fabric
3. Center and glue the quilt batting onto each segment on the ball.
4. Center a fabric piece over one section. Position the edge of your table knife or putty knife over the scored line, and push the fabric seam allowance straight into the ball. Hold your knife straight up and down for a crisp “seam” line. Keep the fabric as smooth as possible as you tuck in the seams.
5. Repeat Step 4, tucking in the remaining sections around the ball. Once the ball is covered, if you see any bits of excess fabric or threads, carefully trim them away with nail scissors.
6. Pin and glue ribbons, braid, or other trims along the seam lines. Add ribbon roses, bows, etc.
7. Knot together then ends of an 8” length of ribbon, forming a loop. Pin and glue the knot into the foam ball. Optional: add a bow at the base of the loop.
I bet you already have some fabrics in mind for these, right? And who on your gift list wouldn’t love to have one (or two) of these classic ornaments? Have you made or given these ornaments before?
I’ll have a new Christmas craft next Tuesday . . .