DIY Vintage Fabric Rag Balls showcase your favorite fabrics (And I have a giveaway to get you started)

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!

Sweet fabric Rag Balls made with vintage-style fabrics. Easy, too. has the tutorial.

Vintage Fabric Rag Balls by Kathleen George.

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.

Super easy!

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 There’s a history lesson here, too, as Rag Balls were originally made to save tiny bits and pieces of fabric for later use.

how to make rag balls with styrofoam balls

Hundreds of years ago, women made rag balls to save every little scrap of fabric.

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.

Gorgeous! I love this Rag Ball Wreath by Maggie at The Love Nerds.

Gorgeous Rag Ball Wreath made by Maggie over at The Love Nerds.

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.

**PLEASE NOTE: This Giveaway is closed.**

Happy crafting.


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38 Responses to DIY Vintage Fabric Rag Balls showcase your favorite fabrics (And I have a giveaway to get you started)

  1. Nancy D says:

    I almost missed this post! What don’t I hoard?! Empty thread spools, fabric, buttons…you name it, I probably have it! I might be getting a little out of control!

  2. Love the vintage rag balls. It would be a good way to use up the quilting fabric I hoard. I have some fabric that is truly vintage from the 1970’s. Ok I need to use it.

    • Sharon says:

      I love this idea — I wish I’d hung onto some of my older fabric. Be sure to share a photo of your rag balls — I’d love to see the fabrics you use. Sharon

  3. HOw pretty! LOVELOVELOVE the denim and bandana Rag balls! I am going to have to make some of these for our housewarming party that we are having this summer! These would be great as placeholders and gifts for the guests to take home! Thank you for the inspiration and I would love to win this awesome giveaway to give me a headstart on making them!! Thank you for your generosity!

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you, Barb. These are super easy, so you have plenty of time to whip them up before your guests arrive. I hope you’ll share a photo of your rag balls on our Facebook page. Happy crafting! Sharon

  4. auschick says:

    I hoard fabric and patterns!

  5. Sarah says:

    I am a fabric hoarder, but also ribbons, lace, buttons, anything pretty. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. buntyw says:

    Perle cotton!!

  7. Leslie Stall says:

    My hoard is material and this would be an easy and fun way to eliminate a lot of it. I can’t wait to get started on this project. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Trish Beard says:

    I hord beads to be used in other projects including my sewing

  9. Janet says:

    It’s a pretty close race between fabric and yarn. This wreath is very pretty!

  10. Lynn Jackson says:

    I hoard project life 4×6 and 2×3 cards. I can’t get enough of them.
    Buttons would be another thing I have way to many of but I love them. Thank you, lynn

  11. Debbie Kaste says:

    I hoard everything that doesn’t move in my craft room…lol! I tell my hubby it makes me happy so he doesn’t argue with me about it:)

  12. Kelly says:

    I hoard ribbon in different widths, material, patterns, colors, themes. If I get gift or bag with ribbon on it, I take it off. I then use for a project or make hair bows, clips, gift tags. I have a backpack full of ribbon spools and pieces. I buy whn on sale or even buy small scrapbook ribbon to add to my creative madness. Everyone complains about scraps and spools till they need a piece. A lil bit of ribbon can go a long way.

  13. Kathy Klein says:

    I hoard fabric, cross stitch kits, jewelry, buttons, yarn, and everything where the color hits me and I think I may need to make something with it. I love color.

  14. Kimberly Hamilton says:

    Mine is fabric also. This would be a great project for me!!

  15. jackie says:

    yarn yarn and more yarn!!!

  16. mplemel says:

    I prefer to think of myself as a collector of yarn instead of hoarder.

  17. annehaun says:

    I am guilty of hoarding most any craft supply but especially fabric and yarn.

  18. rfnancy says:

    Craft Supply hoarding, Oh Yes! Fabric and Pretty Vintage Lace, just can’t find enough of it. Vintage Hankies too!
    Thanks, Nancy

  19. LisaM6 says:

    What a fun craft. I will add this to my must do list. Great tut. Thanks!

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