Today I’m wrapping up the “Mad for Plaid & Paisley” ornament series with my favorite – the Patchwork Fabric Ornaments. I bet you’re familiar with the technique used to make these no-sew fabric ornaments, but the variations are endless. My favorite detail is the velvet ribbon, which adds a lovely and luxurious contrast to the cotton fabric. If you’re on the hunt for easy and inexpensive ornaments you can make – no sewing involved, check out the Wrap & Go Ornaments and Rag Ball Ornaments featured this week, too.
To make a Patchwork Fabric Ornament, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” balls
- Tissue paper
- Old shirts in plaid and paisley prints
- Ribbon: Satin ribbon and velvet ribbon, 1/2″ wide
- Pearl head pins in red
- Fabric glue
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; rubber bands; sharp pencil; bamboo skewer; putty knife or kitchen knife
To make a Patchwork Fabric Ornament:
1. Wrap two rubber bands around the ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, dividing the ball into four equal sections. Using a sharp pencil or bamboo skewer, score a line right next to the edge of each rubber band. Remove the rubber bands.
2. Insert a putty knife or kitchen knife along the scored lines, creating a deeper groove. Hold your putty knife or ruler straight up and down to deepen the groove, and not widen it.
3. Place tissue paper over a section and trace along the scored line. Add ¼” all around the pattern and cut out. This will be your pattern for the fabric pieces.
4. Patty used two different fabrics for each ornament. Determine which two fabrics you’ll use, and using the pattern, cut two fabric pieces from each.
5. Center a fabric piece over one of the sections on the foam ball. Using the putty knife or a sharp knife, push the edges of the fabric piece into the grooves on the foam ball. Repeat with the other three fabric pieces. If needed, add a dab of fabric glue to hold the fabric in place.
6. Pin and glue velvet ribbon around the ornament, covering the grooves.
7. Knot together the ends of an 8” length of ribbon. Pin and glue the hanger to the top of the ball.
8. Top off the ornament with a large button, pinning it in place with pearl head pins.
Like I said, the variations on this ornament are endless. Change up the fabrics and trims and make these Satin & Brocade Tucked Fabric Ornaments.
Or, there’s the creamy Classic Fabric Christmas Ornament.
And one more variation, the Zipper & Fabric Christmas Ornaments.
You just can’t go wrong, especially if you add a little velvet ribbon!
Did you have a favorite ornament from “Mad about Plaid & Paisley” series? Was it the Wrap & Go Ornaments, the Rag Ball Ornaments or today’s Patchwork Fabric Ornament? I’d love to know. Or, just tell me about the ornaments you’re making this holiday season.
Happy ornament crafting!