Making quilted Christmas ornaments is a fun project to do at home and quilted Christmas ornaments make good gifts. It is also a relatively cheap project considering that you can make the ornaments in bulk. All you need is your favourite fabric, 3-inch styrofoam balls, sewing pins, a hot glue gun, ribbon and scissors. With so many different fabrics out there the potential design possibilities are endless. Making quilted ornaments is also a fun project for children and they make great gifts for teachers.
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Things you need
- 3-inch styrofoam ball
- Flat headed straight sewing pins
- Hot glue
- Hot glue gun
- Sewing machine
Choose the fabrics you want to use. Head to your local craft or quilt store and pick out some fabrics that you like.
Cut your fabric. Once you have decided on your fabric it's time cut your fabric or quilt patterns according to how you want your ornament to look. Many individuals like to incorporate more than one quilting pattern into the ornament.
Sew all of the pieces together. If you've decided to use more than one pattern or fabric, you must sew all of the pieces together. Sew the pieces together so that it makes one piece of fabric. Choose thread that goes with the patterns so everything blends together and appears as though it was one piece of fabric and not a compilation of several.
Pin the fabric to the styrofoam ball. Once your fabric is ready, it's time to pin the design to the styrofoam ball. Make sure you have plenty of flat headed sewing pins available. Pin the fabric to the ball so that it still retains its circular shape. By the time you are done you want it to look as though it is attached to the ball. If you have too much fabric or if there are stray pieces, you will need to cut them.
Glue the ribbon to your ornament. Once the fabric is in place it's time to conceal any imperfections. Wrap a ribbon around the ornament doing your best to conceal rough edges and visible pins. Once you have figured out how you want your ribbon to lay, hot glue it with your hot glue gun. Once that is in place, it's time to create a hook or string to hang your ornament. Make a loop and hot glue it to the top of your ornament. Congratulations, you've designed your own quilted Christmas ornament.
Tips and warnings
- Mix different fabrics to create your own quilt pattern.
- Be careful when pinning the fabric to the styrofoam ball and make sure that you look for any stray pins. Otherwise, it will be painful when you get poked with the pin.
- Be careful when using a hot glue gun.