Handmade ornaments add beauty and enchantment to holiday decorations. Making ornaments by hand allows you to decide exactly what colours you want your ornaments to be. Also, you can use excess fabric scraps to make quilted folded star ornaments so that the cost is low. In addition, making quilted folded star ornaments is a good project for children's art classes or for a family gathering. Making these ornaments together will enhance the holiday feeling.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Styrofoam ball, 3 inches diameter
- 2 pieces of main fabric, 2 1/2 inches square
- 16 pieces of secondary fabric, different colour or pattern, 2 1/2 inches square
- Straight pins
- Fabric glue
- Hot glue
- Ribbon, wide and narrow
- Flat button
Fold a square of the main fabric in half and then in half the opposite way to form a smaller square. The corner of this smaller square without a cut edge is the centre of the fabric piece. Unfold the fabric and push a straight pin through the centre point on the right side of the fabric.
Push the pin anywhere into a 3-inch diameter styrofoam ball with the right side of the fabric facing the ball. Bring the top of the fabric piece down to the bottom to fold it in half. The pin should be inside the fabric on the fold line. The fold line should be on the side away from you.
Fold the upper right corner down to the middle of the bottom, which is the open edge. Fold the upper left corner down to the middle of the bottom. This forms a triangle. Push a pin into the two lower corners of the triangle to secure them to the ball.
Turn the ball around and repeat the preceding steps to make a mirror image triangle of the first one. Use the same main fabric. Now you have two triangles meeting at the top points with the bottom edges of both triangles being open edges. The two centre seams where the folded-down edges meet in the middle of the triangles will form one straight line.
Repeat the process to pin triangles to the open spaces between the first two. The two centre seams of these triangles will intersect the centre seams of the first two at a 90-degree angle. Now you have four identical triangles radiating from a point on the ball.
Measure about 1/2 inch along the folded middle seam on one triangle from the top point where all the triangles meet. Make a triangle with the secondary fabric in the same manner as the others, placing the first pin at this point. It will partially cover the triangle made of the main fabric.
Repeat this process to partially cover the other three triangles of main fabric with triangles of the secondary fabric. Measure 1/2 inch along the seams between the triangles of the first layer from the top point and make four more triangles from secondary fabric. Now you have eight triangles of the secondary fabric covering the first. The main fabric showing through the middle will now appear to be a star shape.
Make another layer of triangles from the main fabric. Start them 1/2 inch from the top points of the second layer. Now you have a border of the secondary fabric showing around the middle star pattern. This covers half the styrofoam ball.
Repeat the entire process to cover the other half of the foam ball with an identical pattern. Begin the star on the opposite side of the ball from the first point. The ball is now completely covered.
Glue a wide ribbon around the ball where the two halves meet to hide the unfinished edges. Use fabric glue or hot glue. String a narrow ribbon through two holes of a flat button for a hanger. Glue the button on top of the finishing ribbon seam.
Tips and warnings
- You can use another piece of fabric instead of ribbon to hide the unfinished edges. Cut it long enough to reach around the ball and fold it in thirds lengthwise so the edges do not show.
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