How to Make Fabric Apples

Written by miranda brumbaugh
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How to Make Fabric Apples
Send this everlasting apple with your child as a gift to her teacher. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Place a bowl of fabric apples on your tabletop for a decorative fruit that never rots, or fill a basket with these velvet apples for home decor any time of year. Nestle an apple-scented potpourri sachet below the apples or add fragrance to the apples with an apple-scented spray freshener. Embellish the apples with words related to the fruit and toss in a cake plate for a playful touch to your kitchen decor For a gift, embroider your loved one's name into a fabric apple and tuck it in the ribbons on top of the gift.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 4-inch-diameter foam ball
  • 12-by-12-inch red velvet fabric
  • Straight pins
  • Cotton in red and brown
  • Sewing needle
  • 6-by-6-inch green velvet fabric
  • Green embroidery floss
  • Embroidery needle
  • 4-by-4-inch brown velvet fabric

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  1. 1

    Position a 4-inch-diameter foam ball in the centre of a 12-by-12-inch piece of red velvet fabric. Gather the fabric around the ball and insert a straight pin through the fabric on the bottom side of the ball.

  2. 2

    Pull the red fabric taut and insert four additional straight pins through the fabric around the perimeter of where you have it gathered. Trim away the excess fabric so the remaining fabric is flush to the ball; do not cut too much fabric or the foam ball will be exposed.

  3. 3

    Spread a 6-by-6-inch piece of green velvet fabric out on a flat surface. Draw three ovals approximately 1 inch wide and 2 inches long, with pointed ends. Cut out the green leaves.

  4. 4

    Stitch a running stitch down the length of each of the leaves with 4 strands of green embroidery floss thread through an embroidery needle. Set the leaves aside.

  5. 5

    Roll a 4-by-4-inch square of brown velvet fabric from one side to the side parallel. Stitch the length of the outermost side using brown thread and a sewing needle. Attach the green leaves to the brown stem using the brown thread, sewing one end of the leaves to the centre of the stem to form a bunch.

  6. 6

    Position one end of the stem ont the top of the apple, in the same place where the excess red fabric was removed. Sew the perimeter of the stem into the red fabric using red thread. Remove all of the straight pins from the apple.

Tips and warnings

  • This apple would also serve well as a pin cushion.
  • Consider using printed fabrics in place of the solid colours for added detail.

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