Fabric Ball Tutorial

Liz and I made these fabric balls to hang in the store window.  It's very simple to do but it does take awhile and uses a good amount of fabric.  We used Robert Kaufman Kona cottons in 2 shades of the same color for each ball.  

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Here are the tools you need: styrofoam balls in varying sizes. For this tutorial we used a medium sized one.  We used about 2 yards of fabric in total. You need a rotary cutter fitted with a pinking blade or pinking shears. You also need a hot glue gun, a good amount of glue sticks and some fishing line to hang the ball with.  Groovy tunes  are optional.

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Cut your fabric into 4" strips and then into 4" squares using your pinking blade.

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Fold one of your squares into a petal shape:

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Place a good sized dot of hot glue on the ball:

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Place the end of the petal in the glue and hold for a few seconds:

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Repeat with a square in the second shade:

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Keep alternating squares and gluing:

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until your ball is full and has no bald spots!

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Get your fishing line and tie it around the ball like ribbon on a present:

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Tie a knot in the fishing line and fluff the fabric around the fishing line:

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Hang your ball!  (We used hooks that screw into the ceiling)
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Comments

  1. These are totally gorgeous!! Holy cow! I wish I’d seen this in time for a little 3 year old’s birthday party! (maybe if I start now, I can be done with a few by her 4th birthday?)
    🙂 These are really cool.

  2. yeah, definitely making these. thanks!

  3. Love Love Love these! Now I need some ideas on how to use them!

  4. i love your balls ;p
    one thought…i bet you could tie the fishing line around the ball first, then glue all the fabric on.
    i saw some balls hanging in macy’s (i think) that were covered with fake roses. looks so pretty!
    anyways…yeah for balls!!!

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