How To Make No-Sew Fabric Christmas Ornaments

How To Make No-Sew Fabric Christmas Ornaments

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Would you like to make your own no-sew fabric Christmas ornaments?  This tutorial explains a surprisingly simple technique.

You don’t need to buy new fabric; you can use up leftover pieces of fabric.

The use of a knife rules out this method for kids, but they might like to watch you turn a foam ball into a beautiful Christmas decoration.

This technique could also be used throughout the year for all sorts of celebrations.

Have a look and see if you like it.

Supplies Needed

  • Smoothfoam balls (not floral foam or styrofoam)
  • Hobby knife
  • Fabric
  • Pen
  • Pins
  • Tape measure
  • Paper
  • Butter knife, or something with a flat smooth edge
  • Scissors
  • Decorative rick rack
  • Decorative pins

Step-By-Step Instructions

  • Locate the “mold line” on the ball where it was glued together.
  • Draw along that line right around the ball.
  • Put your thumb at one end on the drawn line with your index finger at the opposite end.
  • Mark an X on each of these spots; these will be the top and the bottom of the ball.  Check that they are even.
  • Place the tape measure on an X and run it down to the other X.  If the tape measure slips, put a pin in place to hold it.
  • Draw a line along the tape measure.
  • Repeat on the other side.
  • Continue drawing lines until you have the number of sections that you want.
  • Using your hobby knife, start at the top and cut along each line to the depth of the tip of the knife.
  • Measure from the top X to the bottom X, and add half an inch.
  • Measure between 2 lines in the widest part in the middle of the ball and add half an inch.
  • Take your paper and draw a line for the length of the first measurement from top to the bottom.
  • Across the middle, draw a line for the length of the second measurement.
  • You should have a cross shape.
  • Draw from the top, through the end of the middle line to the bottom.
  • Do the same on the other side.
  • You should have a cigar shape.
  • Cut out the pattern.
  • Pin the pattern to your fabric.
  • Cut out the fabric.
  • Cut a piece of fabric for every section.
  • Pin a piece of fabric to the top of the ball.
  • Use your butter knife to push each side of the fabric into the knife cut.  Do it from side to side going down the ball so the fabric stays smooth.
  • Add all your pieces of fabric.  When you push in one side, take care not to pull out the side of another piece of fabric.
  • Cut a piece of rick rack about 2 inches long.
  • Wrap it in a circle.
  • Place the ends on the top of the ball.
  • Push a decorative pin through both ends of the rick rack to form a hanger.
  • Push a pin in at the other end of the ball to match.