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How to… Make a Fabric Bauble (Guest Post)

| December 9, 2011 | 21 Comments

christmas ornament fabricchristmas ornamentThis week brings you yet more lovely Christmas Crafts with this How to make a Fabric Bauble from Snaffles Mummy! It really is “decorations” galore here at Red Ted Art, but with Christmas rapidly heading our way, why not? I love ornaments and this is another fabulous idea. Choose fabrics that “fit your colour scheme”. Or my favourite, is to use old baby onesies – another special way to keep hold of those lovely lovely baby clothes (I can you guess yet how sentimental I am) or maybe even use old picture books or magazines?
Snaffles Mummy and I go a long long way back. When I first started out doing crafts and tutorials on Red Ted Art, Snaffles Mummy made my No Sew Bunting. Here is her example.
Since then she has submitted to Get Crafties and I always great little crafts and tutorials appear on her site. Fabulous British Crafty Blogger!

Don’t forget – you can use exciting tired baubles and give them a make over – then this REALLY becomes a thrifty project!!

  • PVA Glue and a small paintbrush
  • Polystyrene balls
  • Ribbon
  • Fabric
I ordered my polystyrene balls from E-bay but most craft shops will sell them, particularly at this time of year.  For the fabric you will need 5-6 different patterns to get a good patchwork effect. If you have scraps of fabric, great use them. However, if you are buying fabric then 5-6 different fabrics could work out expensive. I bought some mock patchwork effect fabric from Ebay so that I got the different patterns but didn’t have to buy 5-6 different fabrics.
You will need to cut your fabric into small squares. Mine were about an inch square. If you cut them too big you wont be able to get them to lay smoothly against your ball.  I used pinking shears to get the zigzagged edges and to prevent fraying.
Glue 1 square of fabric onto the ball, ensure the square is well smoothed out.
(you will have to excuse the photographs. You need to stand the balls on something to keep them stable so I used a candle holder.)
fabric bauble ornaments
Glue a length of ribbon across the top to form a loop for hanging. I used a clothes peg to hold this in place and allow to dry.
fabric ornaments
Once dry it should look something like this
fabric baubles
Glue 2 pieces of fabric either side of the ribbon to cover it
fabric baubles christmas
Continue to cover the entire bauble with squares of fabric, overlapping and gluing as you go along. Once covered allow to dry.
Once dry then cover the bauble with another layer of glue and allow to dry.
Voila, one home make fabric bauble.
christmas ornament fabric
Thank you Snaffles Mummy for a lovely idea and sharing your personalised  fabric baubles with us!
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  1. Honest Mum says:

    Absolutely beautiful. Well done. Laura Ashley eat your heart out.

  2. They are SUCH a good idea! I have a whole load of fat quarters just crying out to be baubles. Wouldn’t they be fab in spring colours too for an easter tree? Thanks for linking to Festive Friday! x

  3. Red Ted Art says:

    Ooh yes, great fun for easter too!

  4. This is so pretty! I agree this could be done for many holidays!

  5. Carolina J. says:

    Oh, oh, oh, how beautiful!!!

  6. wow – you’d pay loads for them if you bought them. fantastic.

  7. Emily says:

    I\’d like to invite you to come over and join my special ornament link party… open the rest of this month.. I also have a FAB ornament giveaway you can enter. Hope you can check it out!

  8. Jerri says:

    That\’s really cute! I love the fabrics you used! I\’d love for you to link your post up at my Friday Favorites party. This week is a special Holly Bloggy Christmas edition!

  9. marissa says:

    this is beautiful, I\’ve got tons of scraps that would be perfect for this. I\’d love you to add them to my What We Wore and Made Party over at

  10. Jackie says:

    I think using baby clothes is a wonderful idea! I\’m very sentimental too. By the way, I think I learned a new word, \”baubles\”. I\’m going to use it for the rest of the season!!! 😉

  11. Ellie says:

    What size ball do you think is best?

    • Red Ted Art says:

      Any really – but maybe use one that is the same as an average Christmas Bauble – i.e. what fits with your other decorations?

  12. Love this, *goes off to shop* :) xxx

  13. Arline Durrance says:

    Right now, i am looking for the best Christmas ornaments for my home.*

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