folded fabric ornaments

It’s great to have crafty friends!  I’m a member of a craft group that gets together about once a week to craft and enjoy each others company.  Our group is diverse – from knitting and crocheting, quilting, paper crafts and jewelry making.  Once a month we take turns doing a “make and take” based on our specialty.  The other weeks we bring whatever we are working on at the moment  – and sometimes we talk more than we craft!

Last week a member of our group was working on an ornament that was covered with folded fabric squares.  I had seen these on the internet but never in person and when I saw hers I knew I wanted to try it out.  She showed me the basics and told me to look on the internet for a video of how to put it together (the link is listed below).  Here is my version:



For supplies I used:

  •  3″ styrofoam ball
  • 26 squares of one fabric, cut in 2.5″ squares
  • 16 squares of coordinating fabric, cut in 2.5″ squares
  • straight pins (lots of them – for these two ornaments I used almost an entire box of 450 pins)
  • Ribbon, rhinestones for center

 I purchased the  styrofoam, pins, fabric and a thimble at WalMart.  The rhinestones and  ribbon (from May Arts) were in my stash!  Here is a look at the fabric I used – I used the poinsettia fabric for the center and third layer for one of the ornaments, then reversed the fabric for the second, using the red swirl fabric for the center and third layer.


The hardest part was cutting the fabric.  For those of you who sew or quilt, this will be the easiest part, but I don’t so using those rotary cutters took a little practice.  My squares were not perfect, but since they ended up being folded it did not matter!

Once the fabric was cut putting together the actual ornament went quickly.   You can easily do two in an evening in front of the TV!

 The link to see how to fold the fabric and pin it to the styrofoam is HERE

Here is a picture of one of the ornaments hanging from our lemon tree – because in Florida it’s either the lemon tree or the palm tree!

 And a special thank you to Donna for inspiring me!!

 Thanks for stopping by today!