Tucked Fabric Christmas Ornament

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Try this versatile technique of tucking fabric into cut sections of a Styrofoam ball to create amazing Christmas ornaments that look harder than they are.

Here are supplies used:

Mark the lines as desired. I chose to divide the 3″  ball into eight vertical sections by measuring the circumference and dividing by eight. Each section was about 1-1/8″ apart. I drew the lines with a Sharpie. Next, I cut into the Styrofoam about 1/4″ to 3/8″ along the lines. A craft knife works well. I used a 30+ year old surgical scalpel because that is what I had handy.

After covering an area with a fabric piece …

I tucked the fabric in a bit with a tool and trimmed leaving  a 1/4″ or less of fabric…

then repeated the process on the other side of the section. The rolled tape measure did a good job of holding the ball in place while I worked on it.

I found that a small Hera marker worked great to tuck and smooth the fabric into the cut areas.


My fingers also worked well to tuck the fabric in the cut…


so I could then trim the fabric using the folded line as a guide. A pen or other marker worked fine too.

Some fabrics have a design that calls for fussy cutting…

and pinning carefully in place.

After all the sections were in place, it was time to add the embellishments.

I glued a twisted type of cord to cover the cut areas and added a ribbon to hang it, a bow and a velvet flower. This was a fun technique with lots of possibilities. You can find many variations on the internet.

You can see lots of other ornaments in the background – stay tuned for more blogs about the other red and white ornaments  I made for a tree to go in my entry way.

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About Ann

Ann works in Customer Service and Social Media here at CreateForLess, and has a passion for quilting. Ann has been an avid quilter for over 20 years and a quilt instructor, quilt designer and pattern writer for over 7 years. Ann's crafting interests include quilting, applique, paper piecing, machine quilting, crazy quilting, general sewing. Basically if it involves quilting...she loves it! Ann is blessed with a supportive husband and two great children (a college-age son and grown daughter) who tolerate appearing in public with her despite the inevitable thread on her clothes.

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