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 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.

6 thoughts on “Tucked Fabric Christmas Ornament

  1. Naomi Lake

    Wow i so remember making these when i was in grade 4 at primary school, only a four days left in term 4. It was when my art teacher was explaining how to make these fabric tucked christmas balls showing us how to make the cuts using a stanley knife she kept on telling us “to be extra careful & never ever bring the blade towards yourself when cutting anything because 98% of the time you’ll end up cutting yourself!”
    So what did i do…..?? No sooner i started to cut the lines exactly the way my teacher had told us NOT to do it, yep i slipped leaving a cut/slice on the top of my hand between the index finger & thumb i was then rushed to the local doctors, had to have a needle & it required 2 stitches (Oouch) & the doctor told me to go home a rest up for a couple of days so unfortunately i never had the chance to finish off my christmas ball because school had finished for term 4 & the christmas holidays begun!! Oh n by the way i never returned to the school the following year anyways! Lol here i am almost 26yrs later explaining all of the above to my two beautiful daughters aged 6 & 8yrs, we’re going to make these gorgeous tucked fabric christmas balls to hang on our christmas tree this year!
    Wish me luck!! Lol
    Ann thank you so much for your blogs & sharing all of your ideas because we love them all. xo

  2. Betty Aman

    I like that you use the rough foam balls. I have only used the smooth foam balls to make these ornaments in the past but I prefer using the rough foam except for the way they “shed”.

  3. Kathy Holman

    I made these years ago n forgot them. I make ones now with folding and pinning fabrics ou ball. But trust me after watching this. I will be doing these again. Thank you

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