These patchwork balls are so quick to make (once all the prep is done) and make fab pressies.
First gather your bits and pieces. A Styrofoam ball (I’m using a 4″ ball) 3 fabrics, some ribbon, decorations (like beads and buttons) and a whole load of pins!
Next you will need to cut your fabric into squares. Because my balls are 4″, my squares will be 4″. You need to cut 8 of the center fabric. And 16 of the other two.
Now, just to make it easier later on, I fold the squares in half and half again and press them.
Now you take your ball and place a pin in the center of your square of fabric.
You the take the corners and pull them into the middle of the bottom of the square to make a triangle and pin as shown above.
Place anohter triangle opposite and then on each side to complete your first layer.
Repeat this step for the other side of the ball. The balls I have are marked on each end of the ball.
Now, taking your second fabric, place a triangle 2/3 down the previous layer. Do this the same way as before and fill in the remaining spaces. And a cute piccie of Archie.
Again, repeat on the other side of the ball.
Now take the final fabric and place the triangle 1/3 of the way down. This stage is done the same way as the second layer.
I find my fingers begin to hurt at this stage due to the many layers so I use the end of a pencil to push my pins in.
Repeat for the other side and your almost there.
Add your trim. I have used a strip of the lilac fabric turned in and some cute lace.
Finnish off with any other decorations you want. Bobs your uncle and Archies your sewing dog, you are done.
Here are all the designs I have done.