Patchwork Balls by Little Laurie



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!20130403-190239.jpg

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.
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Now, just to make it easier later on, I fold the squares in half and half again and press them.
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Now you take your ball and place a pin in the center of your square of fabric.

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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.

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Repeat this step for the other side of the ball. The balls I have are marked on each end of the ball.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Repeat for the other side and your almost there.

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Add your trim. I have used a strip of the lilac fabric turned in and some cute lace.

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Finnish off with any other decorations you want. Bobs your uncle and Archies your sewing dog, you are done.

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Here are all the designs I have done.

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About Craft Hill Fabric Artisans

Hi, we are a mother and daughter tea drinking, tattoo wearing duo of crafters. Every Wednesday evening we get together and make beautiful things for friends, family and sometimes ourselves. Helped along the way by sometime models & general pests Izzy the Border Terrier & Archie the Patterdale terrier (spot them in our pic's) We are both living in beautiful Devon but grew up in Norfolk. We call ourselves Fabric Artisans & this has come down through five generations of seamstresses, needle women & crafters of all things fabric.
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18 Responses to Patchwork Balls by Little Laurie

  1. stitchscience says:

    They are gorgeous. Going straight onto my must try list.

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  3. lnuge318 says:

    this is really cool

  4. craftysorcha says:

    What a lovely idea. I bet they could be adapted as Christmas tree baubles!

  5. wilphil says:

    Cute …. very creative!!

  6. rosyragpatch says:

    Very pretty and a great stash buster. A Christmas version is a really good idea. Wouldn’t they make lovely presents?

  7. LOVE LOVE LOVE these…will have to remember this tutorial for Christmas! Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea!

  8. Reblogged this on Little Wooden Shoe and commented:
    What an amazing idea….will make some of these for my Christmas Tree! Check it out everyone these Patchwork balls tutorial rocks!

  9. cloudcoucou says:

    I love these, especially the turquoise and yellow one. Great idea!

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  12. Patricia says:

    Was so glad to find instructions for a 4 inch quilted ball,been using 21/2 inch sq,s & it takes forever to finish one. Tried it with 4 inch squares it worked likea dream,tysvvm for showing this tutorial,now I,ll use your method from now on……

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