This tutorial on how to make decorative felt balls is kindly written, photographed and supplied by Stitchin Fingers Member Grace Lister
Two pieces of Felt about 12 inches square, in a pale colour
One piece of Felt about 12 inches square, a bright or dark colour
Embroidery threads of own choice
Toy stuffing or Kapok
The instructions given are for a 4 inch diameter ball but the size can be changed. My original red and white one was 6 inches and I am working one 3 inches diameter.
Cut out the two templates marked Segment 1 and Segment 2 from paper or cardboard. Mark 12 of the Segment 1 templates onto the bright or dark coloured felt. Do not cut these out before embroidering. Embroider these 12 segments with whatever design you choose. The embroidery should stand out well from the felt surface and keep any design away from the curved edges. Simple designs work best. Cut these 12 segments out being careful to keep to the curved shape of the segment.
Now mark out 24 of the Segment 2 template onto the pale coloured felt and cut these out. Taking one Segment 2 apply the curved edge to the curved edge of one Segment 1 and stitch together. I used a Buttonhole stitch to do this but any sensible outline stitch would work. It might be possible to do this by machine but I have never tried to do so. When you reach the far point of the Segment apply a second pale piece to the other curved side and continue stitching around the point and along the other curved edge to the other point. Now join the other two sides of your Segment together leaving a space in which to put your padding. Fill the Segment well as it needs to be firm. Close up the gap with stitching. The stitching of these inner edges is never seen so any stitch to close the sides together will do. Continue these instructions until you have 12 Segments completely finished and well padded. Take two completed Segments and join them at one pointed end of the curved edge. Repeat this stitching Segments together so that you have four in a circle joined at the same point. Now stitch these four Segments together where the points of the pale Segments 2 meet. This completes the upper part of the ball.
Take one completed Segment and stitch either end of the oval to the bottom point of two of the four Segments. Join the pale coloured point of these segments to the centre again. Continue this until you have four Segments going round the sides of the ball joined at each end. Now repeat the first procedure stitching four Segments in a circle and stitching them to the rest of the ball at the centre. Attach a hanging loop to one point and decorate the other points with beads of your choice.
Add a Comment