Hello there lovely Buttoneers! Here I am, back as promised in the last instalment of my Create 28 blog challenge – Typographic Quote Illustrations, with the second in a double whammy Create 28 week. Do you remember waaaaay back at the very beginning of this crafty little corner of the bloggerverse? Right back when I created a tutorial for Quilted Baubles? Well, since then, not only is it one of my most viewed blog posts, but many, many of you have asked if I will ever make them to sell as you don’t have the time/resources/inclination to make them.
Originally, I always answered this question with a resounding “NO”. I love them, don’t get me wrong, they might actually be one of my favourite things to make, but they take hours to make and even though it is a seriously rewarding outcome, your fingers and thumbs hurt from pushing in all of those pins!
Anyhoo, things changed. At the beginning of 2015 – January 13th to be precise (Lucky me!)…
I made a rather un-thought-out, not-at-all-planned
selling of my soul announcement, that I would be going on 28 crafty adventures for the Eliston Button Etsy Shop before I turned 28 in June…
This forced me to create a list of ideas. How could I not add these beauties to the list!? They would have felt so left out!
So, without further ado and because I have a lot of love for you all and your feedback/requests…No.24 & 25 in my Create 28 blog challenge is…Quilted Ball Decorations!
40 squares of fabric, 209 metal pins and a lot of crafty goodness makes up this eye-catching and unusual quilted fabric hanging decoration. Perfect for any time of the year as a beautiful splash of rich colour in to any room but especially lovely at (but definitely not limited to) Christmas time due to its traditional colour palette of rich red and crisp white.
Each square of fabric was lovingly folded and quilted into shape and secured with a pin to a central polystyrene ball in each section to make sure they have a strong hold. The fabric was carefully selected for its vibrancy and 100% cotton properties to give a bright star pattern and a clean crisp fold line.
The polystyrene ball in the centre means that the hanging ball decoration is super lightweight with the fabric giving it enough weight to hang beautifully from the ribbon.
The ball decoration is them carefully wrapped around the middle with an inch wide red satin ribbon which in turn joins up with a connecting loop, held down securely with pins, to a long hanging ribbon that is tied in a beautiful decorative bow at the top.
This decoration is approx. 8cm in diameter and has a 13.5cm long hanging satin ribbon, making the whole decoration hang at approx. 21.5cm – this can be adjusted by re-tying the ribbon at the top if needed.
The second quilted ball decoration is in a different colour scheme of pale pink and slate grey – definitely lovely for all year round!
Three layers of quilting are on each side of the ball and the star pattern is on both sides of the decoration so it can spin in the breeze and still show off its gorgeous patterns and detail.
The pale pink fabric complements the slate grey fabric beautifully as the star shape in the centre of this ball and is a gorgeous combination of colours.
The ball decoration is them carefully wrapped around the middle with an inch wide rose pink satin ribbon which, like the red and white version, in turn joins up with a connecting loop, held down securely with pins, to a long hanging ribbon that is tied in a beautiful decorative bow at the top.
This decoration is approx. 8cm in diameter and has a 15cm long and 1.5cm wide hanging satin ribbon, making the whole decoration hangs at approx. 23cm – again, this can be adjusted by re-tying the ribbon at the top if needed.
I do need to add that due to all the pins that are used, not to mention the hours of love and hard work gone into them, ornaments are for decoration only, and are not recommended for small children or pets!
I can assure you that you will want to keep them all clean and lovely away from sticky mitts too!
Wowee, 25 down and only 2 to go!! Can you believe it!? I love, love, love these quilted baubles and will definitely be making a pink and grey one for the Eliston Button Headquarters – Well, it is in Eliston Button colours after all! Mybe that’s why I was drawn to them so much. After a while you can’t help but be drawn in under the crafty spell when you come through the door 🙂
So, don’t keep me in suspense! What do you think? Can you imagine where you could hang them? Which colour is your favourite? I would love to hear all about it!
These quilted ball decorations will be launch with love into the Eliston Button Etsy Shop as soon as possible today so I would love to hear your feedback!
Meet me for a chat with a cup of tea in the comments below. I’ll click the kettle on!