A while ago I came across a video tutorial for a quilted bauble and was left in complete awe. They were beautiful but there was no way I was going to be able to make one. Weeks later I came across the website address scribbled on a scrap of paper (I have hundreds of these in my studio) and felt that same tugging feeling like I just had to try it out, however awful the consequences, with the thought that if it didn’t work out then I simply wouldn’t blog about it, or better still, I would blog about its failure. After all, a failed craft story is probably more interesting. So I went to Hobbycraft, bought a few polystyrene balls in different sizes and some household pins and set to work literally pausing the video tutorial after every new step! Quilted Christmas Baubles – A Tutorial…
I loved it and after 40 square pieces of fabric, 200 pins and sore fingers and thumbs I was pleased with its outcome and pretty darn proud of myself!
You can find some different colour versions for sale in the Eliston Button Etsy Shop too or carry on to the tutorial to make one for yourself 😉
I found it tricky keeping up with the video tutorial so took photographs of my step by step progress for my own reference for future baubles or next years Christmas makes. I thought I’d share them here and maybe it will help you too.
I started off with a 10cm polystyrene ball, 200 pins and cut squares of fabric in my chosen colours. Each square of fabric is 4 inches by 4 inches. The first layer (middle section) is 8 squares and the second and third section is 16 squares making 40 squares in total. I use an empty chewing gum pot as a pedestal to hold the ball still!
I folded my first square of the first layer in to quarters to find a central point and stuck the pin in. Then attached it to the ball (my ball had a central line around it so I used this as a marker)
I folded the square in half and then pulled the corner down to make a point at the top.
Then pinned the corners in place.
I then did the same for the other side of the rectangle of fabric.
I then did the same thing opposite, by doing this opposite it helped to line up the central line of the fabric.
I then filled in the other two sections in exactly the same way.
I put the remaining four red squares of the first layer to one side for later and started doing the same thing with the white fabric. I pinned the white fabric about an inch down the central line.
All the way around.
I then started another layer in between the first white layers to fill the circle and start to make a star shape in the middle of the bauble. I do it this way around so that the folds are all the same and the first of the white layer in beneath the second producing a layered look.
At this point I started to feel clever! It looks so pretty and you have the central star shape 🙂
Again, I put the remaining white fabric squares to one side for later and picked up my third layer squares. I then found my central point by folding into quarters again and pinned to the ball through the first and second layer of fabric. This time I pinned it just under a centimetre so that my white layer become a stripe forming the star but you can leave however much you like for different results.
Again, I pinned the first four opposite each other and then started the second layer in between to make the same ‘quilted’ effect as before.
By this point I was pretty giddy with excitement that it actually looked like it was supposed to!
Then I turned the ball over and did exactly the same thing on the underside, starting with my leftover 4 red squares, then the 8 white and the final 8 red. I actually then trimmed the rough edges up to the pins all around the central edge to tidy them up and make it easier for the next step.
I then chose a red satin ribbon with white polka dots to keep in with my colour theme (any ribbon is fine as long as it is wide enough to cover the pins where the two sides meet around the central line. I pinned it to the line to hold it into place.
I then pulled the ribbon tight around the central line back to the starting point.
I pinned it to the starting point and then glue gunned a little ribbon loop to cover the pins and create a loop to tie the hanging ribbon through.
I tied a pretty bow in the top of the hanging ribbon and used the glue gun to fix the tails of the bow inside the loop I had made on the ball. I used a glue gun so that it held firmly when the ball is hung.
And Voilà! Give yourself a pat on the back lovely! you did it!
I love these quilted baubles and love the idea that a handmade Christmas decoration will come out every year, maybe passed down through generations and have a special, personal touch just like my scrapbooks or photographs.
Are you going to have a go at making one? Feel free to send me your bauble photographs, I would love to see how you have made them your own.
Don’t Forget, if you love these but don’t fancy the hassle or the sore thumbs, I have them for sale in the Eliston Button Etsy Shop! Hooray! See you there 🙂
Meet me for a chat with a cup of tea in the comments – I’ll click the kettle on!