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Prairie Point Bauble

 

A beautiful and unusual Christmas bauble

 

 

​Approx. finished size 9cm x 14cm (3 1/2" x 5 1/2")

​including the ribbon

What will you need?

  • ​Fabric in 2 colours
  • ​5cm (2") polystyrene ball
  • 4mm silver pearl beads CF01 35401
  • ​3mm wide ribbon for a loop
  • ​15mm wide ribbon for the centre
  • ​Sequin pins
  • ​Needle, thread, glue

  • Cut the fabric into 8cm (3 1/8") squares

  • Fold each square in half point to point to make a triangle

 

  • Then fold again, point to point
  • ​You should have a triangle with one side longer than the others and all the raw edges on this side

  • Find the centre of the polystyrene ball, there is often already a mark showing on the balls
  • ​The longest part of the triangle needs to reach over the ball
  • ​Pin one corner of the fabric triangle into the centre

 

 

  • Pull it over to the opposite side centre and pin the other corner into the ball

  • Next, take a piece of fabric in a different colour and pin the points into the centre of the polystyrene ball as before

​One side of the triangle will have one fold and the other side will have two. Make sure the double folds are on the same side so you get a neater finish.

  • Keep adding more triangles in the same way, alternating the colours
  • ​Push each pin into the ball next to the previous one, as they won't all go into the very centre

  • Keep adding triangles until you have cover the polystyrene ball

​Because the fabric triangles are only pinned at the corners you can adjust them a little if they are not quite spaced out evenly

The other side of the ball will have a double fold on each triangle

  • Take a 20cm (8") piece of 3mm wide co-ordinating ribbon
  • ​Fold the raw end over and pin into the centre of the ball
  • ​To make it more secure you can dip the pin into glue before pushing it into the ball
  • ​Then take the ribbon over the ball and fold the raw end over and pin it into the centre of the ball
  • Now take a 20cm (8") piece of 15mm wide ribbon
  • ​sew a running stitch along one edge and gather it up to form a rosette
  • ​Do a couple of securing stitches to hold it together
  • ​Repeat this process so you have 2 little ribbon rosettes
  • Glue the rosettes to the centre of each side of the ball, covering the pins and rough ends
  • Now take the 4mm silver pearl beads and push a pin through the bead
  • Dip it in glue and push it through the centre of the rosette and into the polystyrene ball
  • Use three beads for each side of the ball
  • Leave the glue to dry
Your bauble is now finished and ready for hanging.

Why not experiment with different colours and sizes?

 

​You could also use buttons, larger beads or ribbon flowers

in the centre.