No-sew Quilted Ball Ornaments

In case you were too tired to click on over for my guest post on Write It Down yesterday……

Here’s my ornament tutorial.

These ornaments are a re-creation of some my mom made when I was a kid. Hers were probably better, though. EVERY SINGLE OUNCE of my OCD tendencies comes from her.

(Just kidding, Mom. Kinda.)



Styrofoam balls. I used 2.5” and the template I have included is for that size ball.
3 elastics
Fabric scraps
Butter knife
Ric rac or ribbon
Straight pin

Stretch 3 elastics around the circumference of your ball, spacing them evenly so that the ball is divided into sixths.


Trace placement of the elastics with Sharpie.


When you take off the elastics, you should have something like this:


Cut 6 scraps of fabric to match this template. You can do all 6 different, all of them the same, 2 each of 3 different fabrics…whatever!


I should have pressed them at this point, but I have MAJOR ironing issues. Hopefully that doesn’t bother any of you the way it bothers me.

Place one of your fabric pieces centered evenly over one of the sections of the ball. You can see a glue stick in this picture. I used it to hold the fabric in place but I’m pretty sure it didn’t help and I didn’t actually use it on any of the other sections.


Take your butter knife and start tucking the edges of the fabric down into the ball along the lines you drew with the Sharpie.


Do this along both sides. Make sure to keep the tips pointy. You should have something like this:


Move to the next section and do the same thing.


Continue with the remaining sections.


Pick the ugly end and make that your top.

Cut a length of ribbon or ric rac about 7” long. Make a loop and stick a straight pin through to keep the ends together.

Put a generous glob of glue on the top of your ornament.


I used FabriTac because hot glue and I have a sordid past.


Stick your straight pin and the ends of your ric rac down into the glue.


Use your butter knife again to jam it down into the crevice (that word makes me giggle).



Also, if you don’t adequately supervise your child whilst you’re blogging, this could happen:


Pretty sure he’ll be OK. He ate part of a KFC container once already.

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  1. Lynn from For Love or Funny says:

    Well, styrofoam must be a pretty good source of roughage…

    This ornament really does look quilted! Great idea!

  2. Your cool friend Cheryl says:

    My 11 month old has tasted practically everything in the house and he's still fine. Don't worry about it.

  3. I love these! I am going to try this with my children! Looks pretty easy! Yeah!

  4. Those look really cute and super simple! thanks for the idea.

  5. Is there any way that I can get the pattern for those pajama pants from you? I have a few more to sew for Christmas… =)

  6. Bird learning to fly... says:


    I'm loving it that you're loving it :D

    So you are a SAHM of 4!!! I have 2. How do you do that AND crafts?

    Thanks for stopping by and for the comment

    p.s. fun monster stockings!

  7. casserole says:

    Love it!! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:


  8. Charlotte says:

    "this is cute"..i just said this out loud…while i sit alone in my office!
    love your blog…so glad i found you!

  9. ~Adrienne says:

    After seeing this ornament ball I looked around my house and was rather surprised that I had all items on hand to make one of my own. It was fairly quick and easy to do. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Beyond All Measure says:

    I love this. it reminds me of the ornaments we made when I was little. we took scraps of fabric cut into little sqs with pinking sheers and poked them into the styrofoam ball until it was completely covered. Good memories.

  11. I love these! I remember seeing a version of these made many years ago, and I just re-fell (is this a word?) in love with these just now! Thanks for sharing…


  12. The Painted Home says:

    How could I not "Follow" a blog with a name like yours!

  13. Those are just so cute. What a great idea. I love that they are no sew – my type of project!

    Hope you are having a great December!


  14. Oh how I heart your blog. Im off to snoop around some more. Come visit me sometime at my craft blog!!

  15. The Noalls says:

    I know this is an older post, but I have to say I love your sense of humor and that you don't say you had an accident with hot glue, you describe it as a sordid past. Lol. Also love the ornament. I'm already thinking about Christmas.

  16. Love this! Great idea and thanks for sharing!
    I will be trying this soon. Looks like it’s quilted!

  17. Excellent! Will also try it woth a cube, sending it to all my kids in Europe!

  18. I loooove this! Every year when I hang the “quilted” ornament my grandma Gertrude made for me, I think I should make a few like it. Now that I’ve got your tutorial I can stop wondering “How did she…?” and start crafting!

  19. I just found your blog through craft gossip and I LOVE it. The ornamets are great, but I really love your humor!

  20. That is super cute!! And ridiculously easy. Thanks for sharing. :)

    Oh, about your toddler….he’ll be ok. Mine ate about 20 packets of sweet-n-low once. Amazing what kids can eat and come away unscathed. (She’s 14 years old now.)

  21. I love this! These will make lovely gifts for my kid’s teachers this year. I can let them decorate the fabric pieces before I put them on the ornament. Thanks for the idea!

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