You will need:
Three toning fabrics
Pins... lots of pins as these are our secret weapon
Rotary cutter, ruler and mat
3" polystyrene ball
Cut your fabric into 3" squares, 8 squares for the top of your ball and then two lots of 16 for the second and third row. Split into two piles of four top squares and eight each of the other fabrics.
Now I believe you did not know that you could press fabric with your fingers? Well that is what we are going to do next, we need to find the centre point of the square, you can do this by just folding the fabric in half along each side or if you are feeling flash across the diagonal.
Determine where the top of your ball is, put a pin in the centre of the wrong side of your fabric and stab it into the top of your ball.
Fold it into a triangle (your pin will be in the centre of its longest side), pin the top of the triangle down
Now fold over the left point and then the right into centre and pin it down to create a diamond shape, pin the each of the sides into the ball.
Repeat it three more times to create a square.
For the next layer, pin the first triangle 5/8" down and in between your diamonds...
I used the end of a tape measure to place the pin, repeat the folds as you did for the first layer for four diamonds. Now if you are frugal like me, you will notice that often diamonds overlap so capture two sides with one pin.
Now, we are going to in fill between these diamonds by putting the pin in between the fold of the first row of diamonds and working the diamonds as you did before... if your fingers are feeling a bit sore then use a thimble to help you press the pins home, especially when you are working through so many layers of fabric.
On the third layer, I decided that rather than make each layer the same size, I would use the second row, just to outline a star. For the third row, you repeat what you did for the second row but instead of coming down 5/8" just come down 1/4".
When you have completed the top half, turn the ball over and repeat the steps above, to make sure that the halves match, align your first quarter fold with the folds of the completed half.
Trim the excess fabric from around the centre of the ball. I realise it looks rather grim at this point but we are going to hide it all under a ribbon.
I used two lots of ribbon, a satin ribbon to cover the exposed edges and some Jane Means grosgrain ribbon to accent my decoration. (BTW, Jane has recently started her own blog, which is well worth a peek) Start by creating a loop from which you will hang your dec. Take your satin ribbon, pin it into the ball run the ribbon around the ball.
Do not pin the end of the satin ribbon down yet, instead take the loop from which you will hang the ball and pin it across the satin ribbon. Next place the end of the satin ribbon to cover the base of the loop, fold the end underneath to give you a neat finish and pin the end in place with four pins at each corner to make sure that the loop is held securely in place and will not bounce off your tree :)
Next tie a bow... and now I admit it, I lied to you, you are going to need to stitch the bow onto the loop, but if you are really stitch phobic, you can use a glue gun to stick it onto the loop.
So I am actually posting this on a Monday morning, ready for Wendy's Handmade Monday... so in between watching our wonderful Olympic athletes parade through London do take a look and see what everyone has been up to over the past week.