You will need:
- PVA Glue and a small paintbrush
- Polystyrene balls
I ordered my polystyrene balls from E-bay but most craft shops will sell them, particularly at this time of year.
For the fabric you will need 5-6 different patterns to get a good patchwork effect. If you have scraps of fabric, great use them. However, if you are buying fabric then 5-6 different fabrics could work out expensive. I bought some mock patchwork effect fabric from Ebay so that I got the different patterns but didn't have to buy 5-6 different fabrics.
You will need to cut your fabric into small squares. Mine were about an inch square. If you cut them too big you wont be able to get them to lay smoothly against your ball. I used pinking shears to get the zigzagged edges and to prevent fraying.
Glue 1 square of fabric onto the ball, ensure the square is well smoothed out.
(you will have to excuse the photographs. You need to stand the balls on something to keep them stable so I used a candle holder.)
Glue a length of ribbon across the top to form a loop for hanging. I used a clothes peg to hold this in place and allow to dry.
Once dry it should look something like this
Glue 2 pieces of fabric either side of the ribbon to cover it
Continue to cover the entire bauble with squares of fabric, overlapping and gluing as you go along. Once covered allow to dry.
Once dry then cover the bauble with another layer of glue and allow to dry.
Voila, one home make fabric bauble.