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Decorative Hanging Globes

Extract from Make It Sew Modern • By Vanessa Christenson • Published by Martingale


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Make It Sew Modern
Finished size: 5" and 7" balls

I created these balls with a wedding in mind, but you can use them to decorate a little girl’s room or, when made in summery colors, to create a lovely environment for an outdoor party.

Yardage is based on 60" -wide fabric.

Posted by Martingale from Bothell, Washington, United States • Published See Martingale's 3 projects » © 2023 Vanessa Christenson / Martingale · Reproduced with permission. · From Make It Sew Modern: Gather, Twist, Pleat, Texture by Vanessa Christenson of V and CO., Martingale, 2012; used by permission. Photos by Brent Kane. All rights reserved.
  • Step 1

    1. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise to make cutting easier. Trim the selvages.
    2. For each 6" ball, cut the fabric across the width into 46 strips, 1" x 60". For each 4" ball, cut the fabric into 30 strips, 1" x 60".
    3. For both sizes, cut each strip in half to create two 30" strips.

  • How to create art / a model. Decorative Hanging Globes - Step 2
    Step 2

    Assembling the Balls
    Use ¼" seam allowances.

    Set your sewing machine to the longest (basting) stitch. To gather each strip along one edge, see “Machine Ruffles and Gathers”. Each ruffled strip will curl over on itself.

  • How to create art / a model. Decorative Hanging Globes - Step 3
    Step 3

    Roll a ruffled strip along the stitched edge, creating a flower; trim the thread ends. Dab hot glue onto the end of the strip to secure the flower. Repeat with the remaining strips.

  • How to create art / a model. Decorative Hanging Globes - Step 4
    Step 4

    Apply hot glue all over the back of one flower and adhere it to the Styrofoam ball.

  • Step 5

    Continue to glue and attach the flowers to the ball, placing them closely so their tops touch and there are no gaps. Continue until you’ve covered half the ball.

  • How to create art / a model. Decorative Hanging Globes - Step 6
    Step 6

    Cut a piece of ribbon to the desired length. Dab Krazy Glue onto the ribbon end and attach it to the ball using three or four pins. Let dry; then apply more glue to the top of the ribbon.

  • Step 7

    Once the glue has dried and the ribbon is secure, continue attaching flowers to cover the ball.

  • Step 8

    Machine Ruffles and Gathers
    In this project, you’ll gather a fabric strip or piece by machine. Hold the top thread, near the spool, between your thumb and forefinger to increase the tension on the thread. Stitch using the longest (basting) stitch on your machine. The fabric will begin to “ruffle” as you sew. It takes a bit of practice to find out how tightly you must hold the top thread, so be sure to experiment with your machine and a scrap of the fabric.

    If you have a ruffling presser foot, by all means experiment with it, following the manufacturer’s instructions.

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