Start with a 4 inch Styrofoam ball and 3 packages of Stampin' Up! Fabric. Each package has 3 fat quarters in it. You will use between 8 to 9 fat quarters to complete this project. The fabric shown here is called: Designer Fabric - Twitterpated, item #125412. Fabric was cut into 3" x 3" pieces.
Using your Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, cut out small scallop circles from the BigZ die called: Scallop Circle #2. Because I was using cotton fabric that is much thinner than felt, I was able to cut out 8 layers of material at a time. Made the project of cutting go so much quicker.
I took about 12" of ribbon, folded it in half. The top 6 inches (3 inches on each side of the loop) is the handle and the remaining 3 inches on each side is attached to the ball. Secure with a few straight pins. Now as scallops are added, they will help secure it even more.
The headed straight pin is placed in the very center of the scallop circle.
Fold the fabric up and around the top of the pin.
Now place the pin with fabric close to the other piece for a dense and full look. Continue until you have filled in the whole ball.
Here's the completed one above using Twitterpated Designer Fabric.
This one was created using Timeless Portrait Designer Fabric, item #122337 from the main catalog. It is black, white, with touches of red in it.
Products Used for this project:
One 4" Styrofoam Ball
Size 17 - 1 1/16 Ball Point Pins (they have a head on them) - I purchased 2 packs of 300.
Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, item #113439
Scallop Circles #2 BigZ Die, item #113469
Timeless Portrait Designer Fabric, item #122337
Twitterpated Designer Fabric, item #125412
Stampin' Up! Fabric listed above is 100% cotton. Each pack comes with 3 assorted designs in it. Each piece of fabric is approximately 27" x 18". Each piece gives you 54 scallops if cut at 3" x 3" and a package would give you 162 scallops. The completed ball is densely filled in will take approximately 486 scallop circles - this number is an approximate and will vary by individual. It totally depends on how densely the ball is filled in. I highly recommend buying 3 packages (9 pieces total of fabric) so there is NO chance of running out of fabric (trust me, I know this from personal experience ... LOL). One suggestion is to cut out 2 of the 3 packages. Then the last package cut when you have finished using the other two completely. In my opinion you are going to need at least half of that last package. Because of that you could cut the fat quarters in 1/2 so if you don't need it all you still have solid pieces left inside of 3" x 3" squares.
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