I know, I know, I had you at “Liberty fabric baubles,” didn’t I? There’s not much need to write anything more…
I made up these little beauties a few weeks ago for my sister-in-law who was running a craft stall at a charity fair at the weekend. I’m not sure that nine little baubles will have made much of a dent in terms of making-an-entire-stall’s-worth-of-items-to-sell but, hey, hopefully they filled a small space somewhere.
I followed a tutorial in the Guardian by Hannah of the wonderful blog Seeds and Stitches, which I first Pinned two Christmases ago and have been meaning to make ever since.
It’s a great, simple, messy, very pleasurable project. The only extra tip I would add is that you need far, far more fabric than you expect, so cut out loads of tiny squares first and then sit down for the glueing part. I seemed to spend most of the evening going to wash the glue off my hands when I discovered I’d run out of fabric mid-bauble for the hundredth time.
I also didn’t worry about hanging them up to dry, just put them on a sheet of greaseproof paper and turned them over at sporadic intervals, which worked fine.
Most of the fabric I’ve used is Liberty scraps, with the exception of the blue and white stripes, which were cut from my old primary school shirt. I felt quite nostalgic sticking it all together…
This weekend, I’m planning on making some more to adorn our very own Christmas tree. I’ve stuck the fabric to some cheap supermarket-bought plastic baubles, so the very best thing about them is that they’re sproglet-proof. Even if he managed to shatter them somehow, any sharp pieces would stay inside all the fabric, which is just the sort of Christmas ornament I need on my tree this year.
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- If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you might recognise some of the fabric from the original projects. The pink and blue geometric patterns were turned into these egg cosies; the red floral pattern was leftovers from my teapot cosy; and most of the rest is from the (still unfinished) quilt…
7 thoughts on “Liberty fabric baubles”
Gorgeous! (Do add the ability for us to ‘Like’ your posts. It would make such a difference when I like them but don’t have time to comment!)
Ha ha, thank you!
Pinned! But for next year. My daughter told me she was half way through her advent calendar this morning!
Yes, I’d had it pinned for two whole years! Normally always find these things too late…
These are just adorable!!!
What a fantastic use for scrap fabrics too! Thank you for sharing! I’m reblogging this to my site to share. What a simple and striking craft for the holidays!
These are lovely. I too was inspired by Pinterest and covered balls with map paper pieces. Felt very satisfied. Take pictures of your tree please?