Here’s a cute Christmas ornament post from Big Dreams Embroidery. I love some of the tips that are included in this video–she shows a really smart way to mark your cutting lines on the foam ball, an easy method for making the template for your fabric, and at the 1:56 mark she has a nice tutorial on how to tie a pretty ribbon double bow.
You could make a whole set of these ornaments very inexpensively. The 2.5 inch balls seem to run about a dollar each on Amazon right now and you can probably find them for less (I’m sure you could get them in your local craft store–and with the % coupons that are always available at AC Moore, Micheal etc you could knock it down even more). A quarter yard of fabric would make a HUGE number of ornaments–or you could buy fat quarters in Christmas patterns. Of course if you have a box full of fabric scraps (like me) then you don’t even have to buy fabric. If you don’t have scraps–ask around. I’m sure someone you know has some left over holiday fabric that was too nice to throw out but not enough to really do anything with.
These ornaments would make a great group project–for kids or teens you could already have the polystyrene balls marked/cut and the fabric pieces cut out–then all they’d have to do would be complete the ornaments. I think even younger children could do this one–although you need enough manual dexterity to manage the whole knife pushing fabric into the slot thing. Toddlers probably would be frustrated by that.
And don’t think that these ornaments have to be restricted just to Christmas–just change up the fabric and you have a decorative ball for any holiday or occasion.