Tutorial: Artichoke Ball

Finally I have gotten all my photos ready and I can now present a tutorial for the artichoke balls!

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What you will need:

  • 3 fabrics that are 10-20cm x 110cm
  • 100mm styrofoam ball
  • Sequin pins
  • Rotary cutter
  • Rotary mat
  • Ruler
  • Ribbon

1. To start off, cut out of each of the three fabrics 2ox2.5″ squares.

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2. Lay one square of your first colour on the styrofoam ball and pin down in each corner.

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3. With your second colour, take one square and fold in half diagonally.

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Fold your square in half diagonally again.

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4. Pin the folded square down in each corner of the square on the ball, matching the corners.

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5. Repeat steps 3-4 three more times so all sides of the original square are covered with the second colour.

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(For the rest of the project, continue to fold the squares as described in step 3. Each round will consist of four squares.)

6. Using your third colour, take one of the folded squares and pin down in the gap of the previous colour. Match the bottom of the middle of the folded triangle with the corner of the first 2 rounds.

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7. Continue three more times to complete the round.

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8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 for each round, changing colours each round. You will not be able to match up the middle of the bottom of the folded square to the base of the previous triangle as you move towards the centre, this means you just have to decide how close you want your rounds together.

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9. Continue until you can lay a square easily over the uncovered section.

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10. Before putting on the top square, the last round needs to be fixed up to make it look nice once the square is attached. Take one corner and slightly fold over the edge and pin down.

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11. Repeat step 10 three more times.

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12. With the square that will be put on the top, each side will be turned over so it gives a crisp, unfrayed look. To start, turn over 2 sides and pin it down into place, matching the created corner with the crease created between the two squares.

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13. Repeat step 12 with each of the corners.

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Now you have finished your artichoke ball! To hang it up, I attached ribbon:

14. Starting with the ribbons you want to put on, pin all of them together into the middle of the square, leaving a tail so that it can create the “hangers” on a bow.

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15. Next, create the loops of the bows, making sure to pin down the ribbon in the middle of the square after each loop.

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16. Cut off the ribbon so that it matches the length of the other “hanger”.

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17. For the last part, the ribbon is used to create the actual hanger. To start, pin down the edges of the ribbon in the middle of the other ribbons.

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18. Figure out the length of your hanger and cut the ribbon about 5cm longer than the desired length.

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19. Fold the excess over and pin down.

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20. To finish off the edges of the ribbon, fold the ribbon in half and cut diagonally.

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Now you have finished your artichoke balls! Enjoy!

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3 thoughts on “Tutorial: Artichoke Ball

  1. I have a fat quarter of that green and white holly fabric you used in your project. It’s always interesting to see what someone else does with fabric that I also have. In my case I think I’ll end up making a Christmas trivet, which is not a big leap from your artichokes. Thanks for sharing.

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