I love crafts that require absolutely no talent. It’s the perfect way to create nice things for your home without having to practice a skill and get really good at it before you can begin. There are lots of things you can make that don’t require you to know how to do anything in particular and such is the case when it comes to making rag balls. Rag balls are often sold at stores that offer country décor. The fabric balls are really nothing that special when it comes to creating them, but when you see the finished balls, you’ll fall in love with them!
Old fabric or new, scraps or one full piece, you’ll find it really simple – albeit a little time-consuming – to make rag balls. It will take a half-yard to a yard and a half to make a four to six inch-diameter ball. Using thin material will require more fabric; thick material will take less. The material you use doesn’t have to be all the same. Combine bits and pieces of fabrics to make one ball or use material all cut from the same piece to make a different one.
Many people think that if you’re working with fabric you’ll need to do some sewing. Not true when making a rag ball. Cut the material into strips that are approximately two inches wide if you’re using various scraps of material. The best scraps are ones where you can cut fairly long strips from each piece. If you’re using material that’s all one piece cut one strip but stop an inch from the very end. Now cut back up and stop an inch from that end. Continue doing this, down one way and back up the other way, stopping an inch from the end each time. This pattern will leave each strip connected to the previous one and make it really easy to make the rag ball.
Begin at the end of the material and roll it for a few inches. Now turn the tiny roll and begin wrapping the fabric in the opposite direction. Continue doing this, wrapping several times in one direction, then several times in the opposite direction until the ball begins to grow. Now you’ll begin to concentrate on wrapping the cloth from different angles so that the wraps go up and down, side-to-side, as well as diagonally.
If you’re using material that is not connected at the ends simply tie the ends together if the material is thin. If it’s thick fabric, overlap the very ends, then wrap once around the ends to secure. Continue wrapping until time to add yet another fabric strip.
When the ball is as large as you want it to be tuck the end under one of the other pieces of material that is already wrapped around the ball. Or, take a needle and thread and just make a few stitches to secure it. Set the finished balls – all alike or all different – in a bowl, on a platter or in a different container. Use them as centerpieces or just set them on end tables. They’re easy to make and instantly lend a little country charm to any setting.