I have a dough bowl that I picked up at a vintage market several years ago and it has a home on my dining room table. I change out what I fill it with for the different seasons and holidays. I finally got around to making these Farmhouse Rag Balls for a lighter Summery feel. The idea to make these has been in my head for a few years – not sure why it took me so long! 🤷🏼♀️
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They are so easy to make! You’ll need some styrofoam balls in different sizes and cotton fabric – I used bleached and unbleached muslin to make my rag balls. Of course you can use any color or patterned fabric to make your rag balls.
I washed and dried my fabric first. I’m not sure this is absolutely necessary, but it gets any sizing out of the fabric making it softer and easier to work with. Then you’ll want to tear strips of fabric. Just snip the edge of the fabric and tear the strip. I made my strips approximately 3/4-inch wide, but don’t stress about keeping them exactly the same size – mine certainly aren’t! 😉
Then attach one end of the strip of fabric using a straight pin and begin wrapping it around the styrofoam ball. Keep wrapping the strips around the ball. securing with pins as needed, until the entire ball is covered. I tried to start a new strip over the end of the previous strip so I would only need one pin to secure both ends. I also tried to cover the pins as I was wrapping.
And here they are in my dough bowl along with a few other decorative balls I had to add a little texture. I really love the light and Summery Farmhouse feel of these rag balls. Why did it take me so long to make them??? 🙃
I said way back in this Patriotic Rag Balls post that I was going to make these and I’m so glad I finally did!