I found this picture in the December 2010 Better Homes and Gardens, and was intrigued by the construction, but no pattern was found in the magazine. I did a little research. I discovered this seems to come to us from Amish craft women, and was a pincushion which was pretty and so typical of Amish home arts.
2 sheets of craft felt (as sold in craft/fabric stores)
Sewing thread of desired color (s)
Beads or buttons (optional as desired for embellishment)
Cut felt pieces:
You need a total of 36 pieces
You will notice I selected my colors to resemble a poinsettia.
(I need “soft” low hanging ornaments since I have grand babies)
Use a blanket stitch to sew three sections together, leaving about a one inch opening on last side.
Use this opening to stuff with fiberfill and continue to sew this last inch closed. You will end up with 12 segments.
At this point one can embellish the ball as desired. See the magazine picture above for some inspiration.
Happy Christmas Stitching!