Turn pentagons into items for the home, from sweet sachets to spherical pillows, with this excerpt from All Points Patchwork.

Photo © Alexandra Grablewski, excerpted from All Points Patchwork. All rights reserved.

Photo © Alexandra Grablewski, excerpted from All Points Patchwork. All rights reserved.

A handful of these pentagon balls, filled with lavender or cedar shavings, makes a sweet little set of sachets to give as a gift. You can also make them from larger pentagons and end up with juggling balls, or use even larger pentagons to create baby toys. I can even see them made from very large pentagons to form very interesting pillows.

Text excerpted from All Points Patchwork © 2015 by Diane Gilleland. All rights reserved.

How to Make Pentagon Spheres

Try this method for creating stuffed spheres from pentagons.

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    Step 1: Join six pentagons into a flower shape. Then make a second flower.

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    Step 2: Join the sides of those pentagon “petals.” This creates a cuplike shape. Do the same with the other flower to make a second cup. Make sure both cups have their right sides to the inside.

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    Step 3: Orient the two cups so that their points nest together. Join them with a whipstitch, following along the zigzag line where the halves meet. (You’ll have to fold and even squash your work a bit as you navigate this seam. Don’t worry; you can’t hurt it.) Leave an opening for turning and stuffing.

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    Step 4: Remove the templates and gently turn the ball right side out. Stuff it with the material of your choice, and then sew the opening closed with a ladder stitch.

Diane Gilleland

Diane Gilleland is a prominent contemporary craft writer, designer, and teacher with an aesthetic that appeals to both traditional and modern quilters. Gilleland is the author… See Bio

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