SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2012 | Comments: 4
You’ve heard of conversation hearts. Old tennis balls, strips of leftover fabric and a few easy stitches are all you’ll need to make conversation balls or “convo balls” as we call them.
Convo balls are decorative balls that carry a flirty message. You can place these in a bowl or on a tray to create an interesting display for Valentine's Day. Our 5-year-old neighbor and friend, Alice, suggests chucking them at someone you love.
For this you will need: old tennis balls, fabric ripped into 1-inch wide strips, embroidery floss, needle and hot glue gun. You could use styrofoam balls if you like – I just wanted to recycle some dead tennis balls.
Snip with scissors and rip fabric into 1-inch wide strips. Using embroidery floss and needle, stitch out your message using a back stitch.
It will take a few strips to cover your ball. Start with blank fabric first – add on your embroidered strip last. Use a glue gun to tack down the beginning and end of each strip; wrap tightly.
I call this an "around the house project"; there's no need to run to the store, you can make it with things you have around the house.