Ripstop Hot Air Balloons

Posted 2014-02-12 by Jane Streetfollow
Up, up and away! Hot air balloons brighten up any children's bedroom or playroom and you can pick fabrics to tie in with any colour theme.

Here's how to make some from ripstop (kite/parachute) fabric and a basket for some interesting textures.

Ripstop fabric is the stuff that kites, parachutes and waterproof jackets are made from. It comes in all sorts of colour and textures - from thick and crinkly to fine and slippery. It is very easy to sew with a machine without pinning or tacking. I buy ripstop fabric from Fabrics n Stuff . They are based in UK but will ship internationally. They sell bargain remnants in all sorts of colours and textures. You can often buy a lucky dip bag of scraps.

  • Ripstop Fabric
  • Ribbon
  • Thin basket
  • Tape
  • Sewing Machine

  • Method
  • Cut out the whole big balloon shape in one colour. Cut a narrower balloon (same height) in a second contrasting colour and and a narrower curved strip (same height) in the first colour.
  • Using a zigzag stitch on your machine, sew the thinnest piece onto the middle sized piece and then sew this on to the big balloon.

  • I sewed the thin blue strip onto the pink section and then this piece onto the big blue balloon background

  • Cut a small part circle for the top of the balloon and sew on with zigzag stitch.

  • Cut a small rectangle for the bottom of the balloon and sew on with zigzag stitch.

  • Trim round the outside of the balloon if needed.
  • Cut a balloon basket shape out of the thin basket.

  • I cut mini balloon baskets out of this big basket

  • Cut 4 lengths of ribbon to make the balloon ropes.
  • Stick the ribbon to the back of the basket and the back of the balloon using strong tape.

  • Hang on your wall using sticky wall fixers.

  • Create different sizes and colours to cover a whole wall.


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