The ball is covered with fabric that I pre-cut with pinking shears into approximately 1 inch squares. I like to sit and watch TV and just cut, which is why I have 3 gallon Ziplocs full of fabric squares!In addition to scraps of red, green, and Christmas fabrics, I have scraps of regular colors for those who like to do a color theme. Only once have I seen someone do their entire ornament in the same fabric and it didn't look very good, at least to me. If you're going for a patchwork quilted look you want several fabrics.
The squares are glued on with regular white glue, although you can use Mod Podge if you like. Use the wire loop as a handle, and avoid touching the fabrics as things start to dry. If you are working with kids, you can't emphasize this enough! They love to go back to an area and smooth things and when they lift their fingers often the entire fabric covering comes off and they have to start over. Bummer! Also, be sure their hands are really clean. Just the normal dirt of everyday will embed into the glue and make the whole thing dingy. Don't worry about some of the fabric lifting up around the loop because it will eventually be covered with ribbon. I like to hang these to dry along a clothesline, which is where the loop comes in handy again.Once they are dry, I brush on a thin layer of Mod Podge and hang them to dry again. I check the bottom of the ornament a few times because hanging there it gets a bump of glue on the bottom. I like to do 2 thin coats of Mod Podge, and I vary shiny or matte depending on the style I'm going for. The final step is a big cheery bow on top! For some reason I really got into using lace for a while; it gives an even more homemade look.