Red and Gold Striped, Sequined Kimekomi Ornament

Materials Used:

  • one 80mm smooth foam ball
  • solid dark red cotton fabric
  • red, black, etc. Japanese floral patterned cotton fabric
  • 5mm gold sequins
  • gold ribbon
  • 3/4 inch gold pins*
  • two pearl topped corsage pins
  • two gold filigree embellishments
  • glue

*purchased at Cartwright’s

Tools Needed:

Directions:

  1. Draw lines on foam ball dividing it into 6 equal sections. Info on this is located on the tutorials page.
  2. Set your compass to 2cm. Draw a circle at the top and bottom of your foam ball.
  3. In each of the 6 sections, find the center point of the line you just drew and mark. Do this on both top and bottom of your ball as seen in the video.
  4. Then, at the mold line. Set your compass to 1cm, place the compass point on one of the six vertical lines and mark the mold line on both sides of the drawn line, as shown in the video. You should have 2 marks on either side of each of the six vertical lines when you are finished.
  5. Connect the dots as shown in the video to create 6 vertical diamond shapes inside the original 6 sections drawn.
  6. Using your craft knife, cut the diamond shapes into the foam.
  7. Cut 6 pieces of the patterned black and red fabric into diamond shapes, leaving extra fabric for tucking.
  8. Tuck the fabric, covering the diamond shape as shown in the video. You may glue down the fabric if you wish but make sure that the glue doesn’t seep through the fabric.
  9. Next, cover the top and bottom circles with the black floral fabric.
  10. Then, cut out 6 rectangles of solid red fabric leaving enough extra fabric for tucking. Tuck as shown in the video, including the center line.
  11. Next, pin gold sequins along the seams, covering all the seams.
  12. Pin a filigree embellishment with a corsage pin to the bottom of the ornament.
  13. Finish with a gold hanging ribbon and filigree embellishment pinned at the top with a corsage pin.

I hope you enjoy this design. Let me know what you think. Please leave a comment.

Hexagon Pattern Kimekomi Ornament

Today’s video is a long one. I wanted to show you as much of the process as possible. It wasn’t difficult to make, just a little complicated to put into words. It took about 4 hours to complete. I really enjoyed creating this one and I hope you enjoy it too.

Materials Used:

  • one 80mm smooth foam ball
  • pink Japanese cherry blossom patterned cotton fabric
  • solid pink cotton fabric (Should be slightly darker than the other pink color fabric.)
  • solid green cotton fabric
  • purple and silver cord
  • pink ribbon
  • 3/4 inch silver pins
  • three pink pearl topped corsage pins
  • three silver hologram plum blossom sequins*
  • two 5mm hot pink hologram flower sequins
  • one 7mm pink acrylic bead

*purchased at Cartwright’s

Tools needed:

Directions:

  1. Draw lines on foam ball dividing it into 6 equal sections. Info on this is located on the tutorials page.
  2. Set your compass to 3 cm. Put your compass point on the point where the lines you just drew intersect the mold line.
  3. Draw 6 circles at each of the 6 points.
  4. Turn the ball so the mold line is vertical. This will be the orientation of your ornament.
  5. Locate the hexagon at the front of the ornament and cut the foam as shown in the video. You should have 6 triangle like shapes creating a hexagon when you are done.
  6. Cut 3 pieces of the cherry blossom fabric in roughly the size of the triangle like shapes. Make sure to leave enough extra fabric on the edges for tucking. Also, cut out 3 pieces of the solid pink fabric in the same way.
  7. Tuck the fabric into the cut foam as shown in the video. Alternate the two different fabrics. You may glue down the fabric if you wish but make sure that the glue doesn’t seep through the fabric.
  8. Next, cut out the 6 almond shapes on the foam ball that were created when the circles drawn intersected. They are connected to the corners of the hexagon.
  9. Cut 3 pieces of each of your pink fabrics in the shape of the almond shaped sections. Make sure to leave enough extra fabric on the edges for tucking.
  10. Each of the almond shaped sections touch a corner of the hexagon. Using the opposite fabric from the one used on the corner of the hexagon it touches, tuck the fabric into the cuts.
  11. Repeat steps 4-6 on the back hexagon.
  12. Cover the remaining sections with green fabric. If the black line drawn through the sections can be seen through your fabric, use some White Out to cover it.
  13. Once all your sections have been covered with fabric, glue the cord on all the seams, pinning it down at intersecting points.
  14. Pin a flower and plum blossom sequin at the center of the front and back hexagons with a corsage pin.
  15. Finish the ornament by threading the pink bead onto a corsage pin, then a plum blossom sequins, then the hanging cord, and lastly the bow. Dip your pin in glue and then pin it onto the top of the ornament.

Well, I hope that makes sense. Good luck and happy ornament making. 🙂