Six Petal Flower Kimekomi Ornament

Materials Used:

  • one 80mm smooth foam ball
  • blue, pink and white Japanese patterned cotton fabric
  • solid pink cotton fabric
  • solid blue cotton fabric
  • blue and silver cord
  • white and silver cord
  • light blue ribbon
  • 3/4 inch silver pins
  • three pink pearl topped corsage pins
  • three large light blue sequins

Tools Needed:

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  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. Draw a circle at the top and bottom parallel to the mold line.
  3. Next, set the compass needle on the point where the circle you just drew intersects one of the 6 vertical lines. Draw a circle. Do this for all 12 points on the ball. When finished you should see a 6 petal flower design on both sides of the ball.
  4. Turn the ball so the mold line is vertical. This will be the orientation of your ornament.
  5. Locate flower pattern at the front of the ornament and cut the foam.
  6. Cut 12 pieces of pink fabric in roughly the size of the petals. Make sure to leave enough extra fabric for tucking. If you wish to tuck in the middle seam in the petals you will need to leave more fabric than usual for tucking. If you don’t want a middle seam, use your white out to cover up the line and just smooth fabric over.
  7. Tuck the fabric into the cut foam to create 2 pink flowers on either side of your ornament. You may glue down the fabric if you wish but make sure that the glue doesn’t seep through the fabric.
  8. Next, locate the 6 triangles, that were formed by the first two circles you drew on the ball, in between the petals of the pink flower. Cut the foam.
  9. Cut 12 pieces of the blue patterned fabric and apply fabric to ornament.
  10. Next locate the final remaining 6 petals that surround the pink flower. Cut the solid blue fabric into 12 pieces, glue and tuck, completing the flowers on both sides of the ball.
  11. Using the white out, cover up the remaining lines drawn around the mold line. Then cover the remaining section that circles the ball with pink fabric.
  12. Once entire ball has been covered with fabric, glue the cord on all the seams, pinning it down at intersecting points. Use blue cord for the flower petals and white cord for the seam that separates the 2 blue fabrics.
  13. Pin a large blue sequin at the center each flower with a corsage pin.
  14. Finish the ornament by threading a blue sequin onto a corsage pin, then the hanging cord, and lastly the bow. Dip your pin in glue and then pin it onto the top of the ornament.

Here is another version of the same design.

5 thoughts on “Six Petal Flower Kimekomi Ornament

    1. Sorry I didn’t reply sooner Paula. I honesly have no idea what it is called because I bought it in Japan and the name on the package is in Japanese. Even if I could read it, it would be called something different in English. I remember seeing some in the craft store in Pittsburgh but never bothered to take a closer look since I already have a lot. When I looked online for a good example this is what I found: The Metallic A-Y cords look like the stuff I’ve used in the past. The cord is thin enough to fit nicely on the seams but not so thin it easily falls down in. Much thinner than a shoe lace but not as thin as embrodery thread. I used thick cord once before and was really unhappy with the results. It took some experimentation to find exactly what I liked. I encorage you to do a little experimentation of your own. You might find something really special. Hope I helped you some. Let me know what you find and if you are happy with the results. Thanks for your question.

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