As the title suggests, this is one of the easiest designs I’ve done. In total I think this one only took about 3 and a half hours to make. It’s taken longer to edit the video and write out the directions than to actually make the ornament itself. If you are new to this, this might be a good one to start with. The trick to this ornament is good symmetry. If you don’t get your original 4 sections drawn perfectly then the design will be off. Before you start, make sure your ball is not warped or damaged.
- one 80mm smooth foam ball
- solid dark red cotton fabric
- red, green, etc. Japanese patterned cotton fabric
- 5mm gold sequins
- 15/0 clear iridescent seed beads*
- gold ribbon
- 3/4 inch gold pins*
- one red pearl topped corsage pin
- one gold bead cap
*purchased at Cartwright’s
- ball point pen
- drafting compass
- tape measure
- craft knife
- tucking tool (I use a straight upholstery needle)
- Draw lines on foam ball dividing it into 4 equal sections.
- Set your compass to 4cm. Draw a circle at the top and bottom of your foam ball.
- At the center mold line, find the point where the 4 vertical lines intersect it. At each point draw a circle with your compass, still set at a 4cm radius.
- White out the original 4 vertical lines you drew. You should now only see the 6 circles.
- Cut the foam with your craft knife along all the circles.
- Once all your cuts are finished, locate the the 12 almond shaped sections where each of the circles intersect each other.
- Cut red fabric into oval shapes a little larger than the center of the almond spaces.
- Cover the center of the almond shape with red fabric, tucking the edges into the cuts in the foam. You may glue down the fabric if you wish but make sure that the glue doesn’t seep through the fabric.
- Then cover the squares and finally the small triangles at the end of the almond shapes with the patterned fabric.
- Once all the foam is covered with fabric, line the seams with gold sequins.
- Finish the ornament with a hanging ribbon and bow, both of gold ribbon at the top of the ornament.
As usual, please let me know what you think. Comment’s are awesome!
A quick reminder: If you’ve never made a sequined ornament before, visit the newbies page for more specific details on pinning sequins, etc. If you have any questions, or suggestions please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I might add your question to my FAQ page.