Stars & Stripes 2011

The 4th of July is almost here and in honor of my country’s birthday I’ve made another American Independence Day themed ornament. This is a great ornament for beginners.

Tools and Materials:

  • ball point pen
  • tape measure
  • craft knife
  • tucking tool
  • liquid whiteout
  • glue stick
  • 60mm smooth foam ball
  • cotton fabric in red, white and blue
  • red, blue and silver ribbon
  • silver star sequins*
  • 3/4 inch sequin pins*
  • 15/0 clear iridescent seed beads*
  • two pearl topped corsage pins
  • two 12mm silver bead caps

*Purchased from Cartwright’s

Basic Instructions:

  1. Divide your ball into 6 equal sections.
  2. White out the equator line if drawn and cut foam along vertical lines.
  3. Cut out 6 panels of quilt batting that equal the size of each section on your foam ball.
  4. Cut out 2 panels of each color fabric a little larger than the size of each section on your ball.
  5. Glue one panel of batting on a section of your foam ball, then cover with a panel of red fabric and tuck the edges of the fabric into the foam.
  6. Repeat step 5 for the remaining sections on your ball with alternating colors of fabric.
  7. Pin star sequins along the seams in a staggered pattern. For white and blue seams, 3 stars. For blue and red seams, 2 stars.
  8. Top off your ornament with a bead cap, red hanging ribbon and blue and silver bow. Thread the bead cap onto the corsage pin first. Then thread on the hanging ribbon and then the bow. To create a two colored bow alternate 2 loops of blue ribbon, 2 silver, then 2 more blue and last 2 more silver.
  9. Finish by pinning a bead cap at the bottom of the ornament with a corsage pin.

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