Satin “Jester” Kimekomi Ornament

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • ball point pens or permanent markers in 3 different colors (I use black, red and green)
  • measuring tape
  • white out
  • (optional)tracing paper
  • (optional)card stock or heavy paper
  • craft knife
  • glue stick
  • craft glue
  • tucking tool (I use a straight upholstery needle)
  • foam ball (I use a 7cm ball)
  • 4 colors of satin fabric (I use white, yellow, pink, and blue)
  • 3 colors of satin cord, should coordinate with your fabric colors (I use white, pink and blue)
  • satin ribbon in the color of your choice (I use yellow and white)
  • 6 pearl headed pins in the color of your choice (I use green)
  • 6 large flower sequins in the color of your choice (I use silver hologram)

Instructions:

  1. First thing you need to do is draw a Double Combination 8 Division on your ball. Visit the Combination Divisions page for a video tutorial on how to do this. You should start out with a true combo 8 drawn in black, and then continue with the double combo 8 division in red.
  2. Once your Double Combination 8 Division is drawn, trace the pattern seen in the diagram below in green ink. This diagram is a view from the north and south poles of your ball.
  3. Next, white out the black and red lines inside the green triangles.
  4. Then, white out the black lines inside the red triangles. The red triangles look like they are behind the green ones.
  5. Cut along all remaining lines. I cut the green lines first, then the red lines then the black lines.
  6. (optional) Make a cutting pattern for the green triangles. Using your tracing paper and a pen, trace the green triangles and cut it out. Then paste it to some card stock or heavy paper and cut about 1cm around the traced triangle. Cut off the pointy ends. Use this pattern to cut out 8 triangles of blue satin fabric.
  7. Place the blue fabric over the green triangles and tuck into the cuts on the foam. You will have 8 blue triangles mirroring each other over the equator line when finished.
  8. (optional) Make cutting patterns for the top and bottom of the red triangles. Cut out 8 pieces of pink fabric for each pattern.
  9. Next cover and tuck pink fabric over the red triangles, tops and bottoms covered separately.
  10. (optional) Make cutting patterns for the north and south pole triangles. Cut out 8 pieces of yellow fabric and 8 of white using the patterns.
  11. Cover and tuck fabric over the triangles at the north and south poles alternating yellow and white fabric.
  12. (optional) Make cutting patterns for the equator triangles. Cut out 8 pieces of yellow and white fabric for each pattern.
  13. Cover and tuck fabric over the triangles at the equator alternating the yellow and white fabric.
  14. Once the ball is totally covered in fabric the color pattern should look like this from the north and south poles. Please note that the yellow and white fabric colors should oppose each other from the north and south pole.

  15. Now it’s time to glue the cord to the seams. Using your tucking tool, scrape a small amount of glue from your glue stick and apply it to the seam. Place the cord over the top of the glue and pat it down gently. Only a small amount of glue is needed.
  16. -Start with white cord around the equator.
    -Next, glue pink cord in an X outlining the bottom half of the pink triangles.
    -Then trace the blue triangles with blue cord. Rather than tracing each triangle individually, cut 4 pieces of cord that is a few centimeters longer than the circumference of your ball. Wrap each piece individually in a continuous line in the same pattern as when you were drawing your original combo 8.
    -Once all your blue cord in place, do the white cord at the north and south poles. For this you only need 4 pieces for each pole, they will criss-cross at the pole.
    -Glue the pink cord at the tops of the pink triangles in one continuous piece, as seen in the video.

  17. Next, pin flower sequins at the south pole and on the equator at each point where 2 blue triangles touch.
  18. Top off your ornament with a white hanging ribbon, flower sequin and yellow and white bow. Alternate 2 loops of yellow, then 2 of white, then 2 more yellow and 2 more white. 8 loops in total. For more information on making the bow and hanging ribbon please see the Bow Video on the Tutorials Page.

Here are a couple more variations on the “Jester” design.

Merry Christmas and Happy Ornament Making!

“Kaleidoscope” Kimekomi Ornament

This week I’ve been playing around with the Double Combination 8 Division. It’s the latest in my series of combination division tutorials which can be found over on the Combination Divisions Page.

Over at temarikai.com they have printable diagrams of the various types of divisions. They are especially helpful in brainstorming new designs. For this ornament I printed out their double combo 8 diagram and started coloring in the sections. This is the result.

I used this pattern to create my latest kimekomi ornament “Kaleidoscope”. The diagram is the view from the north and south pole. Just repeat the pattern using 5 different colors of fabric using the kimekomi techinique.

Watch out for the orange diamonds. I combined 2 separate sections as one. It’s easiest to find that section and white out the dividing line before you start cutting the foam. Otherwise you might accidental cut where you don’t need to. Also, I didn’t use batting for this ornament because the sections are so small. You will need to white out those extra lines so they don’t show through the fabric.

Love this ornament but don’t have time to make it yourself. It’s now for sale over at my Etsy shop.