Shamrock Kimekomi Ornament

St. Patrick’s Day is about a month away. If your anything like me then soon it will be time to find that “Kiss Me I’m Irish” tee that’s somewhere in the back of your closet. Oh… and we must not forget to add green food coloring to our grocery list. What is St. Patty’s Day without green beer? Of coarse my favorite way to celebrate any holiday is by making ornaments. Today’s post is one of my all time favorite ornaments. I really love how this one turned out!

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • ball point pen
  • paper
  • measuring tape
  • craft knife
  • glue stick
  • craft glue
  • liquid white out
  • tucking tool (I use a straight upholstery needle)
  • 7 cm foam ball
  • quilt batting
  • solid bright green cotton fabric
  • shamrock patterned cotton fabric
  • green satin ribbon, in several shades of green
  • 2 pearl headed pins
  • 2 green beads
  • bright green 5mm sequins
  • 3/4 inch sequin pins*
  • 5mm green shamrock sequins
  • 0/15 seed beads*
  • *purchased at Cartwright’s

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Instructions:

  1. Divide your ball into 4 equal sections.
  2. (Optional: Trace around the equator mold line.)
  3. Cut out a paper heart about 3 to 4 centimeters tall.
  4. On one of the dividing lines, at the point where the line and equator line meet, trace the heart 3 times to create a shamrock shape. You can center the shamrock north and south, or you can do it off center like I did.
  5. White out the dividing lines inside each heart.
  6. Repeat steps 1-5 on the opposite side of the ball.
  7. Cut the shamrocks with your craft knife.
  8. Using your paper heart as a cutting pattern, cut out 6 hearts of quilt batting.
  9. Then cut out 6 hearts of solid green fabric. The fabric hearts should be about 1 cm larger all around than your paper heart.
  10. With your glue stick glue a piece of batting over one of the heart shapes in the shamrock.
  11. Lay a piece of solid green fabric over the top and tuck the edges into the foam. Repeat this for all heart shapes until your shamrocks are covered.
  12. Cut remaining vertical lines on the ball.
  13. Lay the patterned fabric over each of the remaining 4 sections and tuck into the foam. This is quite difficult since you must tuck around the shamrock. It’s best to tuck and cut as you go.
  14. Once all of your fabric is in place, pin sequins around the shamrocks. Thread one seed bead onto a 3/4 inch sequin pin and then a green sequin. Dip in glue and pin to the seam.
  15. Don’t forget to create a stem for your shamrocks with sequins.
  16. With the shamrock sequins, pin them around the large shamrocks, over the patterned fabric at random.
  17. Thread a bead onto a pearl headed pin, then the hanging ribbon, and then the bow, in that order. Create the bow using 2 loops of each shade of green ribbon you have. I made a 14 looped bow. Dip the pin in glue and pin to the top of the ball.
  18. Last, add the bottom cap using a bead and a corsage pin.

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