American Hearts (Two Hearts Revisited)

Way back in January of 2012 I made this ornament for Valentine’s Day.

Two Hearts, January 2012
Two Hearts, January 2012

Here is the link to the original post with the video. Two Hearts Kimekomi Ornament Video

I found some fun American themed fabric and thought it would be fun to make an ornament for the 4th of July holiday coming up. With a few adaptations to my “Two Hearts” design I came up with the following.

American Hearts, Red Side
American Hearts, Red Side

American Hearts, Blue Side
American Hearts, Blue Side

American Hearts, Side View
American Hearts, Side View

This only took a few hours to make and can be done with any patriotic themed fabric. I’m off to the fabric store now to see if I can find some Union Jack fabric. 🙂

Victorian Style Ornament

I was inspired by a pack of buttons I bought recently. In the pack of miscellaneous buttons were some neat cameos. I ended up making this fancy satin Victorian style ornament.

Blue Victorian
Blue Victorian

It’s quite simple to make so I thought I would share it with all of you.

The 2nd ornament I made for the video is pink instead of blue and the cameo buttons are slightly different than the ones on the blue ornament.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • ball point pen
  • measuring tape
  • craft knife
  • craft glue
  • tucking tool (I use a straight upholstery needle)
  • 7cm diameter foam ball
  • satin fabric
  • 2 cameo buttons
  • metallic craft cord**
  • 5mm sequins
  • two 10mm sequins
  • 9mm wide satin ribbon
  • 6mm wide satin ribbon
  • 3/4 inch sequin pins*
  • at least 62 pearl headed pins
  • two 10mm pearl beads
  • ten 5mm pearl beads
  • 0/15 seed beads*

*Purchased at Cartwright’s
**The craft cord I use is hard to find outside of Japan. I sell it in my Etsy shop.

I suggest using light colored fabric so you can see your equator markings through the fabric.

All instructions are included in the video.

Metallic Multi-colored Triangles

Every time I order from Cartwright’s Sequins I like to get some new fun shapes to try out. With my last big order I got one small pack of Metallic Mixed Colors Triangles.

I started out by sorting the triangles by color. Then I arranged them in the rainbow like color pattern pictured below.

triangles lay out equator line

Next I pinned them to the equator line of a 7cm diameter smooth foam ball.

equator line on ball2

Then I made another set of triangles like the in the first picture. I flipped them so the bottom was now the top. Then I pinned them in the pattern pictured below to the ball. The numbers and letters correspond to matching colors.

2nd layer

Once all my colored triangles were pinned my ornament looked like this from the top and bottom.

top view wo silver

I then added 3 silver triangles to both the top and bottom of the ball. The triangles on the bottom are spaced closer together than the ones on the top.

Bottom View
Bottom View

Top View
Top View

Next I filled in the remaining empty spaces with clear iridescent glitter glue.

w glitter glue

Last I added a silver and white bow to the top.

finished 1
finished 3

This was so easy to make and looks great on my tree.