Sequin Shapes Video Series – Almond Shapes

At the beginning of the year I placed my usual restock order with Cartwright’s. Along with the usual stuff I got some sequin shapes that I’ve never used before. The next several videos I do will be part of my “Sequin Shapes Series”. These will include geometric type shapes and will not include flower, leaf or shell shapes.

Today’s shape is the Hologram Beveled Almond in Silver.

Simple Four Crosses Sequined Kimekomi Easter Egg

I call this “Simple Four Crosses” because I use a simple 4 division and the ribbon and sequin pattern create 4 crosses on each side of the egg.

Materials & Tools Needed:

  • ball point pen
  • tape measure
  • craft knife
  • tucking tool (I use a straight upholstery needle)
  • smooth foam egg, about the size of a standard chicken egg
  • blue floral cotton fabric
  • dark blue 5mm slightly cupped sequins*
  • 1/4 inch silver sequin pins*
  • 3/4 inch silver sequin pins*
  • 15/0 clear iridescent seed beads*
  • 2 blue pearl topped corsage pins
  • six 1cm silver hologram sequins
  • six 5mm blue hologram flower sequins
  • light blue satin ribbon
  • craft glue

*Purchased from Cartwright’s

Instructions:

  1. Divide your egg into 4 equal sections.
  2. First trace along the mold line using your tape measure as a straight edge. Then measure the height of your egg from the north pole to the south pole. Divided the height by 2 to find the midpoint. Mark the midpoint on both sides of the mold line. Next measure the distance horizontally between the mold line midpoints. Divide that number by 2 to find the center. Mark the center clearly on both sides of the egg. Draw a horizontal line connecting the the points on the mold line and the center points you just marked all the way around the egg. This creates an equator line. Next connect the north pole, center equator point and the south pole on both sides of the egg to finish your simple 4 division.

  3. Cut foam along all lines.
  4. Lay the cotton fabric over the top of each cut section and tuck in the edges.
  5. Pin the satin ribbon around the egg covering all seams using the 3/4 inch pins.
  6. Using the 1/4 inch pins, in sequins along both sides of the ribbon.
  7. Thread a seed bead onto the pin first, then a sequin, dip the end in craft glue and then pin to the egg.

  8. At each ribbon intersection along the equator, pin a small blue flower and large silver sequin.
  9. Thread a seed bead onto a 3/4 inch pin, then a small blue flower, then the 1cm silver sequin. Dip in glue and pin to the ribbon.

  10. At the bottom of the egg, thread a small blue flower sequin onto a pearl headed pin, and then a large silver sequin. Dip in glue and pin to the bottom ribbon intersection.
  11. Top off your egg with a hanging ribbon and bow.
  12. First thread a blue flower, then a large silver sequin to a pearl headed pin. Next tread on the hanging ribbon and last the bow. Your bow should have 4 loops. Adjust the size to you like. Dip the pin in glue and pin to the top of your egg.

This design is very versatile. Here are several more ornaments made using the same basic design.

“Starry Night” Kimekomi Ornament

Recently I’ve added a new tutorial page to the site, Combination Divisions. One of the new divisions I’ve posted is the Combination 10 Division. I’ve been obsessed with this division for the past few weeks. There are so many cool designs that can be done using a combo 10. My new “Starry Night” design is just one of many.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • ball point pens in 5 different colors
  • measuring tape
  • white out
  • tracing paper
  • craft knife
  • glue stick
  • tucking tool (I use a straight upholstery needle)
  • foam ball
  • quilt batting
  • 2 colors of cotton fabric
  • metallic cord in the color of your choice
  • 3/4 inch sequin pins
  • satin ribbon in the color of your choice
  • star sequins in the color of your choice
  • beads (optional)
  • craft glue

Instructions:

  1. First you will need to mark the combination 10 division on your ball. Watch the video below to learn how to do this. This video is also located on the new Combination Divisions page.
  2. Once your combo 10 is marked, trace three 5 pointed stars with a different color pen or a marker. The stars will need to stand out easily. If your ball is like mine and there is a major indentation at the north pole of your ball, turn the ball so that this indentation is in the center of your first star.

    Once you have your first star traced turn the ball to the left, find and trace the next star. It’s points will touch the points of the first star.

    Then turn your ball once more to the left to find the third star. The third star may seem a bit off center. Now you have 3 large stars surrounding your ball with a new north and south pole.

  3. Mark your new poles with a bright color. Here I used red.
  4. New North Pole
    New South Pole
  5. Next trace the diamond patterns at the north and south pole with another color of pen. Here I used green.
  6. Marked Diamonds from the North Pole
    Marked Diamonds from the South Pole
  7. The next step is optional depending on the color of fabric you intend on using for your star. If you are going to use a dark fabric, you can skip this step. However, if you are going to use a light colored fabric, you will need to white out the lines in the stars so that the lines do not show through the batting and fabric when you are finished.

    You may need to white out the extra lines inside the diamonds at the poles if you intend on using a light colored fabric there as well. For my ornament I’m going to use navy blue at the poles to simulate a dark sky, so there is no need for me to white out those lines.

  8. Now you will need to make a cutting pattern for the quilt batting. For this ornament I’m only going to use batting on the stars. This give the ball a little more texture and dimension in the end. The stars will be raised and the navy background will be flat against the foam. Lay the tracing paper over one of the stars and wrap it so it curves with the ball. Trace the star onto the paper. When your done straighten out the paper and cut out your pattern. It will look distorted but that’s OK. It’s due to the curve of the ball. Use that pattern to cut out 3 stars of quilt batting.
  9. Next you need to make the cutting pattern for your fabric. Lay the batting pattern down on some card stock or thick paper. Trace around the star, leaving about a half a centimeter of space between the edge of the batting pattern and your drawn line. Now cut out your new pattern and use it to cut out 3 stars of fabric.
  10. Repeat steps 6 and 7 for the diamond shapes at the poles. For this ball I will discard the batting pattern and use only the fabric pattern for the diamonds.
  11. Next, cut the foam along the outline of the stars and diamonds.
  12. Glue a piece of star shaped batting to the foam in the star shaped section. Then lay one of your star shaped fabric panels over the top of the batting and tuck the fabric edges into the foam. Do this for all 3 stars.
  13. If you have one star with that factory made indent or hole in the center, just fill it in with some extra batting and then glue the regular batting piece over the top. This should smooth it out so you never knew it was there.

  14. Once all your stars are finished, start on the diamonds. This time however, do not use do not use batting underneath the fabric. If you want, you can glue the fabric directly to the foam. However, be sure the glue doesn’t soak through the fabric. Only a very thin layer will be necessary.
  15. Now that all your fabric is in place it’s time to glue your cord around the stars. Using your tucking tool, scrape a small amount of glue from your glue stick and apply it to the seam where the 2 colors of fabric touch, outlining the star. Gently place the cord over the top of the glue. Do this all around the 3 stars. Only a small amount of glue is needed.
  16. Pin star sequins in each star in a random pattern.
  17. To finish, add a hanging ribbon and bow at the top of the ornament. You may also wish to add a sequin and bead at the bottom or, like in my yellow and navy ornament, a fringe of sequin stars hanging from the bottom. Need help making your bow? Please watch the “Making a Bow” video on the Tutorial and Techniques page.

That’s pretty much it! Here’s a look at all 3 sides of the finished product.

Happy Ornament Making!