Sunshine and Rainbows

It was a gloomy rainy weekend and I was feeling a bit low, so in an attempt to cheer myself up I made this ornament.

This ornament was quite simple to make. I used a compass to achieve a nice clean circle for the sun and nice clean arcs for the rainbow. Otherwise is was drawn freehand. I didn’t use batting underneath the fabric of this one, but to make the clouds truly puffy I pinned and glued some batting to the outside over the top of the white fabric. Silver cord outlines the rainbow, clouds and sun. Black sequins are pinned to the center of the sun to make a smiley face. I added a blue and white satin bow to the top as an extension of the sky.

So what do you think? Would you like to see more like this? Let me know in the comments.

Easy Intersecting Circles, Take Two and Three

Last week I posted a design I called Easy Intersecting Circles. This week I would like to show you what happens when you take that basic design and tweak it a little bit.

Take Two
My first variation eliminates the small triangles in the design. In step 2 and 3 of the directions, set your compass at 3.5cm rather than 4cm. If you are using a foam ball with a 8cm diameter, the small triangles in the design will disappear leaving you with an ornament like this.

Take Three
My second variation looks all together different from the original and the 2nd variation. I was really surprised how it turned out. In step 2 and 3 of the directions, set your compass at 5cm and voila, this is what you get…

So have fun playing with your compass settings. You never know how adding or subtracting a centimeter could change your design.

Red and Gold Striped, Sequined Kimekomi Ornament

Materials Used:

  • one 80mm smooth foam ball
  • solid dark red cotton fabric
  • red, black, etc. Japanese floral patterned cotton fabric
  • 5mm gold sequins
  • gold ribbon
  • 3/4 inch gold pins*
  • two pearl topped corsage pins
  • two gold filigree embellishments
  • glue

*purchased at Cartwright’s

Tools Needed:

Directions:

  1. Draw lines on foam ball dividing it into 6 equal sections.
  2. Set your compass to 2cm. Draw a circle at the top and bottom of your foam ball.
  3. In each of the 6 sections, find the center point of the line you just drew and mark. Do this on both top and bottom of your ball as seen in the video.
  4. Then, at the mold line. Set your compass to 1cm, place the compass point on one of the six vertical lines and mark the mold line on both sides of the drawn line, as shown in the video. You should have 2 marks on either side of each of the six vertical lines when you are finished.
  5. Connect the dots as shown in the video to create 6 vertical diamond shapes inside the original 6 sections drawn.
  6. Using your craft knife, cut the diamond shapes into the foam.
  7. Cut 6 pieces of the patterned black and red fabric into diamond shapes, leaving extra fabric for tucking.
  8. Tuck the fabric, covering the diamond shape as shown in the video. You may glue down the fabric if you wish but make sure that the glue doesn’t seep through the fabric.
  9. Next, cover the top and bottom circles with the black floral fabric.
  10. Then, cut out 6 rectangles of solid red fabric leaving enough extra fabric for tucking. Tuck as shown in the video, including the center line.
  11. Next, pin gold sequins along the seams, covering all the seams.
  12. Pin a filigree embellishment with a corsage pin to the bottom of the ornament.
  13. Finish with a gold hanging ribbon and filigree embellishment pinned at the top with a corsage pin.

I hope you enjoy this design. Let me know what you think. Please leave a comment.

“Bubbles” Ornament

This design was inspired by the “Bubbles” screen saver on my computer. It’s super easy and quick to make. Once the glue dried it only took a few hours to finish.

Materials Used:

  • drafting compass
  • one 70mm smooth foam ball
  • 1/2 inch sequin pins*
  • 15/0 clear iridescent seed beads*
  • 5mm sequins in various colors
  • clear iridescent “opal” glitter glue
  • silver ribbon
  • pearl topped corsage pin
  • 15mm hologram plum blossoms*

*Purchased from Cartwright’s

Directions:

  1. Paint foam ball with glitter glue and let dry.
  2. Using drafting compass set at a half inch radius, draw random circles all over the ball.
  3. Place the silver ribbon with the plum blossom sequin and corsage pin at the top as shown in the video.
  4. Using different colored sequins, trace the circles that you drew, each in a different color.

“Lattice” Ornament

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • drafting compass
  • craft glue
  • measuring tape
  • one 60mm smooth foam ball
  • 1/2 inch gold sequin pins*
  • 15/0 clear iridescent seed beads*
  • metallic teal 5mm sequins
  • clear iridescent and gold glitter glue
  • gold 9mm ribbon
  • gold top cap
  • pearl topped corsage pin

*Purchased from Cartwright’s

Directions:

  1. About 1.5cm from the top center of the foam ball draw 4 evenly spaced dots as shown in the video.
  2. Using a drafting compass, set at a 1 inch radius, draw circles on the foam using the 4 points as the center of the circles. Do this on both the top and bottom of the ball.
  3. Trace the lines with a pen if you wish to make them easier to see.
  4. Place the top cap and hanging string.
  5. Trace all the lines with teal metallic 5mm sequins.
  6. Mix gold and clear iridescent glitter glue. Then paint the exposed foam and let dry.
  7. You may wish to paint the entire ball with glitter glue first and then put on the sequins. Just make sure that your lines will still be clearly visible after you paint it.