“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!

Satin and Tulle Video

I love the fat quarter bins at my local craft store. Sometimes when I’m having a creative block, all I have to do is go browse the bins to find inspiration. I was lucky to find several colors of satin and a few different types of tulle recently. My favorite is the black satin and this beautiful black and gold tulle. I knew that when I combined the two it would have a really beautiful effect, turning a simple 6 division kimekomi into something special.

The satin has very little stretch and is more difficult to tuck than cotton fabric. The tulle tends to slip around a lot on top of the satin and It will take some practice and patience working with these fabrics in combination. The tulle wasn’t very secure before the sequins were pinned into the seam. The sequins helps hold the tulle in place. Ribbon would do the same. If you tuck all the extra on the edges into the foam rather than trim it off it slips less.

Sequin Swirls

This idea came from a doodle pattern I used to draw all over my notebooks when I was in high school.

Materials & Tools Needed:

  • ball point pen
  • tape measure
  • craft knife
  • tucking tool (I use a straight upholstery needle)
  • glue stick
  • 14.5cm tall foam egg
  • navy blue and red cotton fabric
  • 5mm gold and silver hologram sequins*
  • 1/4 inch sequin pins*
  • 15/0 clear iridescent seed beads*

*Purchased from Cartwright’s

Basic Instructions:

  1. Draw 2 perpendicular lines circling your egg vertically, dividing it into 4 equal sections.
  2. Cut foam along lines.
  3. Glue and tuck fabric on each panel alternating colors red and blue.
  4. Pin sequins on top of the fabric in a random swirl pattern. I did half in gold swirls and the other half in silver.

Pittsburgh Steelers Ornament

Need a perfect Christmas gift for the sports fanatic in your life! Why not make them an ornament with their favorite team’s logo and colors?

This one is for my Grandmother.

Materials Used:

  • 3 1/4 inch smooth foam round ovals**
  • 1/2 inch sequin pins*
  • 15/0 clear iridescent seed beads*
  • 5mm sequins in gold, silver, red, blue, and black*
  • clear iridescent glitter glue
  • black glitter paint***
  • black ribbon
  • 1.5 cm gold star sequins*
  • gold bead cap
  • pearl topped corsage pin

*Purchased from Cartwright’s
**Made by Plasteel Corp.
***Glitter paint can be made by mixing black glitter with clear glue. See FAQ for more info about making glitter paint.

Round Ovals from Plasteel Corp.

Directions:

  1. Find the team’s logo online. Save the picture on your computer and re-size it so it fits your foam and then print it. For this ornament I needed to put the team name on one side of the ornament and the logo on the other. The letters were too small to outline with sequins on the logo side of the ornament. If the letters are too small you won’t be able to make a good outline. The spaces in between the letters should fit your 5mm sequins. So, I made one print out of the logo that would fit one side of the foam, and then enlarged it so that the team name was large enough to outline on the other side.
  2. Cut out the logo and pin it to the center of the foam.
  3. Trace the outline of the logo with a sharp object onto your ball. An imprint of the logo should be left on the foam. I used a needle to punch tiny holes to create the outline on the foam.
  4. Fill in the diamond outlines of the logo on the foam with the proper corresponding colors of sequins, as well as the silver circle.
  5. Next, turn the foam shape over and pin the enlarged team name to the foam making sure it is centered and straight.
  6. Trace the outline of the letters with a sharp object onto your ball. An imprint of the letters should be left on the foam.
  7. Outline the letters you traced with gold sequins. See my previous post “Astros Ornament” to see a video of this technique.
  8. Paint the inside of the letters with black glitter paint and let dry.
  9. Once the logo and lettering is done, paint the remaining exposed foam on both sides with clear irridecent glitter glue and let dry. You may want to use several coats.
  10. When the the glitter glue is completely dry, trace the mold line that bisects the ornament with black sequins.
  11. Place the 1.5 cm gold stars at random around in the team name.
  12. To finish, thread a bead cap onto a corsage pin and then the hanging ribbon, in that order, and pin it to the top of the ornament.




I also made a Twilight inspired ornament back in March 2009 that uses the same lettering technique. Check out my Twilight Ornament video on YouTube.

Happy Ornament Making!

Designs from 2009

About a year before I started this site I started posting videos to YouTube. It occurred to me that maybe some of my new readers haven’t seen my old videos. So, today I’m featuring some videos from 2009.

I moved back to Japan around that time so I used a lot of J-Pop as background music. It’s fun, even when you have no idea what they’re saying. At least… I hope you think it’s fun. If not just turn down the volume. Also, the video quality isn’t great in some of these older videos. If you are really interested in a particular design but are having a hard time seeing exactly what I’m doing, send me an email and I will try to help you as best I can.

Silver & Blue Bell

Christmas Star

Deck the Halls

The holly leaves in this video were purchased at Cartwright’s.

Green & Gold

Sugar Plum

The honeycomb sequins in this video were purchased at Cartwright’s.