I’m a part-time ESL teacher and June is always my busiest month. I don’t have time in June to work on big projects so instead I use the few free hours I have each day to make small kimekomi ornaments using scraps left over from other projects. They are quick and fun, each only taking between 1-2 hours to make. They are also my best sellers at Christmas craft fairs, so it’s important that I take time during the year to increase my stock. They are made the same way as a large size kimekomi using 4cm and 5cm diameter foam balls. I don’t use batting and I keep the design very simple.
Here are my latest little ornaments made from scraps.
These are perfect for small table top trees and make great gifts for coworkers and acquaintances.
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.
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
- Divide your egg into 4 equal sections.
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.
- Cut foam along all lines.
- Lay the cotton fabric over the top of each cut section and tuck in the edges.
- Pin the satin ribbon around the egg covering all seams using the 3/4 inch pins.
- Using the 1/4 inch pins, in sequins along both sides of the ribbon.
Thread a seed bead onto the pin first, then a sequin, dip the end in craft glue and then pin to the egg.
- At each ribbon intersection along the equator, pin a small blue flower and large silver sequin.
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.
- 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.
- Top off your egg with a hanging ribbon and bow.
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.
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:
- Divide your ball into 4 equal sections.
- (Optional: Trace around the equator mold line.)
- Cut out a paper heart about 3 to 4 centimeters tall.
- 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.
- White out the dividing lines inside each heart.
- Repeat steps 1-5 on the opposite side of the ball.
- Cut the shamrocks with your craft knife.
- Using your paper heart as a cutting pattern, cut out 6 hearts of quilt batting.
- Then cut out 6 hearts of solid green fabric. The fabric hearts should be about 1 cm larger all around than your paper heart.
- With your glue stick glue a piece of batting over one of the heart shapes in the shamrock.
- 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.
- Cut remaining vertical lines on the ball.
- 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.
- 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.
- Don’t forget to create a stem for your shamrocks with sequins.
- With the shamrock sequins, pin them around the large shamrocks, over the patterned fabric at random.
- 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.
- Last, add the bottom cap using a bead and a corsage pin.
Here’s a easy ornament for Valentine’s Day.