Never throw away your scraps!

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.

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.

Combination 8 Glitter Ornament

Update:
When I originally posted this I didn’t realize I was doing an 8 division wrong. I now have 2 types of 8 division instructions. Alyx’s 8 division and Normal 8 division. This one uses Alyx’s 8. You can find videos for both on the Combination Divisions Page.

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Several weeks ago I posted my “Flower Garden” Kimekomi Orament Video which showed you how you can create interesting kimekomi designs with the temari combination 8 division. These combination divisions are not just reserved for temari and kimekomi ornaments. You can also create great sequins and glitter ornaments.

Tools & Materials Needed:

  • ballpoint pen
  • tape measure
  • glue
  • drafting compass(optional)
  • paint brush
  • one 60mm smooth foam ball
  • 1/2 inch silver sequin pins*
  • 15/0 clear iridescent seed beads*
  • 5mm green sequins
  • light blue glitter paint**
  • 9mm wide green satin ribbon
  • 16 pearl topped corsage pins
  • 16 hot pink metallic plum blossom sequins

*purchased at Cartwright’s
**homemade, using loose glitter and clear iridescent glitter glue. See FAQ page for more info on how to make glitter paint.

Directions:

  1. Draw combination 8 division lines on the foam ball. You can find directions on drawing the combo 8 division in Suess’ book Japanese Temari, or online at TemariKai.com. Rather than using pins and string to mark your ball, use a measuring tape and pen and draw your lines and dots directly onto the foam ball.
  2. Trace all lines drawn with green sequins, except leave about 1.5cm without sequins at each point where more than 2 lines intersect.
  3. Prep your glitter paint.
  4. Fill in all exposed foam with glitter paint and let dry.
  5. At each point where more than 2 lines intersect, pin a plum blossom sequin with a corsage pin.
  6. Finish your ornament by placing a bow and hanging ribbon at the top where you left some exposed foam. Thread a plum blossom sequin onto the corsage pin, then the hanging ribbon, then the bow, in that order.

The most time consuming part of this ornament is waiting for the glitter paint to dry before moving onto the next step. You may need several coats of paint to get an opaque look.

I wasn’t completely happy with the color of the bow when I was finished so I removed it and added a purple bow.

For an even more interesting design change up the colors or use more than one color of glitter paint. Use star or holiday shaped sequins instead of flowers. There are so many possibilities.