Simple Striped Egg

Simple Striped Egg, March 2013
Simple Striped Egg, March 2013

Previously sold as a DIY kit valued at $15, the instructions and accompanying video are now free for you to enjoy.

Tools Needed:

  • ball point pen or fine tipped sharpie
  • scissors
  • craft knife
  • tucking tool
  • glue stick
  • craft glue
  • cigarette lighter (optional)

Materials Needed:

  • smooth foam egg
  • fabric in 2 colors and/or motifs (20cm x 14cm each)
  • quilt batting (28cm x 12cm)
  • 6mm wide ribbon (50cm)
  • cord trim (80cm)
  • two pearl topped pins
  • two large sequins

Cutting Patterns PDF
Print out the PDF at the link below.
Simple Stripes Egg Pattern
Best printed on A4 size paper.

Instructions:

    Drawing Lines on your foam egg.
    Please be aware that these measurements are for eggs that are about 7cm tall. You will need to adjust your measurements for eggs of a different size.

  1. Your foam egg should have a line that was made during the manufacturing process that runs up each side of the egg from bottom to top. Bottom being the widest part of the egg and top being the narrowest.8 div egg 1
  2. Using your measuring tape as a strait edge, trace the factory marked line with your pen on both sides of the egg.8 div egg 28 div egg 3
  3. Now take your measuring tape and find the place near the top where there is 8cm between each of the lines you just drew.
    8 div egg 4
  4. Draw a dot at 2cm, 4cm and 6cm. I’ll call these dots the mid-points in the next step.8 div egg 5
    8 div egg 6
    8 div egg 7 You can repeat this step from the bottom of your egg if you wish
  5. Next, using your measuring tape as a straight edge, draw a line connecting the top, one of your mid-points and bottom of the egg.8 div egg 8
    8 div egg 9
    Do this for all mid-points marked. When finished your egg should have 8 vertical lines.
    8 div egg 10
    Here’s what it looks like from the top.
    8 div egg 11
    Here’s what it looks like from the bottom.
    8 div egg 12

Video:
Here is the accompanying video. It starts after the lines have already been drawn on the egg.
It’s several years old and so the video quality isn’t that great. But it’s still helpful to watch.
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTifSf7tHfw[/youtube]

Instructions Continued…

  1. Cut out batting and fabric panels.
  2. a) Cut out 8 panels of quilt batting using the batting pattern provided.
    b) Cut out fabric panels using the fabric pattern provided. 4 panels of each color.

  3. Cut along all lines on foam egg about 8mm deep.
  4. Glue on batting and tuck in fabric.
  5. a) Glue a panel of batting on the foam in any of the 8 sections. Trim the batting if needed.
    b) Next take a fabric panel and place it over the batting. Tuck the edges of the fabric into the foam. Trim fabric as needed.
    c) Repeat step a and step b above on the next section with the other color fabric.
    d) Alternate panels of the 2 colors of fabric all the way around the egg.

  6. Glue cord onto seams.
  7. a) Start at the top (small end) off the egg. Using your tucking tool or a large needle, scrape off a small bit of glue from your glue stick and apply it to a vertical seam, where you tucked in the fabric.
    b) Next place the cord on top of the glue and pat with your finger to secure. Use your tucking tool or a needle to remove any excess glue.
    It is only necessary to use a very small amount of glue.
    Do not cut the cord at the bottom of the egg. Continue around the entire egg until you reach the top again.
    When finished with a seam, you can either cut the cord and tuck the end into the top of the egg or you can continue on to the next seam without cutting the cord, like I do in the video.

  8. Pin the bow, hanging ribbon, sequin to the top of the egg.
  9. a) Cut 16 cm of ribbon for the hanging ribbon.
    Melt the ends with your lighter to prevent fraying.
    b) Thread a large sequin onto a pearl headed pin first, then the hanging ribbon.
    c) Use the remaining ribbon to make the bow. Make 4 loops.
    Adjust the loop size as you like and trim the extra ribbon.
    When pinning the ribbon for your bow, use a figure 8 motion and be sure that the shiny side of the ribbon is always pointing outward.
    d) Dip the end of the pin in craft glue and pin to the top of the egg.

    If you need more help with the bow please see my All About Bows page.

  10. Pin the remaining pin and sequin to the bottom of the egg. Dip the end of the pin in craft glue for a secure hold.

Finished

Every effort has been made to provide accurate instructions for this ornament. If you have any questions or feedback please leave a comment below.

If you liked this then you will Love my DIY ornament kits. Please visit My Etsy Shop and browse my growing selection of affordable DIY kits.

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.

Easter Egg Sagemon

Hey everyone! I know it’s been several weeks since my last post. I just started a new part-time job teaching English to kindergarten kids and have been busy with training and my first lessons. We’ve also been experiencing strong aftershocks here in Japan. We had a 5 + as I was writing this post. Life is still a little weird and it’s been difficult getting back into my old routine. Anyway, enough excuses.

Introducing Japanese Sagemon!


In the time of the Samurai, in castles and wealthy households, nannies made sagemon for the children in their care to enjoy. Sagemon literally means “hanging stuff” in Japanese. They are mobiles made of traditional Japanese toys and may included temari, kimekomi balls and little fabric dolls of popular insects, birds, fish, etc. A mobile with 50 hanging toys was made for a child in hope that he or she would live 50 years, which during the Edo period was full life expectancy. Each ornament and doll had a meaning of some kind. For example, a cicada has a relatively long life for an insect, living 7 years underground, and when they emerge from the ground their noisy singing means they are strong and healthy. Just as the strong cries of a baby at birth is a sign of good health. There is even a specific order the different items should be hung in. Birds and flying things should be hung at the top, and so on. (Info translated from http://sagemon.net/sandai/)

Nowadays they are typically hung for Hina Matsuri, aka Doll Festival or Girls Festival and the traditional meanings behind this ancient craft have been lost within the general population. However, they are still a popular craft and the craft stores carry kits for simple sagemon, as well as individual kits for the little cloth animals, simple temari, and kimekomi balls.

I’m not so interested in the little fabric dolls. They are cute but not really my thing. I did however like the idea of hanging ornaments in a mobile. Why just hang ornaments on a tree or put them in a basket? Let’s think outside the basket!

Since it’s April, I decided to make an Easter Egg Sagemon. Luckily the small foam eggs I use already have holes in them.

I made 10 random Easter egg ornaments of varying styles and colors, using designs and techniques I have shown you in previous posts. I then strung them onto 4 pieces of thin cord, along with some beads, and attached them to a hoop using tape.

I used a thicker cord for the top hangers. I measured the diameter of the hoop and cut the thick cord twice as long. I then I sewed the cords together in a cross and taped the ends to the hoop.

I then strung a key ring at the cross point and tied a bow of pink cord around the hanging cords to create a loop.

The hoop I used was originally intended as a handle for a handbag. The clear plastic hoops were much cheaper than embroidery hoops or the hoops being sold specifically for sagemon. It doesn’t really matter what you choose to use because you’re going to cover it up anyway. I used a long piece of wide white ribbon to wrap the hoop. I sewed the end of the ribbon on the inside of the hoop with white thread.

Then I remembered I had this green beaded fringe from a project I did years ago. I sewed the fringe to the ribbon on the outside of the hoop.

That’s pretty much it! Add some silk flowers or stuffed bunny’s and chicks if you wish. Hang a large egg in the center. There are so many possibilities. Be creative and have fun.

May I also suggest you do a Google image search for “sagemon” or “さげもん”. You might be able to copy and paste those Japanese letters into your search bar. There are hundreds of wonderful pictures to gain inspiration from.

Got a question about this or another project? Leave a comment and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.