I’m in Pennsylvania visiting family and doing local craft fairs this holiday season. It’s been so nice shopping at US craft stores again. They offer a different range of products that aren’t availible in Japan. At Joann’s I found some great college fabrics and made these fun ornaments to sell. Because I’m selling them I’m not going to give away the directions for making them. However I wanted to share the idea with you. They make wonderful gifts for college students and college grads.
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.
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. This design is very versatile. I’ve made several Easter Eggs using this same basic design.
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
tucking tool (I use a straight upholstery needle)
smooth foam egg, about the size of a standard chicken egg
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.