American Hearts (Two Hearts Revisited)

Way back in January of 2012 I made this ornament for Valentine’s Day.

Two Hearts, January 2012
Two Hearts, January 2012

Here is the link to the original post with the video. Two Hearts Kimekomi Ornament Video

I found some fun American themed fabric and thought it would be fun to make an ornament for the 4th of July holiday coming up. With a few adaptations to my “Two Hearts” design I came up with the following.

American Hearts, Red Side
American Hearts, Red Side

American Hearts, Blue Side
American Hearts, Blue Side

American Hearts, Side View
American Hearts, Side View

This only took a few hours to make and can be done with any patriotic themed fabric. I’m off to the fabric store now to see if I can find some Union Jack fabric. 🙂

Shamrock Kimekomi Ornament

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:

  • ball point pen
  • paper
  • measuring tape
  • craft knife
  • glue stick
  • craft glue
  • liquid white out
  • tucking tool (I use a straight upholstery needle)
  • 7 cm foam ball
  • quilt batting
  • solid bright green cotton fabric
  • shamrock patterned cotton fabric
  • green satin ribbon, in several shades of green
  • 2 pearl headed pins
  • 2 green beads
  • bright green 5mm sequins
  • 3/4 inch sequin pins*
  • 5mm green shamrock sequins
  • 0/15 seed beads*
  • *purchased at Cartwright’s

Instructions:

  1. Divide your ball into 4 equal sections.
  2. (Optional: Trace around the equator mold line.)
  3. Cut out a paper heart about 3 to 4 centimeters tall.
  4. 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.
  5. White out the dividing lines inside each heart.
  6. Repeat steps 1-5 on the opposite side of the ball.
  7. Cut the shamrocks with your craft knife.
  8. Using your paper heart as a cutting pattern, cut out 6 hearts of quilt batting.
  9. Then cut out 6 hearts of solid green fabric. The fabric hearts should be about 1 cm larger all around than your paper heart.
  10. With your glue stick glue a piece of batting over one of the heart shapes in the shamrock.
  11. 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.
  12. Cut remaining vertical lines on the ball.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Don’t forget to create a stem for your shamrocks with sequins.
  16. With the shamrock sequins, pin them around the large shamrocks, over the patterned fabric at random.
  17. 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.
  18. Last, add the bottom cap using a bead and a corsage pin.

Halloween Ornaments

Ornaments aren’t just for Christmas anymore. There are lots of ornament artists out there creating wonderful stuff for Halloween. Check out some of the wonderful ornaments I have found over at Etsy.com. Click on the picture to go to the listing for each item on Etsy.

I love Ornament Boutique‘s fun fabric and ribbons.

Happy Pumpkins by OrnamentBoutique

The Ornament Girl has a DIY tutorial and kits now. Perfect if you love her designs but still want to do it yourself.

Halloween Plaid Ornament Kit by The Ornament Girl

Lunniunni‘s ornaments are alway super fun.

Candy Corn Ornament by luniunni

I love the trim on this ornament by Prairie Creations Ornaments. Really beautifully done.

Mystical Pumpkin by Prairie Creations Ornaments

And last but not least my very own Halloween inspired ornament.

Skeletons and Spider Webs by Ornament Designs

Star Spangled

Tools and Materials:

  • ball point pen
  • tape measure
  • craft knife
  • tucking tool
  • liquid whiteout
  • glue stick
  • craft glue
  • 60mm smooth foam ball
  • cotton fabric in red and white
  • 1cm red satin ribbon
  • 6mm navy blue satin ribbon
  • 7mm white satin ribbon
  • dark blue metallic cord
  • twelve 15mm blue star sequins*
  • 3/4 inch sequin pins*
  • 15/0 clear iridescent seed beads*
  • two pearl topped corsage pins
  • two red hologram sunbursts*
  • two 8mm clear iridescent round faceted acrylic beads
  • two 5mm red metallic sequins

*Purchased from Cartwright’s

Basic Instructions:

  1. Divide your ball into 12 equal sections.
  2. White out the equator line if drawn and cut foam along vertical lines.
  3. Cut out 12 panels of quilt batting that equal the size of each section on your foam ball.
  4. Cut out 6 panels of red fabric and 6 panels of white fabric, a little larger than the size of each section on your ball.
  5. Glue one panel of batting on a section of your foam ball, then cover with a panel of red fabric and tuck the edges of the fabric into the foam.
  6. Repeat step 5 for the remaining sections on your ball with alternating colors of fabric.
  7. Glue cord onto all the seams.
  8. Thread a small red sequin onto the corsage pin. Then thread on the large bead, then the red sunburst, then about 15cm of white ribbon as the hanging ribbon on to the corsage pin.
  9. Next make the bow. To make this two colored bow alternate 4 loops of blue ribbon, 6 of red and last 4 more blue. Once the bow is threaded onto the pin glue it to the top of the ornament. You may also want to place some extra pins around the bow securing it tightly to the ball.
  10. Next, repeat step 8 and 9 at the bottom of the ornament. However, instead of a 14 loop bow, make a 8 loop bow with 4 loops of blue and 4 loops of red. Your loops should be smaller for the bottom of the ornament.
  11. Last, pin blue star sequins on the white panels. Each white panel will have 2 stars each, 1 just under the top bow and 1 just over the bottom bow.