Katamari Cousin Christmas Decorations




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These Katamari decorations are a great way of using little scraps of felt and ribbon to make brightly coloured decorations for your geeky Christmas tree!

This instructable is a Christmas two-parter with this Katamari Ball Tree Topper

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Step 1: You Will Need:

a) Felt scraps
b) Ribbons in bright colours
c) Embroidery thread
d) Lighter (to seal ribbon edges)
e) Marker pen
f) Needle
g) Sharp scissors

Optional (not pictured):
h) Pins
i) Toy stuffing

Printed copy of the pattern

Step 2: Get All the Parts Read

1) Cut out template pieces

2) Mark the head shape twice onto your main felt colour using your marker pen. Cut out using sharp scissors.

3) Mark the ends of the head twice onto your secondary felt colour using your marker pen. Cut out using sharp scissors.

4) Mark the face onto flesh coloured felt using your marker pen. Cut out using sharp scissors.

5) Make the face border. Line up your face piece with the edge of your border colour. Use embroidery thread and little evenly spaced stitches to sew the face onto your.

6) Trim away the excess leaving a 2mm border around the face.

Step 3: Sew Everything Toegether

7) Pin all the felt pieces in place.

8) Sew face on using embroidery thread. Use neat evenly spaces stitches all the way around

9) Cut two pieces of ribbon slightly longer than the height of the head. Seal the ends by quickly passing a flame over them.

10) Pin the ribbons on top of the head end pieces.

11) Use embroidery thread and evenly spaces stitches to sew the ribbon on. This will also keep the end caps in place.

Step 4: Adding the Details

12) Use orange embroidery thread to stitch on the nose. Make three stitches in a triangle pattern.

13) Use red embroidery thread to stitch on the mouth.
Make three increasingly smaller stitches one under the other.

14) Use black embroidery thread to stitch on the eyes. Make each eye out of two slanted stitches close together.

15) Take a 22cm pieces of ribbon, seal the ends. Turn the face over and pin the ribbon to the back, in the centre.

16) Pin the back of the face to the front.

Step 5: Sew Round the Edge

17) Blanket stitch all the way around.

How to do blanket stitch
a) Pass the needle through the fabric 2-3mm away from the raw edge,
b) Pass the needle through the stitch you've just made, creating a loop.
c) Pull firmly and repeat.

Step 6: Finishing Touches

18) When you're about 2cm away from being all the way round lightly stuff, to give the decoration some rigidity, and finish sewing to the end. Tie off and use the needle to take the leftover thread inside the decoration.

That's it! Now make a Katamari Ball Tree Topper to go with it :)

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    8 Discussions

    I don't have christmas but i am definitely using this in my car! :-D thanks!

    the center piece of fabric definitly looks like a white cheddar cheese-it with a face


    9 years ago on Introduction

     "My, Earth really is full of things!" - King of All Cosmos:

    (great job!)