Japanese Kimekomi Ball.

Japanese Kimekomi craft is a fabulous way to use up pretty fabric scraps with stunning results. A quick search on Google makes me dizzy with amazement. Basically you take a Styrofoam ball, design the pattern, cut grooves in it, place fabric pieces on the surface and tuck them into the crevices. Then add a colourful trim and other embellishments like beads and tassels.

I bought a Kimekomi ball craft kit during my recent trip to Japan. Β It’s by Panami. Love it!

Scraps of fabric (the shape depends on the design) and a few bits and bobs.
Scraps of fabric (the shape depends on the design) and a few bits and bobs.

 

You can use a plain, normal Styrofoam ball from craft shops. This one have grooves in it for convenience. The design is 8-division vertical slits with Obi centre.
You can use a plain, normal Styrofoam ball from craft shops. This one has grooves in it for convenience. The design is 8-division vertical slits with Obi centre. Cut grooves along the design lines (which you can make your own…the possibilities are endless).

 

Start tucking the fabric pieces into the grooves.
Start tucking the fabric pieces into the grooves.

 

Theoretically no glue is needed, but I added some for stability.
Theoretically no glue is needed, but I added some for stability.

 

The fabric is chirimen (specialised Japanese textured fabric). Colour and print coordination can be any way you want. I only used 2 designs and alternated them.
The fabric is chirimen (specialised Japanese textured fabric). Colour and print coordination can be any way you want. I only used 2 designs and alternated them.

 

Add the trim. This I didn't use glue, the residue may show through and would leave unsightly marks on the project.
Add the trim. I didn’t use glue for this as the residue may show through and would leave unsightly marks on the project.

 

Adding an Obi fabric belt, and pinning more trim and charms on the surface.
Adding an Obi fabric belt, and pinning more trim and charms on the surface.

 

I added a hanging loop and tassels too.
I added a hanging loop and tassels too.

 

These type of crafts are very popular for home decoration in many Asian cultures.
These type of crafts are very popular for home decoration in many Asian cultures.

 

Completed.
Completed.

 

I love Japanese craft kits - easy, convenient, most materials all in one packet, great for trying out new crafts without having to invest in tools and materials.
I love Japanese craft kits – easy, convenient, most materials all in one packet, great for trying out new crafts without having to invest in tools and materials.

 

Gifted away. Happy!

Gifted away. Happy!

 

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