Customer Creation: Claudette Pomroy’s Stuffed Kaleidoscope Ornaments
One of our customers, Claudette Pomroy, sent us photos of some ornaments that she’s made with Kaleidoscope Kreator and I just had to share them with you!
Here’s what Claudette had to say about them:
Just wanted to show you the Holiday ornaments I made using your product. I turned the pictures into black and white, then tinted them blue in Photoshop Elements, and then used Kaleidoscope Kreator to make these “snowflake” shapes on printable fabric, pinwheel style. I used a light box to see where the image edges were through the fabric and traced the outline onto the back of the fabric. Then I used a snowflake fabric backing and sewed around the edges, right side to right side, leaving an opening for stuffing. After I stuffed the mini pillows I tufted them with a silver snowflake button, added hangers and small charms stating the year. My sister-in-law loved these as her gift a few years ago – these are her daughters. I like that from a distance they just look like snowflakes and that you don’t realize they are pictures until you see them up close.
When I asked for more details, Claudette was kind enough to send instructions so that you too can make these!
1. I started with a picture of my husband and I. There was not enough picture at the top to fit the point of the snowflake, so I stretched just the top portion of the picture in Photoshop Elements (PE). That looked a bit weird, but it gave me the right shading. Then I dropped a bit of clip art into the top of the pic, covering the stretched part of the picture and adding a bit of interest to the point of my snowflake. Then I flattened the image, removed the color, and tinted it blue.
Ed. note: Claudette did a bit of editing in Photoshop Elements for this particular photo. I’ve included her tips here in case you run into a similar situation where the photo doesn’t fill the template shape in KK. She also used KK to tint the photo blue. If you don’t need or want to do this step, you can start with Step 2.
2. I opened the photo in Kaleidoscope Kreator and played around until I got an image I liked. I used the Quilter’s Star (06) template shape on the one of my husband and I, and Star (06) on the ones of my nieces. I found both shapes to work very well.
3. I saved my image at 6 inches, 300 DPI. Then I brought it into PE and created a background 300 DPI, 8 X 10.5 inches. I was able to fit 2 images per page, but I had to trim a bit off the second picture with the polygon lasso tool. I lined the pictures up so that I would have the most space between them, both butted to the edge. Since my image was only 8 X 10.5, that still left me a seam allowance for sewing after printing it on fabric. I used “Printed Treasures” printable fabric. I used the blank spaces to print the year so I could date my ornament.
Ed. note: If you don’t have PE, you can print two kaleidoscopes on one sheet by printing one kaleidoscope at a time directly from KK. Print the first one using the Print Kaleidoscope function (making sure to uncheck Center Kaleidoscope on Page). You can use the Page Margins (in the Page Settings section on the right of the print dialog) to give you more of a seam allowance on the left and top. After you’ve printed the first kaleidoscope, put the same fabric back in the printer, but turn it around so that the opposite end goes in first. Print again using the same settings.
4. After printing I cut my images apart, making sure to leave a seam allowance between the pieces. I used a pencil to trace my sewing line (all around the outside of the image) on the back of the printed fabric. (If you can’t see the line, use a lightbox or hold up to a window in daylight.) Then I placed my images on my background fabric and pinned between the points of the star. I sewed just inside of the line I’d traced, just to make sure I didn’t get any white lines around the edge of my snowflake. I left a small opening on one of the points to turn right side out. Then I turned the shape right side out. (I found that a tube turner helped a lot with this.) I made sure that my points were pushed all of the way out with a chopstick. Then I stuffed the shape (The chopstick was also handy to stuff the points.) Then I sewed the opening shut.
5. Next I used two buttons sewn in the center, one in the back and a decorative one in the front so that I could tuft the pillow. I made sure to sew my date label in with the back button. Then I added a hanger and my project was done.
Claudette says, “Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to share my project. I’ve had great fun making these and have found they make great gifts, especially for parents.”
Ed. note: Claudette shared another great tip as we were exchanging e-mails: She takes a photo of each gift that she makes and adds it to her “portfolio of gifts” so that she doesn’t give the same gift twice. I don’t know about you, but I’m instituting this practice immediately!
Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with all of us Claudette!