While looking for it, I found a pattern for Chinese lanterns by Aimee Ray, from the SewNews holiday issue. That would work, and has the added benefit of not being tied to any particular year. ... But apparently I didn't save the templates that came with it. So I winged it, sketching out a pointed oval about 12 cm by 5 cm and sewing six of them (cut from pale pink felt) to make a fat sphere-like shape. I stitched red flowers and gold stems on each side. Then, scrutinizing the pictures from the pattern, I added red felt "caps" to the top and bottom.
|The pink is much paler in real life|