It’s cherry blossom time in Baristaville and so I called on my inner geisha girl to make these semi-traditional Japanese flowers. It is a bit like folding origami but with fabric. Once you make a couple, they are really easy and a bit addictive. The best part is you can get everything for this project locally from the fantastic Baristaville store Rock, Paper, Scissors*. They carry gorgeous fabrics and all kinds of beads, buttons etc. Some new and some vintage. I’m a sucker for just about anything vintage except food…I like my food kinda on the fresh side.
This is what you will need:
- Cotton or silk fabric about 1/4 yard of each color
- Buttons, beads etc.
- A needle and thread
- A warm temperature glue gun
- Barrettes or pins with backings
Instructions for round Kanzashi petal
Step 1: Cut out 5-6 3’x3″ fabric squares
Step 2: Fold in half
Step 3: Fold one corner down to the middle
Step 4: Fold the other corner down to the middle to make a diamond shape
Step 5: Flip over
Step 6: Fold left and right corners into center
Step 7: Fold in half with the corner you just folded in the middle and pin
Step 8: Cut bottom triangle piece off.
Step 9: Double thread a needle and push needle through the bottom (make sure all of the petals are facing the same way)
Step 10: Tie thread in a double knot (not too tight)
Step 11: Gently fold out the petals (this can be the trickiest part) Push your thumb in the middle to form the petal shape
Step 12: Sew or hot glue and beads, buttons etc. in the middle of the flower
Step 12a: For leaf make one petal from green fabric and glue between petals
Step 13: Hot glue a circle shaped felt or any fabric onto back of flower
Step 14: cut out heart shaped piece of fabric for the barrette and oval shaped for a pin (I like felt) and hot glue barrette or pin between the two layers of fabric
These look great pinned or clipped onto coats or in hair.
*Rock, Paper, Scissors has books that you can check out about various crafting projects. I checked out a book called Kanzashi in Bloom which was a big help.
Questions? Just Ask Holly in comments.