TBC Crafters 23 – Kanzashi Flower

I have fallen in love with Kanzashi Flowers since I started to make my own hair accessories for my daughter. They are just purely beautiful and original. These were worn by Japanese geisha in the past. Japanese brides may also use Kanzashi flowers for their wedding accessories too. In Japan, these flowers are usually made with silk but it is extremely hard to handle. I have tried to make some with silky fabric in the past but the outcome was not presentable. This time, I tried again and it turns out acceptable. Of course, it can be improved with more practices.

My daughter is a typical girly girl. She likes flowers, butterflies, pink, purple, laces, etc. She was also fascinated by the Kanzashi flowers when I watched various videos on YouTube before. I know that she definitely will be happy to see her new hair piece.

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Materials:

8 pieces of 2″ x 2″ fabric square ( I use cotton with simple pattern)

A piece of felt circle

Embellishment

Scissors, needles and threads

Glue (optional)

Step by step instructions

1) Cut out 8 pieces of 2″ x 2″ squares from a piece of fabric scrap.

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2) Fold the square in half diagonally and the right side of the fabric facing out.

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3) Fold the 2 sides from the outside to the inside to meet the bottom corner.

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4) Flip over the square and fold the 2 sides inwards. Fold the whole piece in half and the 2 corners wrapped inside to form a piece of petal.

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5) Turn the petal over and use a bobby pin to hold it in shape.

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6) Cut off the bottom part of the petal straight through.

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7) Thread all petals with a needle, fan the petals out to get the best appearance before tie a knot.

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8) Cut off the excessive thread.

9) Flip the flower and glue a felt circle at the back of the flower to hind the imperfect details. Or, use the needle and threads to sew the felt circle to the flower.

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10) Add an embellishment in the middle of the flowers in the front.

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11) Attach an elastic headband to the Kanzashi flower and it is ready to wear.

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