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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Fabric Kanzashi Flowers Tutorial

For a recent quilt project I made fabric Kanzashi flowers.  
This is a little sneak peek of the project.  

This quilt is going to Quilt Market while I stay home
(are you hearing "this little piggy...?")
but I can still show you how to make the sweet fabric flowers.

My version of these flowers is about 3" wide.

Let's get started.

For one flower you will need:

5 pieces of cotton fabric squares cut 3" x 3"
1 button - these are 7/8" but I have used larger and smaller
needle and thread
iron - I like to press my folds, but this is optional

Instructions:  Here is a pictorial tutorial

Step 1:  Fold fabric square in half to form a triangle
Step 2:  Fold fabric in half again to form a smaller triangle
Step 3:  Trim off the corners of the non folded edges.  This makes the raw edge side rounded.
Step 4:  Knot double thread (this gives a little more strength) leaving a longer tail than you normally would.  You will use this tail to tie a knot to round out all the petals.  Now take basting stitches along the rounded edge and pull stitches tight to gather.

Repeat with the other squares of fabric only use the same needle and thread for the next 4 petals.
This is the second petal being basted.

Continue this process until all 5 petals are basted onto the double thread.

Now tie a knot with both ends of thread to connect the petals into a round shape.
Cut the excess thread and needle and put a dot of Fabric Fuse on the knot to make sure it stays.

Put dots of Fabric Fuse around the center of the flower and push the button into the fuse.

Allow to dry at least 6 hours and you are ready to embellish your project with Kanzashi flowers.

This little piggy went to market,
This little piggy stayed home....


Vickie said...

Going to Houston ? Congratulations !

Kathy E. said...

Thank you for this tutorial! I've wanted to make something like this several times, and now I know how to do it! Stay safe, Little Piggy!

Carol S. said...

I'm sure your project will be a hit in Houston...loved it!

Anita Jackson @ Domestic Felicity said...

Where did the original design for the flowers come from? I absolutely adore these and am so excited to try this! Thanks for sharing!