Sew another petal on. Try to get the rounded ends aligned perfectly. Don't worry about the pointy ends-- we'll be cutting them off soon.
All strung together!
Time to cut off the pointy ends. Cut them off about 1/4-1/2 inch behind the place where the thread passed through.
Try to get the cut lines pretty even.
Now spread the petals out into a circular shape.
You get them into the flower shape by pushing down on the center bump.
Puff them all out, and then sew the last petal to the first to fix the shape of the flower.
Turn the flower over, and sew the bottom center area of each petal to that of its adjacent petal. This will help to shape your flower.
Now, turn your flower right side up and sew the indicated areas similarly. Try to keep these stitches small, as they will be visible.
Now flip your flower over again and do a running stitch through all the petals near the hole in the center...
...and then pull the thread in to close the hole.
Do the same for the top of the flower. You can stop here for a plain kanzashi flower.
I wanted an embellishment for the center, so I found some round clear beads and shiny-hanced them with Sally Hansen's silver anniversary nail polish (or whatever matching colors you have laying around the house).
I love these kanzashi flowers because they're so simple to make and versatile to wear. Some ideas:
- sew a bobby pin onto the back and wear it in your hair
- hot glue some to a headband
- sew it onto a ribbon for a bracelet or belt
- make a tiny one for a ring
- glue a pin to the back for a brooch
- recreate authentic looking geisha headpieces
- make two for shoe clips
- layer them
- make hundreds of them for a curtain
- or just a few for a mobile
Come up with some ideas of your own and have fun!