Kanzashi style fabric flower with a covered button center.
Kanzashi is the Japanese art of folding silk squares into petals. Although this is not the traditional origami-like folds of a Kanzashi flower, it is a super easy way to get the same look and stylish design. I have taken this beautiful tradition and translated it into something fun, casual and functional for today’s fashions. The flowers look so much more complicated to make than they really are.
You can make it with scraps or groupings out of quilting fun packs. You will only need an assortment of 4” squares. I used cotton, but any suitable weight fabric can be used. The amount of squares needed will be determined by how many petal you choose to make.
This is just one of the basic styles of this Kanzashi tradition. With these basic steps you will be able to create endless possibilities. Change the covered button center and use vintage buttons or beads. You can make one layer or two. Add a trail of beads and you have a traditional Japanese Kanzashi look. It is up to you and your imagination. Be creative and add some whimsy to your wardrobe.
I use this flower on my “Sew Retro” dress, pocketbooks, as a lapel pin, on headbands and hats, and just as a simple hair bow. The ways to use it are also endless.
Have fun and enjoy!
I do not have a fairy tale or quaint story to tell. I am just a hard working mother of 5 children and now I am raising 2 teen granddaughters. I have a great husband who even finds time after his long day to compliment me on my sewing designs.
I started sewing in the third grade. I have been sewing for over 50 years. My daughter and granddaughters still kid me about being a fashion designer when I criticize their choice of attire. I am ancient in their eyes. Most of my designs are from when I sewed for my daughter 30 years ago. That makes me and my designs VINTAGE!
Over the years, I have studied many different and correct sewing techniques. I started out with basic sewing for 4H club competition and later learned couture sewing techniques for state contests. I started college with sewing and design contest scholarships, majoring in fashion design but later switched to business. When my daughter was little, I went to sewing school and learned French hand and machine sewing techniques and smocking. My patterns will show how to accomplish many of these techniques. The patterns will give you the choices of just basic sewing on a plain sewing machine, options for finer sewing techniques and tips on sewing with a serger. All of my patterns are designed and written with the beginner seamstress in mind.