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Fancy Fabric Flowers for Christmas

Yesterday we learned how to make fabric flowers with a Kanzashi Flower Maker. Following the petal template guide, it’s quick and easy to create beautiful fabric flowers in a variety of shapes and sizes. I chose to work with the Pointed Petal shape so that my flowers would look like poinsettias and soon found myself intrigued with the possibilities. What would happen if I layered different size flowers or fussy-cut the fabric or used fancy fabrics like lace or tulle? Let’s find out how to make fancy fabric flowers for Christmas!

Fabric flower sizes
Fabric flower sizes

 

Layered Flowers

Here’s the result of layering the three flower sizes shown above and adding an elegant decorative button. It does look like a poinsettia!

Layered flowers
Layered flowers

 

Fussy Cut Petals

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could plan exactly which part of the fabric would appear in each petal? It would allow us to position a printed poinsettia petal in each fabric petal. After a few tries, I figured it out. Here’s the Christmas poinsettia fabric I was planning to use. Gorgeous, right?

Christmas poinsettia fabric
Christmas poinsettia fabric

 

Fold the fabric, wrong sides together, so that the tip of a printed petal touches the fold.

Fold the poinsettia fabric
Fold the poinsettia fabric

 

Place the right side of the plate under the fabric and position it so that the petal lies to the left of the center.

Position plate on poinsettia fabric
Position plate on poinsettia fabric

 

When the plate is closed, the back side of the plate with the numbers 1 4 5 8 9 12 should align with the base of the poinsettia petal.

Position of closed plate on poinsettia fabric
Position of closed plate on poinsettia fabric

 

Proceed with the remaining steps described yesterday – cutting out the fabric, sewing following the numbers on the plate, removing the plate and shaping the petal – to create a fussy-cut poinsettia petal.

Fussy-cut poinsettia petal
Fussy-cut poinsettia petal

 

Join five fussy-cut petals to complete your poinsettia creation!

Fussy-cut poinsettia fabric flower
Fussy-cut poinsettia fabric flower

 

Fancy Fabric and Buttons

I would be perfectly pleased with Clover’s Kanzashi Flower Maker, fussy-cutting petals and layering different size flowers. But I still wanted to know how the Pointed Petal flower would look dressed up with some fancy fabric and buttons. Well, here it is in lace…

Lace flower
Lace flower

 

… and here it is in tulle.

Tulle flower
Tulle flower

 

As I said last time, I want to make fabric flowers just to showcase all the beautiful buttons out there! I always enjoy browsing through the themed Dress It Up novelty buttons. What better place to use a snowflake, jingle bell, or other Christmas charm?

Dress It Up buttons
Dress It Up buttons

 

It sure has been fun learning how to make fancy fabric flowers for Christmas using Clover’s Kanzashi Flower Maker, especially with layering, fussy-cutting and using fancy fabrics and buttons. But what will we do with all our flowers? Come back tomorrow for some Christmas decorating ideas – there’s still time to deck the halls with fabric flowers!

Kathy is a multiple international-award winning quilter specializing in appliqué techniques in a “contemporary traditional” style. She lectures and teaches all over the country at guilds, shops and quilt shows and is a CQA/ACC Certified Quilt Judge. Her work has been featured in magazines, and her designs are available as individual patterns as well as in her book “Sewflakes: Papercut Appliqué Quilts”.

3 Comments

  1. Tamie Wilson

    Thank you for sharing how to make these fabric flowers. These would look great on a headband for my granddaughters.

  2. Allison CB

    Awesome flowers…I think I have those templates and have never known how to use them!! Thanks!!!

  3. sandra patrick

    Would love to win

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