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!
Here’s the result of layering the three flower sizes shown above and adding an elegant decorative button. It does look like a poinsettia!
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?
Fold the fabric, wrong sides together, so that the tip of a printed petal touches the fold.
Place the right side of the plate under the fabric and position it so that the petal lies to the left of the center.
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.
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.
Join five fussy-cut petals to complete your poinsettia creation!
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…
… and here it is in tulle.
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?
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!