Friday, February 24, 2012

Mock Kanzashi Ribbon Flowers

how to make ribbon kanzashi flowers

Kanzashi flowers are essentially a type of Japanese fabric flower origami. While there are numerous tutorials on the internet on how to make kanzashi flowers, I personally have never quite been able to get them right. Something about aligning the petals gets me every time.

However, I have had success with these very simple ribbon flowers that somewhat resemble Kanzashi flowers. Hence, why I am referring to them as "Mock Kanzashi Ribbon Flowers"

kanzashi ribbon flower

Check out the tutorial below!

And in case you were wondering, yes, my cat finally did get to come in and see what I was up to.

kanzashi ribbon flower kitty

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

How to Make Fabric Strip Flowers

fabric strip flowers

Fabric strip flowers are a great way to use any pieces of scrap fabric you have lying around. They're easy to make but have more of an alternative flower look than the gathered fabric flowers. All you need is some fabric scraps (or ribbon, if you want to do less cutting), a needle and thread, and something to put in the center (beads, buttons, etc).

satin fabric flowers
Made of strips of satin fabrics

ribbon strip flower
Made of strips of organza and satin ribbon

And Now For the Tutorial!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

How to Make Gathered Fabric Flowers

how to make gathered fabric flowers

Gathered fabric flowers are extremely simple and easy to make. All you need is a strip of fabric and a needle and thread. Any size strip of fabric will do, but the final look and feel will differ depending on the width and length of the fabric you use and whether or not you choose to fold it. You can also use beads and buttons for decorating your fabric flowers.

folded gathered fabric flower
These fabric flowers were created using a 3-inch wide, 30-inch long pieces of fabric with buttons for the centers.

embroidered gathered fabric flower
This fabric flower was created using a wide, but shorter strip of fabric cut from an old dress and then sewn on top of another gathered strip to keep it from flopping due to its size. The edges were sealed with clear nail polish to prevent fraying and the center is 3 plastic pearl beads.

satin gathered flowers
These were created from strips of satin materials. The edges have not been sealed.

And Now For the Tutorial!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Ribbon Flower Earrings

So you may have already gotten the free ribbon flower tutorial from my website

I received an email the other day from someone expressing disappointment because the flowers were not small enough to make earrings from.

I hadn't thought about making earrings from fabric and ribbon flowers before. Can you make them small enough to make earrings from? I decided to try it and see.

I used the same ribbon flower as in the free tutorial from my site, but with a dime-sized piece of felt and a 13 in (33.02 cm) piece of ribbon. I cut the ribbon in half length-wise and made the crimps a lot closer together. You can probably use a slightly shorter piece of ribbon as I ended up cutting off the excess at the end. For more details on how to make the flower, you can get the free video tutorial from

What do you think? Too gaudy? Just right? Where would you wear these to and with what?

The pair with the yellow center ended up slightly smaller than the pair with the purple center.