So I kinda dropped the ball blogging last week, and can’t even blame Christmas preparations (because those are STILL not done!) I’m really looking forward to sharing all the stuff that I have been working on, hopefully soon. One of the big projects this week was putting together a huge pattern order. I’m so excited to announce that Brewer Sewing is now carrying all of my patterns! Now it’s even easier for your favorite local quilt store to carry any or all of my designs.
For this week, I wanted to share a quick and easy Christmas decoration. These sew together super-quickly for gift tags, ornaments, or gifts. All you need is Clover Kanzashi makers, scrap fabric (I used satin for most of these, and love the glossy effect), buttons, cording, felt and tacky glue. I’m not going to post a full-blown tutorial, but I will hopefully give you some inspiration for your own holiday creations.
The first set uses the round petals. Alternate red (or green) and white petals, and make a typical kanzashi flower. Add a button to the front, and glue a bit of cording on the back. Hide the back of the flower and the cording ends by gluing on a bit of felt in a coordinating colors. Voila, kanzashi peppermints!
The bottom left ornament is kanzashi mistletoe. I made four large round petals from green satin, then gathered those petals, took a tacking stitch and added the two small round petals on top of the large round ones. I covered up all the loose ends with buttons on the front, and the same backing as described for the peppermints.
Here’s some snowflakes and a pointsettia made from the pointed and and gathered petal shapes (although the daisy petal shape would also work for the snowflakes). These are made just like a typical kanzashi flower. On the snowflakes, I alternated petal size, shape and colors. The pointsettia is simply 6 large pointed petals from red satin.
Easy peasy! I love how the flower makers make it so simple to sew with slippery fabrics like satin and tulle.