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Kanzashi Flower Headbands

Added Aug 19, 2011

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






Kanzashi is a traditional Japanese art form of folding and stitching fabric petals for use in beautiful adornments— especially for hair. This somewhat time consuming process has recently been innovated by Clover with the Kanzashi Flower Maker: You simply set a small square of fabric in a flexible plastic plate, cut + sew— and voil, you’ve got silk petals!

This project was so simple that children and adults alike could complete the process. Add a braided silk band and some scraps of organza and these headbands are pretty enough to wear in a wedding (think bridesmaids + flower girls), to a dance, or a Sunday stroll.

Please Note: Some of you have reported that you are unable to download the .pdf instructions associated with this project. We have reported this issue to our Technical Support team, and they are working on remedying this issue as soon as possible. In the meantime, you can view each instruction step online by clicking the “Instructions” tab above. We sincerely apologize for this temporary inconvenience.

Material Notes

1/4 yard silk charmeuse; 1/4 yard silk chiffon; scrap of organza; Kanzashi Flower Plate: http://www.clover-usa.com




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Bohemian, Bridal, Evening Wear
Chiffon, Cotton, Silk, Taffeta



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    Aug 24, 2011, 01.32 PMby janecappyyahoocom

    I’d love to try these with cashmere

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    Aug 24, 2011, 08.49 AMby blueshoegal

    This is needlessly complicated with the use of a flower plate. The flowers aren’t Kanzashi style either.

    I posted a tutorial on folding petals a few months back: http://www.burdastyle.com/techniques/fiskars-unzipped-kanzashi-japanese-fabric-flowers (excuse the less than perfect images)

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    Aug 23, 2011, 11.25 PMby princessleah

    I love this book, Kansashi in bloom, which explains how to make these flowers without a special template.http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=kanzashi+in+bloom&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=2061519355454004565&sa=X&ei=NjZUTuCgNPPViALi-qy2Bg&ved=0CFkQ8wIwAw

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    Aug 23, 2011, 10.44 PMby Micheline29

    I’can’t open pdf Why?

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    Aug 23, 2011, 08.53 PMby emmstyle

    pdf opens but the text cuts off and the pictures are foreshortened.

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    Aug 23, 2011, 08.48 PMby lbelcastro

    I also could not get the pdf to open. It looks like you need to have that special pink plate to do this though? Is that correct?

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    Aug 23, 2011, 07.11 PMby auntie-moe

    I can’t get the pdf to open…anyone else having this problem?

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      Aug 23, 2011, 08.34 PMby SweetSea

      Yep, PDF won’t open for me either.

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      Aug 23, 2011, 08.34 PMby denise2003

      I am. I downloaded the pdf and could not open it.

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    Aug 23, 2011, 07.07 PMby Shannon Grech

    This little girl is just way too cute!!

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    Aug 23, 2011, 02.02 AMby jenss-1

    Have to say that I love Clover products and the templates are ingenious. I was given a kanzashi brooch (from Japan). It looks like it has a self-fabric covered button in the middle. The Clover video doesn’t mention it, but for the traditional Japanese look, printed rayon chirimen fabric is often used.

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