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Project of the Month: Back-to-Back Kanzashi Ornaments


Shiny tinsel, colorful ornaments, and twinkling lights all make elegant and classic decorations for your Christmas tree, but if you’re looking for something new this winter, try your hand at the Japanese craft of Kanzashi. These fabric flowers made from small petals made of folded fabric were traditionally used to adorn the elaborate hairstyles of the geishas, but have been reinvented by modern crafters as decorations for tote bags, clothing, and Christmas tree ornaments.

We’re offering CrafterNews readers the opportunity to download the Back-to-Back Ornament project from Diane Gilleland’s new book, Kanzashi in Bloom: 20 Simple Fold-and-Sew Projects to Wear and Give (Watson-Guptill, $21.95), and we’re including Diane’s petal making instructions for beginner Kanzashi enthusiast. The Back-to-Back Ornament is the perfect simple but whimsical and beautiful craft to enliven your tree or that of someone you love this holiday season. You can also make bigger Kanzashi to use as window decorations, attach them to presents as a unique gift tag, or string a few together with ribbon and hang from a mantle as an alternative to traditional holly boughs.


Check out Kanzashi in Bloom for twenty hip, fashionable Kanzashi projects, from earrings and belt buckles to totes and drawer pulls. Use your scrap fabrics to create amazing crafts and gifts.

• Download the free instructions for Back-to-Back Kanzashi Ornaments (at



haydee gotay July 21st, 2010




About the Book
Kanzashi in Bloom
by Diane Gilleland Format: Trade Paperback On Sale: July 21, 2009 Price: $21.95
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