The first thing I have to do for all my fabric flowers is to pick the right fabrics - mostly cotton, but I also use satin or silk fabrics. I like to use patterned fabric, but solid colors are great too. After I decide on the fabric, I have to cut it into identical squares.
Now it's one of the most important parts - folding the petals. There are many different ways of doing it in traditional Japanese Kanzashi style. My personal favorite is the round petal. I usually use 6-8 petals per flower so I have to fold dozens of them before I move to the next step.
Next step - I have to carefully cut ends of each petal and thread it with a needle. When I have 6 petals threaded, I can start forming the flower. I open the petals up and delicately put them in the correct positions.
After the flower looks OK, I tie the thread. Then, I cut a small circle out of felt fabric in matching color and glue it to the back of the flower. I also glue the bobby pin.
Now it's time for finding buttons! I usually use vintage buttons I buy from Artfire sellers - a great way to get unique and beautiful buttons. I glue the buttons in the center of each flower.
Voila - the Kanzashi flower pins are ready to wear!
You can see the results in my ArtFire shop