One of my favorite wedding projects was creating these pretty tsumami (not to be confused with the natural disaster) flower accessories for my bridesmaids. They are much easier than you would think, and you can get really creative with the fabrics, colors, and buttons you use. You can find a few different tutorials on the web, but the easiest one to follow (and the one I used) is THIS ONE. I’m going to break it down further, as I did get a little confused in a few areas.
Fabric (see more details on the types to select below)
Needle & thread
Hot glue gun
Alligator clip, hair comb, or other hair attachment
1. Select your fabric: You can use just about anything, but keep in mind you need to iron, fold, and manipulate it, so lighter cottons and satins are best. How much you need depends on how large of a flower you are making, how many “petals” you will use, and if you are making more than one. For just one, you will only need to request about one foot of fabric. You could do a double-layered flower like the silver one here, or leave it with one layer of fabric.
2. Starch and iron your fabric. You can flip-flop this step with #3 if you want. Keep in mind if you are using a delicate fabric like tulle, you will need to use the low-heat setting on your iron.
3. Trace and cut circles. At first I used a formula can as my stencil, but that circle ended up producing a rather large flower. I found that a 3″ circle is the perfect size for a hair flower. For the silver flower, I used a 3.5″ circle for the satin and a 3″ circle for the tulle. You will also need to decide how many petals you want on each flower – I used 9 for no specific reason! Five petals would create a pretty star-like effect.
4. Fold your circles in half and iron the fold.
5. Fold them in half again and iron the fold. You now have a small triangle shape:
6. This is where the explainin’ gets tricky. Make sure all your little triangles are ready to go. Also have a needle and thread (about a foot of thread) ready to go. Pinch the middle of the triangle (both triangles together if you’re using 2 layers), where I’ve drawn the purple line (I’ll use a little help from the tutorial) :
7. Now pull the two edges into the center part that you pinched, and pinch it all together:
8. If you are ambitious, sew the whole end shut exactly as it looks, repeat with all the petals, and move to the next step. Or just move to the next step.
9. String the petals onto your needle and thread. Don’t push it all the way to the knot, though, leave some room there. Make sure you push the needle through the middle fold of the fabric (that part you pinched in step 6) or it will lose its shape. Also, make sure you poke the needle through in the same spot on each petal.
10. Tie your string ends together and pull tight! Knot the string and cut off the excess.
11. This is where I did some extra sewing on mine. I sewed on the inside of the flower, connecting each petal to the one across from it until it was all very tight and none of the petals moved around individually. I found at this point that if you sew from the back side, the flower will lay flat, and if you sew on the front side, the flower petals will put into each other and create a more raised effect. For a smaller flower, I’d recommend the latter.
12. You can try to sew in your button into the center, but it’s easier to just hot glue it down.
13. Cut a small circle of your fabric to cover up the ugliness of the back side, and hot glue that on. I am obviously not very talented at free-handing a circle, but you don’t see that side anyway:
14. Hot glue your hair piece to the flower. You may have to play around with the type you need for your hair – the alligator clips are actually more secure.
My matrons of honor wore the silver hair pieces at my wedding, and I wore a white version made from a sheer fabric. I actually made the center button for my own hair flower from the extra packet of beads that came with my dress (hot glued onto a bead cap):
I think I’d like to try a few cute and fun tsumami flowers for gifts for the little girls in my life.
UPDATE: I made these fun ones for my stepdaughter, the one on the right is to match her Valentine shirt. You can see that using less petals makes a more star-like effect.
Check out these versions: