Erin Currie from Seamstress Erin wowed us with her Rainbow Stripes Tote Bag in our recent challenge. Erin is on a kanzashi flower kick right now, and has turned that great obsession for folding and sewing fabric flowers into this fun floral clock. Find out how easy it is to make a Kanzashi Wall Clock, and be sure to stop by Seamstress Erin for lots more from Erin. She’s almost done with her Ph.D. in biochemistry, she sews, knits and does needlework, she’s busy preparing for her wedding… There’s lots to love at Seamstress Erin.
This unique cloth clock uses the Japanese craft of kanzashi to fold fabric into a floral timepiece. It can be made any size and in any combination of fabrics. It can be sewn together entirely by hand, or you can use a hot glue gun to speed it up. The clock pictured is 14” across.
You will need: fabric, a clock movement (available at most craft stores), heavy duty spray starch, a needle, thread and a small amount of stuffing. If you have a hot glue gun you can use it to speed up the crafting.
Each petal of the kanzashi clock is made from a square of fabric that starts at the size of the finished clock. So, for my 14” clock with 12 petals (6 from each fabric), I used 6 14”x14” squares cut from 1 yard of Serafina Birds & Branches in Ash and 6 14”x14” squares cut from 1 yard of Serafina Tiny Flowers in Ash. The center of the clock is cut from 1/4 yard of Serafina Freehand Flowers in Caliente.
Spray each square of fabric with starch and press, according to the instructions on the bottle of starch. Fold the fabric in half along the diagonal, wrong sides together.
Fold the left and right points of the triangle down to the bottom.
Flip the fabric over. If you are using a hot glue gun, put a small dot of hot glue on the tip of the left and right points of your diamond of fabric.
Fold the points to the center. If you are not using hot glue, hold the points in place with your hand.
Bring the left and right sides together at the center, folding the fabric along a vertical center line.
Trim off the bottom of the petal so that you have removed the portion that doesn’t contain all thicknesses of the fabric.
If you are using a hot glue gun, glue only the very end of the fabric together. If you aren’t, use pins to hold the petal in shape. You have now made your first petal. Repeat these steps with all of the other squares of fabric until you have your desired number of petals.
If you are using a hot glue gun, cut a circle of a piece of scrap fabric and arrange the petals with their ends all touching in the center. Glue them to the scrap fabric. This picture shows the flower flipped over after it was glued to the backing. The back side of the petals is the side with the raw edges exposed.
If you aren’t using a hot glue gun, sew all the petals together at the center by running a thread through the bottom of each petal. Run a second line of stitching higher up and a third line of stitching near the top. For added strength, run a line of stitching in a circle on the back of the flowers to gently tack the petals to each other. Here is an example of that process.
To create the center of the flower, cut two circles out of your contrast fabric. My circles are about 5” across. Sew the fabric, right sides together, using a 1/4” seam allowance. Cut out a small portion of the center of one side of the fabric. Turn the circle right side out through the hole and press.
Poke a small hole in the center of the circle that is just large enough to fit through the stem of the clock movement.
Place the fabric circle on the clock movement and assemble the clock hands.
Center the clock movement in the middle of the flower and stitch the fabric circle to the top of the petals, making a small tack in every fabric peak.
To puff up the center and keep the clock movement from moving around when the clock is hung, fill in the excess fabric in the center with stuffing.
Make a small tack between the sides of a petal on the back using a heavy duty thread to act as a hanger. Your clock is now ready to hang.
If you want more tutorials for making this and other types of petals, a quick Google search should help you find many resources. I also recommend the book Kanzashi in Bloom by Diane Gilleland; it’s what got me started down my Kanzashi flower kick. If you like to learn by video, Diane also has a how-to video on her website.
This post is sponsored by Bloomerie Fabrics, home to modern designer fabrics, quilting basics, beautiful organics and everything you need for embroidery. You can find the featured Serafina collection by Alice Kennedy in the wall clock project at Bloomerie Fabrics.