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How to make a Chrysanthemum flower

Jun 11, 2010
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This flower evolved out of the circular flower I posted a few months back. It’s somewhat extravagant, suitable for trimming hats, or as a finishing touch on an evening gown. You can scale it down mathematically-I’ll give the dimensions I used for this particular example, and also the equivalent “ribbon width” units, so you can make it larger or smaller as you see fit. For this example, I used 4″ wide strips of organza. That will be the “ribbon width”. I cut three strips for this project. The first (shortest), measures 16″ long-or, four ribbon widths (4×4″=16″). This strip is pressed into 4 equal parts, forming three creases. The next strip, measures 25″ long, or five times 5″ (1.25 ribbon width). Press this strip into five equal parts, forming four creases. The final strip is 36″ long, or six times 6″ (1.5 ribbon width). Press this strip into 6 equal parts, forming five creases. They will look like the photo. Cut in a zig zag fashion between the creases-illustrated by the white lines in the photo. This will separate the sections. Here are the finished units after cutting. The first strip yields three units, the second strip yields four, and…

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  1. rkriege June 3rd

    your advertising on the side panel covers up part of the directions

  2. User avater Djonee December 2nd

    I fell in love with this style of flower !! I have so many ideas on where to place it ! Thanks Kenneth

  3. nanacosta September 26th

    Mr. King, I am new to this site, and enjoying every minute of your wonderfull teachings!!! Thank you so much. Greetings from Costa Rica.....the rain forest ;)

  4. veliaLauerman August 30th

    Silk has been my preference for many years. Embroidery, flowers etc. Thanks for the up date on REAL SILK FABRIC FLOWERS. I recycle china silk tops/blouses and large skirts no longer wearable. Would love to see more on 1920's LARGE ROSES. Velia's Sewing Studio, 108 North street, Hudson, Michigan 49247 9705 where ELVES ( EnjoyLearningVelia'sEverydaySewing ) meet. veliasquiltstudies@gmail.com

  5. sews4fun August 3rd

    Gorgeous!
    I always look forward to your flower designs and I hope you continue to keep putting them out for all of us, they are always inspiring.

  6. User avater SerendipityMuse July 9th

    @ J_cat: If you're using Firefox, that's the problem. Try a different browser (just about any other browser will do). HTH!

  7. J_cat June 29th

    Lovely flower. I can not get the entire instructions to print. Has any one else run into that problem?

  8. jhackett June 29th

    This idea would look great on a fascinator for the races.

  9. User avater KennethDKing June 26th

    THis flower can be made from wide ribbon or strips of organza, either will do. Cutting on the bias won't work here, as the petals are very long and thin--the bias would make them pull apart very quickly.

    You can use polyester organza and the hot knife, and this gives a sealed edge so they don't ravel. Otherwise, they will ravel over time, but I think this adds to the charm of the flower.

    Another suggestion, if you are using silk organza, is to curl the petals with a small diameter curling iron before you make the flower. This will give a completely different look, one that is smaller in diameter but fuller in texture.

  10. aussiesal June 21st

    Surely Mr King means to cut one's own organza rather than try to find ribbon? Also, surely it should be cut on the bias to prevent fraying? What do others think?

  11. gwtw4ever June 16th

    Where does one find in such wide widths of organza ribbon?
    How do you keep edges from fraying? Whenver I've used organza ribbon it frays like crazy.
    thanks for neat idea.

  12. GingerGroves June 15th

    I made one using a beautiful peach color plus a burnt orange, the contrast between the two colors plus the sheen of the ribbon makes it exquisite....

  13. dreamlady June 15th

    It is an amazing idea and it's easy to make and very useful for evening wear

  14. User avater BarbaraSki June 15th

    I am needing something to wear in my hair(wig) with my Victorian evening costume. This would work perfectly. Thanks for the instructions!

  15. decoratrice June 15th

    I'm going to try cutting synthetic organza ribbon with my hot knife--that should seal the edges nicely and make for a more durable flower. Absolutely gorgeous! Thank you!

  16. User avater MissLou June 15th

    Thank you, this is a such beautiful idea and looks so easy. Wouldn't this work with strips of organza fabric in the measurements given. This could open up the color possiblities for the flowers.

  17. User avater shadezofmichelle June 15th

    I love working with organza in my lamp shade projects. This could be an interesting 3d effect in a smaller size.

  18. Lindamultitasker June 14th

    This is a fabric flower that I might wear myself! Beautiful idea and the step-by-step instructions are excellent. Must add organza ribbon to the shopping list....

  19. User avater pennykitz June 14th

    I would like to be entered into the drawing for free products. I am not sure if this is how to enter of not, but would love to win!!!
    Pennykitz

  20. shanrod June 14th

    i love this flower, should work in many crafts and i can see a pair of flip=flops [ thongs ] many ideas, thanks so much for all your ideas. purses the list goes on.........

  21. Sunspot June 14th

    LaMorgana - I had the same Ad problem as you until I clicked on "view all" That solved it for me, hope it helps you.

    Love the flower, too!
    Barb

  22. User avater chey June 14th

    Love the look of this! Will make one for my daughter and know she will love it. Also sent it on to my sister as she would also enjoy making them. Thanks for the great instructions!

  23. LaMorgana June 14th

    Could you please resend this without the pop-up advertising covering the printed instructions.

    Thanks.

  24. Viennasews June 14th

    Such creativity and the result of it is just so beautiful!!
    Definitivly will try it I have the same type of fabric at hand.
    I am very enthusiastic to do it, thank you Mr. King.

  25. User avater fadedredrose June 14th

    I am glad to see this flower, when I was 9 yrs.old my Mother started me sewing, she had studied design in College in the early 1920's and she made all dress patterns and made all sorts of flowers and decorations from ribbon, and taught me this, I have not seen this done for years. Thank You for this article and the memories, I still use ribbon flowers on the shoulder of a suit or it dresses up any outfit and they are back in fashion again. Thank you again I enjoy your magazines so much.

  26. User avater TigerB June 14th

    It would be a lot of fun to dye the organza strips in multiple shades of the same color and then make the flower! Great tutorial!

  27. Stitichy June 12th

    Wow! I really like the look of this - I'll have to try it.

  28. User avater trishapat June 11th

    The flower is really beautiful. THe color and sheen of the organza add to it's appeal.
    I wonder if it will unravel and how it will look if it does.
    Whether it does or doesn't, it's truly lovely.

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