How to Make a Chrysanthemum Flower
This flower evolved from 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—I’ll give the dimensions I used for this example and the equivalent “ribbon width” units, so you can make it larger or smaller as you see fit.
For this example, I used 4-inch-wide strips of organza. That will be the “ribbon width.” I cut three strips for this project. The first and shortest measures 16 inches long,or four ribbon widths (4 inches x 4 inches = 16 inches). This strip is pressed into four equal parts, forming three creases.
The next strip, measures 25 inches long, or five times 5 inches (1.25 ribbon width). Press this strip into five equal parts, forming four creases.
The final strip is 36 inches long, or six times 6 inches (1.5 ribbon width). Press this strip into six equal parts, forming five creases. See the photos below.
Cut in a zig-zag fashion between the creases, as illustrated by the white lines in the photo above. This will separate the sections.
Here are the finished units after cutting. The first strip yields three units, the second strip yields four, and the third strip yields five. This makes a total of 12 units to make the flower.
The base of this flower is sewn to crinoline, which is a thin, stiff interfacing fabric. Cut a piece about 3 inches square.
Gather the unit. You will sew these units to the crinoline in a spiral pattern, either clockwise or counterclockwise. I have drawn this onto the crinoline for the demonstration, but it is not necessary to do so on your sample. Stitch unit one to the center of this circle. Bring up the needle through the crinoline and gather the next…
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