Sewing Tutorial: Kanzashi Christmas Tree

Merry Christmas Tree

Merry Christmas Tree

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Congratulation to the 3 winners who won the Green, Red and White trees during the Kanzashi Christmas Tree Giveaway Draw recently!!! For those who didn’t win or missed the boat, don’t be disappointed, here is the tutorial with complete step-by-step photos and even videos to guide you all the way to make the Christmas Tree!!!

Though it looks tedious but if you get your hands on it, it is pretty simple!!! Try it out!!!!

The Christmas Tree is made from 2 types of Kanzashi fold (or TsuNami) petals, round tip and pointy tip. Watch these 2 videos which I made to show you how to fold it. Perhaps you need to practice first before you can get a perfect fold for a start. Trust me, it is not as difficult as you see and think :)

I also prepared a pattern drawing for all the cut-out materials you need, you can download it here!

Video on folding Round Tip Kanzashi Petal

Video on folding Pointy Tip Kanzashi Petal

Christmas Tree and Pot

Christmas-Tree-WIP1Material:
1. Fabric glue or good craft glue
2. Sharp point Tweezer
3. Fabric for the cone base
4. Fabrics to fold the Kanzashi petals
5. Matching color sewing thread and needle
6. Cardboard for cone
7. Cardboard for the base of the cone

Christmas-Tree-WIP2Prepare the cone:
Roll the cone and glue it at the glue line. You might need to place 1 or 2 tapes to secure the joints before the glue dries.
Clip the curve of the base and fold it up as shown and apply glue on the that area.

Christmas-Tree-WIP3Insert the base into the bottom of the cone.
Glue the fabric to the base. Clip the curve and glue it up to the cone.
Make a small hole at the center of the base. You need this to poke through the floral wire later.

Christmas-Tree-WIP4Get ready your Kanzashi petals, both round tip and pointy tip.
Arrange them in alternate sequence, round, pointy, round, pointy and so on….
Apply glue on the 1st row. Raise the cone by placing a stand, it will be easy for you to work on.
Dip the petal base on a pool of glue so that it has enough glue to adhere to the cone.

Christmas-Tree-WIP5Start gluing the petals on the cone row by row, make sure the whole petal base touches the cone. Follow the numbers of petal required for each row as instructed in the pattern sheet.
Rotate the stand as you go on. Adjust the position of the petal if needed.

Christmas-Tree-WIP6 A close-up view showing the alignment of the petals and the base.

Christmas-Tree-WIP7 Top view: after completing the first row.

Christmas-Tree-WIP8Continue to work upward row by row.
Side view: after completing 5 rows of big petals.

Christmas-Tree-WIP9Side view: after completing another 5 row of small petals. Reserved the last row for final assembly.

Christmas-Tree-WIP10Top view.

Christmas-Tree-WIP11Prepare the pot of the Christmas tree while waiting for the glue on the petals to dry or at least semi dry. You can skip this part if you can find any alternative pot to substitute it.
Material:
1. Tube 30mm height (I used shuttercock tube which is about 65mm diameter)
2. A circle base (size: outer diameter of the tube) which I have glued the floral wire on.
3. A circle top with a small hole at the center. (the photo showed 2 but you need only 1)
4. A small cable tie
5. A small bell
6. A short length of ribbon (about 300mm)
7.A short length of paper ribbon 2.5 times the circumference of the tube.

Christmas-Tree-WIP12Assemble the pot by gluing the base and the top to the tube.
Cut the paper ribbon into half.
Open/unwrap one of the paper ribbon as shown, wrap it around the pot and glue it.
Glue the unopened paper ribbon at the top edge of the pot.
Cut off extra paper ribbon at the joint.

Christmas-Tree-WIP13Tie the cable-tie 15mm above the top of the pot. Apply some glue to secure it.
Tie a ribbon and sew the bell on it, glue it to the pot.
Apply some glue on top of the cable-tie.
Option (left): You can embellish the pot by putting some dry wood.

Christmas-Tree-WIP14Now, slowly insert the Christmas tree through the floral wire.
Apply some glue at the tip of the tree.
Continue with the petal attachment for the last row. Top half of the petal should touch the floral wire.

Christmas-Tree-WIP15Cut off the floral wire 10mm above the tip of the Christmas Tree.
Apply glue and insert a star on it.
You are ready to decorate your Christmas tree with some beads and bead garland.

Christmas-Tree-WIP16Place a circle of bead garland at the 1st row of the Christmas tree.
Glue the first and last beads onto the petals. Secure it with pins.
Apply some glues on the next few beads to secure the garland better.
Cut some beads from the extra garland that you left and glue it on the petal randomly to decorate it.

Christmas-Tree-WIP17Let the glue dry by leaving it over night or as long you can.
Done!!! Now you can decorate your table with the Kanzashi Christmas Tree you made for this holy season :)

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  1. Oh man Joanne after looking at the tudorial on making the leaves it is very tedius work. You are absolutely amazing. I would show you mine but we will wait until I perfect which will probably be never! lol

  2. thanks SO MUCH for the tutes.

  3. I’m so happy I won! They are so beautiful and I wouldn’t have the patience to make one myself! I’m jealous of what you can do! It’s fantastic!

  4. Thanks so much for sharing this I really love it. xx

  5. I absolutely LOVE these trees! They are fabulous. Thanks so much for sharing and for the tutorial. I think I’ll try to make one because I just have to have it!! Beautiful job!

  6. :O wow! This is awesome! I would love to try it but just too lazy…. hahaha…. your tutorial is great!

  7. Wow! This is such a comprehensive tutorial post! You must have put a lot of efforts to complete it. Well done and keep up the good job!

  8. I love them. They are so cute.

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  10. I love this.Thanks for sharing.

  11. Wow, you’re dedicated! I think I would get frustrated folding the fabric alone! :P

  12. Hola: Buscaba la tecnica para hacer flores y me mandaron para aca. Estoy gratamente sorprendida. Precioso el arbolito me encanto. Solo que ahora tengo que ir a You tube para ver como se hacen los petalos.
    Muchas gracias.
    Besitos.

    Translation (by Goolge):
    Hello: I was looking for the technique to make flowers and they sent me here. I am pleasantly surprised. Lovely little tree charm me. Only now I have to go to You tube to see how the petals are made.
    Thank you very much.
    Besitos.

  13. Great tree!!!! I will be trying it. I would love a picture of how to make the petals? But I will still try to do them!!!!!!!!!

    Still a GREAT TREE!!!!!!!

    Thanks

  14. This is truly beautiful! Wonderful job and I would love to try it. What type of fabric is best please?

  15. Thanks for sharing this. I love Kanzashi’s flower and now I love this precious Chritmas Tree.

    God bless you for this!

    Catherine from Dominican Republic

  16. Beautiful ! I wanna do this. What is it made a base? This is ordinary tissue paper/paper ribbon or what ? Please comment, because I love it and I can’t wait to making this.
    Sorry for mistakes, I’m from Poland and it’s Google translation ;)

    • Do you mean the base of the pot? I don’t quite get your question, sorry!

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      • I don’t mean circle base/tube. I wanna know what is it on this pot. What for small cable tie ? Did you wrap in paper ribbon on the base ? Sorry, but I don’t know how to explain it.

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        • Yes, it is paper ribbon which you can find that most florists like to use.
          The cable tie is to stop the cone from coming down to the pot.
          No paper ribbon on the base but you can cut a felt circle and glue it there.
          Hope this explain your question.

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  17. Thanks so much for the tutorial! I’m in the process of making mine and it’s turning out awesome. Your description has been perfect in helping me do it! 2 quick questions for you. First, do you have a good/efficient way to cut out all the squares? Folding them and gluing them hasn’t been bad, but cutting them all out was torture! Also, I’ve been having a problem with being able to see the cardboard cone through the fabric. I’m thinking next time I could spray paint it green, and that would help, but maybe you have another good suggestion? Thanks again, I really appreciated your tutorial!

    • Glad to get the feedback from you :)
      I folded the fabric into a few layers and used roller cutter to cut them out, it is quite painful too because I need to press quite hard to reach all layers.
      Another way is to get it done with tooling, like square puncher but it is expensive for low volume “production” because customization of the square size is going to hurt your pocket. So….. I still think using roller cutter is the best way.
      You can wrap the cone with the same fabric and glue it on.
      Please share with us your photo :) I am setting up a reader gallery soon, so you can upload your photo of your handmade done by using pattern and tutorial found in Craft Passion. It will take a while for me to get that gallery section done, so if you have any photos that you would like to submit, please email to me at craftpassion @ live . com (take away all the spaces in between).

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      • Hi Such a sweet lovely tree. May i know the measurements of the cloth squares and the cone card board pls? Thank you

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        • There is a downloadable pdf document in the post, please find the link and click to download. All information you needed to make the tree is there.
          Happy making :)

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  18. I am so doing this o.o.

  19. Can you please let me know a better description of what type of material to use? I’m not sure I know what you mean by poly jersey? Doesn’t the material need to be stiff? thanks Diane

  20. Hi! Thanks for sharing such an amazing tutorial! I can’t wait to give it a try! I bought all my supplies yesterday, hopefully I can get started today :-)

    I have a quick question, what is the height of the cone used for the of the tree? I want to make sure I’m printing the pattern the correct height.

    Thanks!

    • In order to check if the printed dimension is correct, just use a ruler to measure the small square petal, it should read 25mm or 1″.

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      • I made a smaller version to try it out first and it turned out beautifully. Now, I want to make a bigger tree using paper cone bought from Art Friend (craft store in Singapore). I used fabric glue but I got frustrated because it didn’t glue well. The petals kept falling off. So I decided to use UHU glue. It kept the petals in place and I was able to complete the whole tree in a relatively short time. Thanks for the detailed tutorial and please keep many more coming.

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  21. Hola gracias por el maravilloso tutorial, es perfecto y el arbolito maravilloso. Sobre el pdf con la informacion necesaria, yo no lo puedo descargar, hay tres enlaces en todo el tutorial, y no puedo descargar ninguno, seria tan amable en enviarmelo, gracias por su atencion, y disculpe que la haya molestado

    Hay un documento pdf para descargar en el mensaje, por favor, encontrar el vínculo y haga clic para descargar. All information you needed to make the tree is there. Toda la información que necesita para hacer que el árbol está ahí.

    Translation (by Google):
    Hey thanks for the wonderful tutorial, the tree is perfect and wonderful. On the pdf with the necessary information, I I can not download, there are three links throughout the tutorial, and I can not download any, would be so kind as to send it to me, thank you for your attention, and sorry that has bothered

    There is a pdf document for download in the message, please find the link and click to download. All information you needed to make the tree is there. All the information you need to make the tree is there.

  22. Thank you so much!

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  24. I do a lot of crafts and really like the table tree.
    I would very much like to know what kind of material you used and how much it takes
    Thanks in advance.
    you rewaly made a betiful tree

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