I’ve made another kanzashi flower hairband. This time, using these nifty hairbands from Wilkos, it’s a birthday present for someone. Idea is it goes over the whole head, rather than a ponytail. I used the same tutorial as before. Using smaller squares, 2 and a half inch square to be exact, I added the centre from a self-cover button with contrasting fabric. You may recognise the fabric from previous projects I’ve written about. I’ll likely have to adjust the length of the band (by measuring and sewing a new ‘join’) so it will fit the head of its recipient. It’s a birthday present for the same little girl who I made this for previously. I quite like using matching fabric for gifts when I can. It gives some continuity. Next time, I think I’d a) sew 8 petals rather than 6, so there is more even coverage of the flower; b) if I use the same sized button, I’d try using slightly bigger squares (maybe 3 inch) for better proportions. I got these self-cover buttons from Dunelm (22mm, sold in a pack of 5).
Tonight, I made a kanzashi flower hairband! The inspiration behind it is a bit of a long story which I won’t go into just yet. But please see my finished article here:
The blue fabric was some that I picked up from a lovely young family from Church who moved away to prepare for missions work overseas. It goes well with a big button from an old jacket, in my button box. Here’s what my collection of items looked like when I started out tonight:You may notice on the table a completed hairband. This is one I picked up on a long lost trip to Japan a few weeks ago. I bought it in a lovely little shop in Sapporo Station, before I ventured out up into the cold for the amazing Yuki Matsuri (Snow festival). Tell you what, the weather here in the UK this week is giving Hokkaido a run for its money!
During my trip to Japan, it was great to see many familiar faces, food stuffs and fashions. But I also found other things which, though were there before, were new to me. Such as white sesame tantan men (a kind of white sesame ramen – delicious) and these flower hairbands. Which I later learnt are called ‘kanzashi’ flowers – and typically adorn ladies’ hair when they wear kimono. Thanks to these two blogs, I made my own one tonight. I look forward to wearing it!
Jya ne (bye for now) xx