This is a free article supplement in conjunction with the article “All Zipped Up” — featuring Kari Mecca’s zipper box pleat sewing technique featured in the Sew Beautiful Fall Issue #144.
Poinsettia Pin Zipper Flowers
By Kari Mecca
This season, view poinsettias anew when they’re made using
Kari Mecca’s new Whimsy PinWheel Tool and zipper trim. We
whipped them up in festive colors to adorn scarves, coats,
bags and hats; we added them to gifts and stockings for a
keepsake garnish. You can make them so quickly and easily
you won’t know when to stop. And if, per chance, you don’t
have a natural knack for embellishing, check out Kari’s popular
books, Sewing with Whimsy and More Sewing with Whimsy
at store.marthpullen.com; they’re filled with ideas for trimming
with fabric flowers.
PROJECT: Poinsettia Zipper Flower
IN THE ARTICLE
- Supply List
- Zipper Flower Instructions
Supplies are available from www.karimeaway.com.
- 1-1/4 yards white zipper trim with brass teeth
- 1/3 yard green zipper trim
- One to three 8mm red beads
- One to three 2mm gold beads
- White beading thread
- #5 milliner’s needle
- Whimsy PinWheel Tool (www.karimeaway.com)
- Five T-pins
- 1-1/2-inch jewel pin back
- Small scrap of ribbon (optional leaves & bows)
- Fabric glue or hot glue gun
- Piece of foam board or cardboard for a pinning surface
For other flowers shown, you may
use a five- or six-sided tool depending
on how many petals you desire.
Step 1 — Thread needle with beading
thread. Bring a threaded, knotted
needle up through center hole of
tool. Place tool on foam board and
push eye of needle into board so
that it stands up. Insert T-pins at
Step 2 — Place zipper tape 1/2 inch
from end on needle.
Step 3 — Loop tape around T-pin
with teeth on inside of loop and
place on needle.
Kits and instructions for flowers shown are
available from www.karimeaway.com
Step 4 — Work another loop around
Step 5 — Continue until all T-pins
Step 6 — To add second layer of
loops, shift T-pins inside each loop
two holes closer to center.
Step 7 — Begin wrapping T-pin in
Step 8 — Continue until second
layer of loops is complete.
Step 9 — Remove flower from tool
and pull center needle up through
all layers of zipper tape and secure
with a few stitches. End with needle
up to add beads.
Step 10 — Slide red bead and then
gold bead onto needle and insert
needle back down through red bead
and to bottom of flower.
Step 11 — Tie off thread on bottom.
Gold bead anchors red bead. Stitch
two more sets of beads if you would
like three berries at center.
Step 12 — Cut a 6-inch piece of
zipper tape and work into a loop
for a leaf.
Step 13 — Make two leaves and
|Step 14 — Tack or glue leaves to
bottom of flower. Glue jewel pin
About the Designer
Kari Mecca is the designer of Kari Me Away children’s clothing designs. Visit her website at
www.KariMeAway.com to view her complete line of patterns, sewing supplies and teaching
schedule. She is a regular contributor to Sew Beautiful magazine and a popular instructor at
the Martha Pullen School of Art Fashion.