This rolled flower ornament is a common decorative element in traditional pojagi. It is not difficult, but takes a bit of planning ahead, since it involves glue and you need to allow drying time.
Traditionally, it is called a bat. It is a symbol of good luck and prosperity.
I also like to use this as a flower. You can see it on this bookmark.
This embellishment is best done with a fine fabric like silk. This sample is done with lightweight handkerchief linen and regular polyester sewing thread.
1. Prepare the fabric
Cut out a 2″ square of fabric.
Using a long, thin needle to help, roll up from the corner to the middle.
Once you get to the middle, place a pin or two to hold it.
Then roll in from the opposite corner. You can remove the pins and just hold with your fingers.
Fold in half.
2. Secure with thread
Thread a needle with matching thread, and anchor in the fabric.
Wrap the thread tightly around the fabric. Make sure it is holding it securely – maybe 12-15 wraps.
Once the wrapping is done, secure the thread again, knot it and cut it off.
Trim off the ends of the fabric, being sure to leave the wrap with the folded edge.
Place a dot of glue or fray check on the edges of the cut fabric to stop it from unravelling. Allow it to dry.
Once it’s dry, carefully open the rolls of the fabric.
There it is! A little bat, flower or whatever you want it to be..
To attach to a project, use matching thread and tack down in the ditches by the rolls.
If you look at traditional pojagi, you will start to notice them more now that you know how they are made.
You could use them in many embroidery or sewing projects.
Elizabeth DeCroos is the designer and teacher at Epida Studio. She loves to work in quilting, pojagi and embroidery and teach these techniques to others.
Learn more and get her to speak to your group.