I’ve been on the hunt for a simple tutorial on how to make pretty flowers out of fabric or paper. Thanks to The Renegade Seamstress sharing her tutorial, I am in heaven making beautifully simple fabric flowers out of old shirts. What I love most about this project is the chance to reuse really old and unwearable clothing instead of throwing it away. So, I started with two shirts that I probably shouldn’t wear anymore. The shirts had a good run, but I think it’s time for retirement.
From the shirts, I cut eight circles – all the same size. Well, technically I cut as many circles as I could from the two shirts. For making a flower, I used eight circles. I used one of the circles as the base of the flower, and simply folded seven circles for the petals. Fold one circle in half, fold it again, and fold it one more time. I used my fabric glue pretty generously during the folding process and the placing the petals on the base.
Just think of cutting a pizza or pie when placing an individual petal on the circle base. The number of petals can vary depending on fabric type, circle sizes, etc. Seven was my magical number when creating my fabric flowers. Again, to keep my petals in place, I pretty much placed glue dots everywhere. I love love love love love this process because it’s so easy! I sat my tushy down in front of the TV and used most of my fabric circles.
The project lasted as long as the 30-minute TV show I was half watching. However, I’m not quite sure how I will use my flowers. I want to sew a few flowers onto a refashioned skirt, but the fabric glue I bought is meant for temporary use. My husband was a little impatient with me when I told him I needed “two seconds” to run into a craft store, not giving me much time to carefully look over the fabric glue selection.
No matter. The fabric glue served its purpose of keeping the petals in place until I can figure out how to use the flowers. Once I have a plan, I’m sure I can throw in a few stitches for a better hold. As long as the flower won’t go through the washer, the fabric glue should be sufficient. I think I might add a few flowers to a few refashioned tote bags or maybe a headband. The possibilities are endless.
One last step … once my petals were in place and I gave the glue sufficient time to dry, I dug through my button collection and added a button to the center of each flower. And I absolutely love the end result of my fabric flowers! I know I will definitely use this method again with fabric scraps or old clothing. The process was super easy. The results are amazing. And I’m reusing items from closet or using fabric scraps. A win-win-win craft project. 🙂