January 30, 2012

How to Make Fabric Flowers from Old T-shirts

I decided since I don't have a lot of Valentine decor perhaps I could sweeten up a plain tan pillow I had picked up a few weeks ago. I wasn't aiming for anything traditional  {ie. hearts, cupids, etc} so it was perfect when a pink shirt sitting a top a donation pile happen to catch my eye. I thought why not use the old shirt to make some fabric flowers? {Sorry about that Goodwill!}

To get started, after you've picked a shirt to destroy {there's about twenty in my hubby's dresser if you'd like to burrow them} you will want to cut a circle approximately 2 to 2.5 inches in size from your coordinating colored felt. 

Next, you are going to make your paper template. Draw a flower on your piece of paper. This doesn't have to be perfect but I would suggest making a flower with at least 5-6 petals.  Cut the template out. My flower measured about 2.5 inches wide. 

Now using your flower template start cutting your fabric flowers.  I just placed my paper template down on the shirt & cut around it {you can use pen to trace your template first but this will leave pen marks as you will see in one of my pics below. I ditched the pen after the first few flowers.}. Again, no need for perfection here. As you can see above, my fabric flowers look like blobs! You'll need to cut out about 11-12 flowers.
Now take one of your flowers & fold in half and then in half again. Repeat until you have four folded flowers then take your glue & adhere them to your piece of round felt.  You'll want to place them edge to edge but as you can see you may have some space between them depending on the size of your flowers and felt. No biggie! That space is going to be covered anyways.
 Once you have those four glued down to the felt circle you'll want to glue the folded flap of each flower to itself. See picture above.
Fold four more flowers & glue them on top of the original four flowers but place them semi-perpendicular to the first grouping {so you cover the first group of flower's edges}. Repeat the layers until you have one last fabric flower left. 

In order to make the center of you flower you're going to fold your last fabric flower in half but instead of folding it again you will want to roll it.
Then adhere to the center of your flower with a big glob of glue. Once that has dried, fluff up your petals & you should have a pretty & delightful little fabric flower!
Now your ready to adorn your pillow or what ever it is you want to dress up with your t-shirt flower. Of course unless you have a little mischievous doxie who likes to kidnap your flower project after you scold her for barking incessantly at the mail man. Then like me you'll spend fifteen minutes searching for said flower.
Evidence that my dog is a bully.
In order to get the t-shirt flower attached to your pillow or item you can either hot glue or sew it on.

I actually created two different sized t-shirt flowers for my project & then clipped on a matching chiffon flower clip I had lying around. I'm loving the soft & romantic touch that the flowers add to my decor!





21 comments :

Lindsay said...

This is awesome! What pretty little flowers! I am going to pin this for later! Thanks girl!

Tiaras & Bow Ties - Think Smink said...

They turned out so cute! Adds just the right touch of pink femininity to any room I would say!

Val said...

Aww, how super cute!!

Nat. said...

Awwwww cute!!!
I love to make those flowers because they are so simple and quick... (I would love to see a close-up of the blue/flowery one!)

I was laughing so hard while reading your post!!
Your "donation pile / Goodwill" comment sounded like something I have to explain to my hubby when I'm using clothes that I'm supposed to donate... and that I already put in a bag marked "Goowdill" :D

One of our cats is very playful and loves to "borrow" what I make... She especially looooves felt flowers!
when she finds one under the couch or behind a cabinet (where they usually end up when she plays with them) she brings it to me and waits for me to throw it across the room so she can fetch it...

x.o
Nat.

Tonii said...

Those flowers are gorgeous, and the tutorial is really great...I may even be able to do it! :) Seriously, so darling...great job!

Sarah said...

The flowers turned out great!! I love how they don't scream V-day. You can actually keep them out once Valentines is over! Great idea girl! And the tutorial is great!!

The German Girl said...

OMG - They look totally cute! You did such a great job!

Kristi said...

So cute!! I've got LOTS of old t-shirts to use for this!! Would be delighted for you to link to my brand new party: http://www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com/2012/01/mop-it-up-mondays-party-1.html
{HUGS},
kristi
your newest follower ; )

Love Sweet Love said...

Um LOOOVE these! And I'm so glad you shared a tutorial because I absolutely can NOT make flowers to save my dang life. Pinning this! :)

Fashionable Memories said...

Absolutely love it!!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!! I will definitely follow your blog!!! If you have a chance please visit/follow my fashion blog. It will mean the world to me if you did. Thanks so much in advance!

Jill Franklin said...

Super! I love this.

...and yeah, my dog is a prankster too. this morning my sock went missing,found it in the kitchen.

Cat said...

Your flowers turned out great! I love your "new" pillow ... the flower bouquet is the perfect touch!

Ha-ha ... how funny that your pup *helped* you with this project :)

xxCat

Cat said...

Your flowers turned out great! I love your "new" pillow ... the flower bouquet is the perfect touch!

Ha-ha ... how funny that your pup *helped* you with this project :)

xxCat

Tonia L said...

Fantastic flowers! I need to make a Goodwill pile but keep putting it off! I even have a pile of old clothes that I *might* use for projects...LOL!

Mari said...

They look gorgeous! Thank you very much for this tutorial! ♥

Kristi said...

Thanks so much for linking this up last week. I featured you this week over at ishouldbemoppingthefloor: http://www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com/2012/02/mop-it-up-mondays-party-2.html

You've been a busy gal! Would love for you to link up some of your creativenesss at this week's party. The children's lap desk and THAT WASHI TAPE FEATURE...they look so fabulous. Would be delighted to see any or all of your projects show up at the party this week. Hope you're enjoying Superbowl Sunday!

{HUGS},
kristi

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

Such cuteness! Love the idea of using old t-shirts!

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

this is a great idea...and I'm always glad to find cute ways to repurpose old clothing. I found your blog via a link on the Living Well with less $$$ blog :) :) Thanks for sharing this tutorial. I'm going to bookmark this...and probably put it on Pinterest, too :) :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

Stacey said...

Cute and great idea to recycle old clothing! Love that! Thanks again for linking!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Comeca Jones said...

Too cute!

Rhona MacK said...

Gorgeous! Worked so well, great instructions!

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