How to Make Fabric Flowers From Old T-Shirts
For a while now I've been making these pretty fabric flowers out of old t-shirts. They are super easy, so I couldn't resist sharing here. If you have an old shirt or any old piece of clothing that you don't mind cutting up (even jeans or old pair of slacks), give it a try. I bet you will love it! You don't have to have a special creative talent to make these—anyone can do it. They are very simple to create!
Once you have the shirt or piece of fabric cut into strips, there are basically just 3 steps and that's it. What I love the most is how versatile they are. You can use them to make lots of pretty things. Here are a few ideas:
- Make them into hair accessories like clips, headbands, barrettes, etc.
- Make a brooch to accessorize hats, scarves, sweaters
- Embellish another t-shirt with them by hand sewing them to the shirt
- Use them to embellish a tote bag or purse
- Cover a wreath, make garland, embellish other home décor pieces and lots more!
- Old t-shirt or other piece of old clothing or scrap fabric
- Needle and thread
- Glue gun
- Circle cut from the same fabric or felt
Plug in your glue gun and let it start heating up.
Cut a strip out of the t-shirt. I usually lay the shirt out nice and straight and starting at the bottom of the shirt, I cut the strip. Sometimes I cut right above the bottom seam and sometimes I include it in the strip and use it to make the flower. If you prefer not to use the seam, cut right above the seam and discard it, then cut your strip.
I usually cut it about 1.5 to 2 inches wide and try to use the whole girth of the shirt, cutting off one of the side seams to create one long strip. This creates a little bit fuller and larger finished flower. The width and length of the strip depends on what the finished flower looks like. You can experiment to find the look that you like. After you have cut the strip, make sure to smooth out any jagged edges.. at least on one edge of the strip.
Thread your needle with a good bit of thread and take the t-shirt strip and make a running stitch all along one of the edges, staying as close to the edge as you can, gathering a bit as you go. Once you are at the end, cut your thread and knot it with a good, thick knot. I usually knot it where I give myself a little bit of room to lengthen the ruffle if I need to. You can always go back and tie a new knot for a shorter ruffle if you need to. Gather your ruffle as tight or as loose as you want. Once you have it ruffled they way you like, it's time to roll it.
Starting at one end of your ruffled strip, start rolling it up. Keep rolling, keeping the stitched bottom as level as you can. When you get to the end, it should be all rolled together evenly as possible, sort of like a cinnamon roll. You can roll it tight or roll it kind of loose... each way will produce a different look.
Once your flower is all rolled up, glue it onto a circle cut from the same fabric or a piece of felt. I prefer to swirl hot glue around on the back of the flower, just to make sure the whole area is covered and stick the circle on... but you can put the glue on the circle and stick the flower on if you want- as long as it's completely attached, that's all that matters.... and that's it!! Turn it over, fluff it up and look at the pretty flower you just made!
Glue a pin on the back, glue it to a headband, make a wreath, etc. There are so many different things you can do :) Also, if you want to make one or a few of these to embellish another t-shirt with, you could use a needle and thread to sew the rolled flower together (by sewing as you roll) and then attach it to the shirt with the remaining thread. That way you can run it through the washer with no problem.
Create Different Looks of Fabric Flowers
You can change the look of the flowers by shaping one edge of the strip before you make your stitch. For example, if you do it with just the plain strip, it will come out looking similar to a carnation. If you cut scallops along the edge of a strip, the finished flower will look more like a rose.
Here are some illustrations:
More t-shirt flower photos:Click thumbnail to view full-size
You can make these flowers out of lots of materials and fabrics! Not just old clothes.. here are a few more things you can use make into these gorgeous flowers:
- old curtains
- old shower curtains
- scrap upholstery fabrics
- fabric remnants
- old sheets and pillow cases
- old blankets
- old towels, wash clothes, hand towels
- old tablecloths
- old Halloween costumes, old wedding dresses, etc.
In addition to fabrics, you can use this tutorial to make flowers out of other materials as well. Here are a few examples of other materials you could use:
- crepe paper
- garbage bags
- grocery bags
- plastic tablecloths
- old plastic tarps, plastic coverings etc..
A strip of anything that will hold a stitch will work!
Thank you for dropping by to learn how to make pretty fabric flowers from old t-shirts. I hope you found the tutorial useful for you!
Have fun and happy fabric flower crafting :)