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Mitzi's Fabric Flowers

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Mitzi's Fabric Flowers are an inexpensive and eco-friendly way to get into the mood for spring. These gorgeous DIY fabric flowers are made from recycled materials. When you make this project, you'll be giving Mother Earth and yourself a break, because you'll clean out those fabric scraps that have been piling up. These fantastic floral crafts look great anywhere. Make a bouquet to decorate your home, or give out individual blooms to loved ones. They'll adore the fact that these flowers will stay bright all year.

For more beautiful handmade flower projects, check out our collection of 53 Printable Flower Patterns.
 

Mitzi's Fabric Flowers

Materials:

  • Fabrics of choice
  • Fabric stiffener
  • Paper wrapped wire stems
  • Assorted buttons
  • Glue gun
  • Awl
  • Sponge brush
  • Muffin pan
  • Star template

Instructions:

  1. Begin with star shapes cut from your fabric of choice. My stars were wonderful vintage quilt pieces, but using an 8-point star template on your favorite fabric should work just fine (just Google "eight point star template").
     
  2. You will need to cut two stars for each flower. I used contrasting colors for interest. You might want to use the same fabric for both stars, or have fun pairing various patterns and colors.
     
  3. After pairing them up, I put the pairs on a paper plate and coated each side with Stiffy fabric stiffener using a sponge brush.

    Mitzi's Fabric Flowers

    Mitzi's Fabric Flowers
     
  4. Once the fabric is coated with the fabric stiffener, I placed the stars up with wrong sides facing each other, that way the finished sides would be seen on both the inside and outside of the flowers.
     
  5. Put the pieces in a muffin tin to dry and give them a cupped shape. I checked periodically to make sure the fabric wasn't sticking to the pan as it dried. I could have used some Pam spray to help, so keep that in mind, especially if you are going to leave it to dry overnight.

    Mitzi's Fabric Flowers
     
  6. After these were dry, I punctured them in the center with an awl. Then I simply inserted a paper wrapped wire stem (purchased at JoAnn Fabrics in the floral department), with the tip bent at an angle to secure it inside the blossom. A dab of hot glue will keep the stem in place.

    Mitzi's Fabric Flowers
     
  7. The tips of the stars/petals curled in a flower-like manner.

    Mitzi's Fabric Flowers
     
  8. The last step is hot gluing a vintage button in the center.

    Mitzi's Fabric Flowers

 

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I find Elmers Glue watered down just a little bit works as well as Stiffy and it is much cheaper if you need to make a lot.

I LOVE these flowers and started out to make thembut I must be missing something. Are the fabric pieces sewn together before the stiffening step? Hope to hear and answer from Mitzi or someone! Please help!

I have a lot of left over fabric that I didn't know what to do with (1-10 inches). I never throw any away. Now I can use them. Thanks!

These have a lot more movement and I love the idea of fabric flowers to match the seasons! Buttons to match the theme!

Exotic! Very nice. I think even I can do this one. Love them!

I really like these flowers, I belong to a crafting group and can't wait to make these!

I really like these flowers. You can make them in different colors or mix them together with solids and patterns!

I like the different options and colors that can be made with this patern.

Great project - would also be beautiful with paper!

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