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Upcycled Vintage Fabric Flowers

Fabric roses are a great craft because they can bloom at any time and in any climate! Save an old t-shirt and repurpose it to create your own Upcycled Vintage Fabric Flowers from Linda Peterson. Stick a flower anywhere - on your shirt, your shoes or in your hair!

Upcycled Vintage Fabric Flowers


  • Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Peel and Stick Tape
  • T-shirt to cut up
  • 3” length of beaded trim (optional)
  • Tulip Fabric Paint – Pink and Green pearl
  • Scissors
  • Fabric brush
  • Pencil
  • Pin back or barrette (optional)


  1. Cut out a circle from a piece of the t-shirt material. The bigger the circle, the bigger the flower.

    Upcycked Vintage Fabric Flowers
  2. Draw a spiral inside the circle and cut out. (Please note that the dark pattern line in this photo is for reference only, your pattern line should be drawn barely visible.)

    Upcycled Vintage Fabric Flowers
  3. Apply tape to edge of fabric.

    Upcycled Vintage Fabric Flowers
  4. Peel off backing and begin rolling the fabric around itself. It is okay if the fabric gathers and bunches in different areas. If necessary, trim off the “cone” on the back of the flower. Cut another circle of fabric to fit over the back of your flower. Apply Peel and Stick Tape and press the fabric in place over the back of your flower. Turn flower over and arrange the petals.

    Upcycled Vintage Fabric Flowers
  5. Create a rectangle from t-shirt fabric. Fold each side down creating a point in the center.

    Upcycled Vintage Fabric Flowers
  6. Apply a piece of tape along bottom and fold the edges towards the center again. Trim off bottom to be flush. Paint leaf green.

    Upcycled Vintage Fabric Flowers
  7. Paint flower pink. Apply leaf and trim to back of flower with Fabric Fusion tape. Glue pin back or barrette onto back of flower.

    Upcycled Vintage Fabric Flowers

For a comprehensive video tutorial of this project, check out How to Upcycle a T-shirt into a Vintage Rose Embellishment.


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I have made similar fabric flowers using other fabric, but this material would be lovely too. I would love to add some glitter to some thinned white glue and put this in the edges of the 'petals' and perhaps a title pearl or button in the center. Lovely either sewed on a dress, hat or even shoes! Use a clip or pin on the back to transfer from garment to garment, or even on a tote bag!


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