T-Shirt Flowers Tutorial

There is something so satisfying about small projects and these T-shirt flowers are quick and easy and oh so satisfying!

These flowers were made from the leftover t-shirt tops from my crocheted rugs so I have the added satisfaction of free materials and saving something from the landfill. I used 2 basic flower making techniques with some variations.

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The circle flower:

From fabric cut out 10 – 14 circles, mine were 2 inch diameter circles. I cut a circle from cardboard and then traced as many circle as I could fit avoiding the screen printed design on the shirt top. I use a fabric marking pen to trace, these pens come in 2 styles one that fades out and disappears in a day or so and another that disappears when it gets wet, they are great for sewing or any fabric crafting.

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You can cut the circles out with pinking shears (zigzag scissors), or you can add some scallops, or just leave the circles plain.

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Use one circle as the base then fold the other circles into quarters. Place 4 of the quarters onto the base and either glue or sew them to the base. I personally like to sew my flowers because I’m a sewer and so it is easy and then I don’t end up with glue all over my fingers. You can use tacky glue or a glue gun, I don’t use a glue gun on these because I lack the patience to wait for it to cool and then I end up burning my fingers!

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Add another layer of quarters but this time overlap the the seams on the layer before.

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Now you could add another layer for a fuller flower or add a center. One version for the center is to fold a circle in half then roll it so it resembles a rose bud then stitch and/or glue into the center of the flower.

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Another version is to cut a smaller circle and sew and/or glue it to the center flat, then add an embellishment like a bead, button or rhinestone to the center.20120305-105625.jpg

Gathered version:

Cut a strip of t-shirt with a scalloped top – mine is cut from a sleeve just above the hem, it was 14 inches long and 2 1/2 inches tall I made my scallops bigger at one end and then gradually smaller to the other end.

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Gather by stitching a running stitch about 1/4 inch from the bottom edge, then scrunch the fabric up along the thread.

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Add some glue over the gather and roll into a flower shape starting with the smaller end.

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Finishing:

I added some leaves using a strip of green t-shirt with a point on each end glued to the back of the flower.

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You can use these flowers for all sorts of things – because I have a daughter most of mine end up on headbands. But I also have made some cute brooches by sewing or gluing a pin to the back.

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