Old T Shirt Flowers are a cute and easy way to use the extra bits fabric, when re-purposing old t shirts.
I adore old t shirt material. It’s just so soft and comfortable. It’s also really fun to work with (and always easy to find)
To make these flowers you only need a few things:
- old t shirt fabric
- needle and thread
- embroidery floss
When picking out the colors I had a lot of old sleeve to chose from, so I chose to make these flowers 2-tone, with a third matching color for the embroidery floss, giving an almost ombre effect.
Print and cut out this flower: fabric-flower-stencil (click to download) (when printing – DO NOT fit to page or scale, print at actual size.)
Step 1. Trace the flower onto your t shirt material, you will need 4 flower shapes of each color.
Step 2. Cut out the flowers. Also cut out a circle form the fabric about 1.5inches in diameter.
Step 3. Fold the 4 flowers of a darker fabric into quarters, like the folding diagram featured. Then stitch them onto the circle with only a couple stitches. Line them up, but do not overlap them
Step 4. Fold 3 of the 4 lighter flowers into a third like the folding diagram. Again, stitch on the flowers with a couple stitches. Overlap the centers by 1/4 inch or less. Just enough to show the outer edge of the darker color below it.
Step 5. Fold last flower in 1/2 and stitch it down about 1/4 inch down from the fold in the center of the flower. Then pull the top 1/2 of that piece back and stitch it down again.
Step 6. With a larger needle and colored embroidery thread, sew on the button as the center.
For these flowers I hot-glued magnets on the back and used them on the magnetic door in the laundry room. I also sewed one onto a little girl’s headband, and it was ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE.
Happy crafting and I would love to hear how you used your flowers.