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Old T Shirt Flowers

Old TShirt Flower Easy DIY TutorialOld 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
  • scissors
  • needle and thread
  • embroidery floss
  • buttons

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.

How to Fold Petals 1 - 4 (darker fabric)

How to Fold Petals 1 – 4 (darker fabric)


How to Fold Petals 5 – 7 (lighter fabric)

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.


How to Fold Petal 8

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.

kristy o


Old T Shirt Flowers, Super EASY Tutorial

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About Kristy

Hi! I'm Kristy! I'm a graphic & web designer working from home in sunny Florida. Simply put, I LOVE ALL THINGS CREATIVE. 3Peppers is my place to share my creations with you... My three peppers are crafts, cooking and color, what are yours?


  1. I love your tutorial!!!! I found you via Fluster Buster. This is a nice project, I pinned the tutorial!

  2. I like to repurpose things too. But my mom would have gone nuts for these. I never threw away a pair of my kids jeans. She wanted them all. She used denim in the cutest ways. She would have been all over this in a minute. She would have loved the internet.

    Thanks for the idea and making me think about her creativity. We have a party at Tumbleweed Contessa on Mondays. I would love it if you would share this there. We go live on Monday mornings.

    Have a great weekend,

  3. These are adorable. We have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this and any other posts with everyone. It runs from Tuesday night through midnight Sunday. Here is the link to the party.
    We hope to see you there.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

  4. These flowers look great! Great way to reuse old shirts!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party

  5. I love this, and the button gives it that cute factor!

  6. How cute and easy!! Thanks for linking this up at Sharing with Domestic Superhero Thursdays!! I love it!

  7. These are such pretty flowers!
    I would love if you came and linked this project to my clothes upcycling project page. It has a long term linky, so your project would stay there for more than just the week of a usual linky. We have over 400 projects linked up now – some fantastic ideas.
    Do come and take a look!

  8. What a darling idea! Thanks so much for sharing at The Busy Bee’s (Thursday) link party. We appreciate you joining us! Have a great day!
    Joye & myrna
    The Busy Bee’s

  9. These are adorable. I’m not sure what I’ll use them for but I’m definitely going to have to try making some. Pinning this!

  10. what a great idea! now I need to go find some old t-shirts :)

  11. I love fabric flowers! thanks so much for sharing, Kristy!

  12. These are very pretty. Thanks for the tutorial. I would love for you to come and share this on our Much Ado About Monday link party.

    Hope to see you there,

  13. These flowers look so fun! Thank you so much for sharing on Blog Stalking Thursday. I have featured this project and would love for you to stop by and grab a feature button. You deserve it! Can’t wait to see what you share next time! Blog Stalking Thursday Features

  14. So pretty!

  15. Just wanted to BUZZ by and let you know this is one of the features in our party. It just went live. We would like to invite you to link up with us again.
    The Busy Bee’s,
    Myrna and Joye.

  16. Those are so fun! I just got a couple of new t-shirts (couldn’t help it, they were on clearance for $1!) so I can make some of these with my old t-shirts. Then perhaps decorate the new shirts with them!

  17. Theses are so cute! Thanks for sharing!

  18. oo those turned out SO cute! I will have to remember this next time I have a bunch of t-shirt scraps to use up. Thanks for taking the time to link up to Tasteful Tuesdays I do feature round ups on Saturdays and Tuesdays now, so make sure you are following the blog in some way so you know if YOU are featured…GFC, facebook or bloglovin are my recommendations :o)

  19. So cool!

  20. How cute! I usually cut my t-shirts into rags for painting but this is way better!! Found you through Coake Family – Family Fun #11…

    Cher @ Designs by Studio C

  21. What pretty flowers! I love the upcycled aspect of using the t-shirts to make these.
    Thanks so much for linking up at Real Family Fun.

  22. These are SO Cute; I love this! What a cute gift idea! You are a featured favorite this week on Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes! Thanks for sharing this with us last week, we can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to this week! Have a great weekend!
    Mackenzie :)

  23. These are SO Cute; I love this! What a cute gift idea! You are a featured favorite this week on Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes! Thanks for sharing this with us last week, we can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to this week! Have a great weekend!
    Mackenzie :)

  24. These are the cutest things! Per your directions they look fairly easy to make and I love the button centers, Thanks so much for sharing with us at Transformed Tuesday.

    Peggy~PJH Designs

  25. I love your flowers! So creative. Just pinned. :) Thanks so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent.


  26. hi! I’m featuring this at the party that opens tonight!! Come on over and check it out… Would love for you to grab a featured button and put it in this post. :o) Thanks for linking! Emily

    • Kristy O says:

      Thank you! I really appreciate the LOVE! just added your featured button to the post.


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