How to Make Fabric Flowers From T Shirts

I love it that my tutorials can save the earth by encouraging recycling.  In this fabric flower tutorial, I'm going to teach you how to recycle an old t-shirt into a cute fabric flower that you can embellish on headbands and tank tops. 

Materials:

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1. Scissors  

2. Beads

3. Threaded Needle

4. Round Templates in 5 different sizes (from 1.25 inches to 3 inches)

5. An Old T-Shirt

 

STEP 1.

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Lay the round templates on the shirt. Have some spaces in between so you'll have an easier time when you cut them.

 

STEP 2.

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Pin the templates on the shirt to secure.

 

STEP 3. 

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Cut the part of the shirt with the templates.

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STEP 4

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Cut the shirt fabric along the outline of your round template.

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STEP 5

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Remove the each pin to separate the template from the t shirt fabric.

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STEP 6

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Separate the round shirt petals of the same size to create 2 sets of shirt flowers.

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STEP 7

And now, the fun part!  Hold each fabric petal where the ribs of the shirt fabric are aligned vertically. This step is important so you can stretch the fabric properly.

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Stretch the fabric starting from the middle. You'll notice that the original round shape of the fabric will be slightly elongated. 

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Stretch the top part of the round fabric.

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Stretch the lower part of the round fabric.

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The stretched fabric will naturally curl/roll.

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STEP 8

Uncurl the round fabric.

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STEP 9

Stack the fabric on top of each other starting from the largest to the smallest. 

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BEFORE and AFTER:  Layers unstretched shirt petals and layers of the stretched shirt petals.

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STEP 10

Sew a single cross stitch to secure the stack of shirt petals.  This step is important so that the layers of petals will be secure before you add the beads. 

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STEP 11

Start sewing the beads on the fabric flower.

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STEP 12

Knot the thread when you're done. 

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Now you have your cute fabric flower from an old t-shirt!

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I made 2 t shirt flowers to sew on my plain tank top.

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I think these shirt flowers would look great on your honeymoon outfit by beach!