Monday, June 07, 2010

Fabric Flower Tutorial from a Re-Purposed T-Shirt!

So Chloe has been a busy girl since summer started...

She decided to make a new handbag for herself using a re-purposed t-shirt! She also wanted to make adjustments to a tried and true pattern to make it "her own"!
Here she is modeling the finished bag that is filled with the items she needs for her summer chemistry course.

The sleeves were left over from when she cut the t-shirt apart, so I thought it would be fun to make her a few flowers that she could pin onto the bag when she uses the reverse side of the bag. (yes, super coolness, it is reversible!!)

To make one of these flowers for yourself you will need the sleeves from a t-shirt, a pair of scissors, needle and thread, a hot glue gun, a button, a large rhinestone, and a pin.

Cut the sleeve into appox 2" strips.

Use the threaded needle to do a running stitch along the edge of a piece of the sleeve. For this flower I used the two hem pieces so it would have a finished edge. The flowers look just as cool with a raw edge though, or if you want you can fold the pieces in half and do a running stitch through the two edges that are folded together.

When you have the pieces all gathered it will form a fun spiral shape!

Lay the spiral down and arrange the layers the way that you like them, tie off the thread.

Use the hot glue gun to adhere the layers the way that you had them laid out.

Hot glue a large button into the middle of the flower to hide the gathers. Then hot glue a large gem into the center of the button to glam it up!

Hot glue a pin onto the back of the flower.

Then cover with a little more hot glue and a scrap of fabric from the sleeve.

This is what it looks like when it is finished! I think I might be "borrowing" this little beauty from her if she doesn't have it pinned to her bag ;o)

This tutorial was requested by Marilyn whom I met while at the CKC in Buffalo!

Let me know if you try it and then how addicted you get to making these and sporting them everywhere!



laura vegas said...

this is super cute! and looks do-able ... even for me. lol! i'm going to pull out an old tshirt right now, and make myself try this. i promise :)

Julia said...

Love these! And Chloe's bag rocks!

Julie Campbell said...

Oooh! I love projects like this! Chloe's bag is awesome! LOVE the flower too!

Hilton said...

What a great idea....