Fabric Flowers: Tutorial #1 – “Fold and Layer”

It is not enough to say that I love fabric flowers; I am bordering on obsession with them! I pin every new tutorial for them that I find on Pinterest and am impatient to try any I haven’t tried yet. Unfortunately, since the last three months of the year are insanely busy for us (more so than most people’s as many people on both sides of our family have birthdays at the end of the year, plus holidays), I haven’t gotten around to trying out several of them. I tried a new-to-me one last night and took step-by-step pictures along the way. I will have to go back and do the same for others that I’ve already tried, so stay tuned for those!

What you will need:

  • Old t-shirt, cut into
    ~  8 flowers
    ~  1 circle, slightly smaller in diameter than the flowers
  • Flower template (for cutting flowers out of t-shirt)
  • Pen/pencil (for cutting flowers out of t-shirt)
  • Fabric scissors (for cutting flowers out of t-shirt)
  • Fabric or craft glue
  • Button or bead
  • Needle and thread

(ignore the second shirt and extra buttons ~ I was going to make 2 but afterward decided to stick with 1)

What to do:

  1. Fold 4 flower shapes in half then in half again. Glue them to the fabric circle, corners in the middle.
  2. Fold 3 more flower shapes in the same way. Layer these over the four and glue.
  3. Fold the last flower shape in half and pinch and bend it so that it forms a sort of ring on the top, as pictured. Glue only in the center so as not to stick any of the edges of the “petals” down.
  4. Sew a bead or button into the center, as shown in the finished product at the top of this post.

Tips & Variations:

  • When sewing the bead/button in the center, sew all the way through the fabric circle at the bottom. This will leave a short section of exposed thread with which you can attach a bobby pin or safety pin to the flower, making it usable for your hair or clothing.
  • You can glue or sew a strip of fabric to the bottom of the flower and tie it to clothing, scarves, purses, etc.
  • These can be attached to headbands and hair ties to create easy hair accessories.
  • Layering two pieces of different fabric together adds visual impact. The fabrics can be different colors, types, textures, whatever sparks your fancy. To do this, simply cut out 8 flower shapes of the same size from each of two types of fabrics. Layer one of each flower shape, fold, and assemble as directed. The second layer will peek through in the edges of the petals.

Make-up & Hair Accessory Storage

I used to keep my make-up in a drawer, then in a basket. I was always digging through trying to find what I wanted and forgot about half of what I owned. I decided to remedy that problem and set up a system that would keep my make-up organized in a way that it is easily accessible, grouped according to type, and I will be able to see all I have. I also wanted it to look good. What I decided to use meets all my criteria and takes up very little space on my counter (which is good because it’s a small counter). It worked so well, I decided I’d make another for my hair accessories, which were also a mess in a drawer prior to this.

What you will need:

  • Plastic storage rack and drawers
  • Spray paint (optional)
  • Printed labels (optional)

What to do:

  1. If you’re spray painting yours, you’ll need to disassemble it. After that’s done, lay it out so you can spray paint it. (Obviously I don’t care about my super dead grass, so I just painted on that. Ordinarily I’d have done it on cardboard.)
  2. Spray paint it. Remember to avoid spraying too heavily; you don’t want runs in the paint. (I used oil rubbed bronze plus a light dusting of gold.) Do both sides to cover up any white.
  3. When it is dried, reassemble and arrange your make-up and/or hair accessories. If you’re using labels, put those on.

Tips & Variations:

  • Spray paint made for plastics will work best. If you love a color that you cannot get specifically for plastics, just be aware that it could scratch off so you’ll need to be careful with it.
  • You could also paint the drawers in a complementary or contrasting color. Alternatively, you could use scrapbook paper and line the outer facing of the drawer for a little pizazz or charm.