How to make a Shabby Flower
Who loves flowers? Can you raise your hand? This girl….pick me, pick me!! I love them all. It doesn’t matter what color, what shape, size, style….I LOVE FLOWERS!! Which, by the way, have you seen my peonies from coffee filters? Shabby flowers are so beautiful to me. They have so many elements that I love in textiles. From Burlap to muslin to lace…it just doesn’t get any more me than that. There are no two of these that look alike…and they are so simple to make. If you don’t want to make your own, I am going to be putting mine on here very soon for sale. I’ve had so much fun making them…that I’ve gotten addicted to it. There are so many options.
All of these will be somewhat more clear after you’ve read the instructions.
- Let than a 1/2 yard of any two fabrics.
- Thin piece of cardboard cut into a circle.
- Hot glue gun and glue
These can be made any size you like…so all measurements and amounts are flexible. This is really just a preference project. You have to decide what you like…and go with it. But…here are the basics.
Cut at least 8-10 squares that are anywhere from 2″-4″. I say this because you can make these any size you want. If you cut them 2″…your flowers will be approximately 5″ across.
Cut about half as many of the next color…in about half the size. So, if you cut your larger squares 2″…then cut these around 1″.
Cut your circle out. Mine are all different sizes…but approximately 2″ to 2 1/2″ across. I punch two holes in mine…and before I begin…I place a scrap of jute or ribbon through the holes for tying the flower onto whatever.
Fray the edges of all your squares…just make them shabby.
Begin by folding your squares off-center in half.
Now fold them off-center in half again…I place a dab of glue in this fold…just to secure it.
Now glue it alone the outer portion of the circle…about 1/8″ from the edge.
Take your next piece…and place it about halfway over the first. Continue this pattern all the way around.
Take you smaller squares and fold them in the same way you folded the larger ones.
Begin gluing them by starting in the middle of two of the bottom squares…and continue around.
Now fill the center with something pretty…like a few hunks of lace, threads from fraying the squares are pretty under a little jewel. A button, a bow…really anything you like.
Here’s a simple cross with a pearl glued to it.
A bead. It really doesn’t need anything else.
Use your shabby flowers for just about anything:
A ponytail holder.
How bout an accent for a pair of flip flops?
Or you could attach it to a boot. How cute is that?
Here I’m using one for a brooch.
You can tie it to a purse for a really classy accent.
I love these for using on my natural gift wrapping …it couldn’t be more perfect.
How about a curtain tie back? Here I’m using it on some drop cloth curtains in my living room!
Here’s a darling accent for one of my coffee bean bag pillows.
And finally…a perfect accent for a pooch collar.
What are you gonna do with your shabby flowers?