How To Make An Easy Scrap T-shirt Flower Brooch or Embellishment.

DIY tutorial on how to make a flower embellishment using scrap tshirt fabric.

I love re-imagining and recycling not only home decor but clothing as well. I just finished refashioning a long sleeved, winner knit shirt into a new summer top. I had planned on posting it first but it is currently in the wash. I (being the graceful person that I am) unfortunately spilled something on it right after I finished it. Therefore, I will first be sharing what I did with some of the scraps for now and the shirt makeover later.

When I was making the shirt, I couldn't decide if I wanted to add a flower embellishment or not. I eventually decided to make a removable one, so that I could wear the shirt with or without it.

I started with leftover pieces of fabric from the sleeves and a piece of scrap craft felt.

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I traced a group of four circles on paper using an old prescription bottle to make the petal grouping pattern.

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(Note: The pattern doesn't have to be very precise.)

I also used the bottle to trace a single circle on the felt.  I then cut out the felt circle and around the petal grouping pattern.

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I then traced and cut out several of the petal groupings using my paper pattern.

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I folded each petal grouping in half, twice.

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I then sewed four of the folded petals unto the felt circle. I then continued adding petals.

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Once the flower was full, I gathered one petal grouping in the center and sewed it directly into the center of the flower.

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I then flipped over the flower and sewed a brooch pin to the back of the felt.

How to make a flower brooch or pin by recycling an old tshirt

I turned it over, fluffed up the petals and it was done.

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These fabric flowers can be made not only for brooches but also to embellish clothing, hair bows and many other crafts.

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How to make a flower embellishment or pin from an old t-shirt.

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  1. Nice idea for recycling.

    1. Thank you! Recycled crafts are my favorite. Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

  2. Thanks for sharing over at the DIY Crush Craft Party. Such a great way to use up felt scraps! I can see a rainbow flower made this way. We've added this to our Pinterest board. Don't forget to stop by next Thursday to add your tutorials to our next DIY Crush Craft Party!

    1. Will do! Thank you so much! :)

  3. What a great way to add some flair to a boring shirt or top. So glad you shared this with us at the DI & DI Link PArty. Have a great week!

    1. No problem! Thanks for having me and thanks for the visit! :)

  4. Anonymous9/01/2016

    What a great diy!

    1. Thank you! So glad you enjoyed it and thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you again soon. :)

  5. Great way to use up something you might throw away. Does the flower hold it's shape? Or maybe spray with Mod Podge once you fluff it out? (for me a DIY isn't done until I can incorporate Mod Podge!) As for your graceful self (spilling on your sample shirt) my husband used to say that the value of my clothes goes down the longer the day is.

    1. Hi Donna! I LOVE Mod Podge but I think I would skip it on this. As long as you add lots of petals it will stay fluffy and soft (without the mod podge).

      Lol about the spills. My coworkers used to say if I ever showed up to work without coffee stains on my shirt, they wouldn't recognize me.

  6. Like the layout and your blog in general. You give me hope for me in the future with my own blog.

    1. Awwww! Thank you so much, Melody! I do all the work on my site myself and a few days ago I was thinking about scrapping the whole layout because I was so frustrated with it. Your encouragement is much needed and appreciated! God bless you, my friend. <3 :)


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