How to Make Shabby Chic Fabric Flowers


Adding shabby chic fabric flowers to your home decor, clothing or other apparel gives it a vintage look. Choosing the right type of fabric is key to obtaining the well-worn, distressed appearance of a shabby chic style. Pastel fabrics with tiny flowers in the print works well for this type of craft project. Muted plaids, pinstripes or the type of pattern you would find in a well-loved, heirloom quilt or embroidered tablecloth are wise choices as well.

Things You'll Need

  • Yard of fabric in a solid pastel or shabby chic print
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Needle
  • Coordinating thread
  • Button with holes
  • Fabric covered button, 1 inch in diameter
  • Cardboard
  • Sharp knife (optional)
  • Green florist wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Large safety pin (optional)
  • Wooden skewer or dowel (optional)
  • Green florist tape (optional)
  • Fabric ribbon that is 7/8-to-1-inch wide (optional)

Button Daisy

  • Cut shabby fabric into 8-by-1-inch strips. Tear the fabric into strips, if you desire, to make it appear even more worn. Six strips are all that is necessary, but use eight if you want the flower to have more petals.

  • Form a loop with each strip and press it down on a flat work surface. The loose ends should meet together on the bottom center of the strip.

  • Repeat this with all the strips, placing the loose ends in the center. Set them on top of each other so they resemble spokes on a wheel.

  • Thread a needle with the coordinating thread. Knot the ends of the threads together.

  • Grasp the daisy in the center with the thumb and index finger of your non-dominant hand.

  • Go up through the center of the daisy flower with the needle until the knot catches on the back.

  • Slip the needle through a hole in the back of a button that coordinates with the material. It doesn't matter if the button has two or four holes.

  • Push the needle back down one of the button holes and through the center of the daisy. Repeat going up and down through the center of the fabric and the button holes until the petals and button are secure.

  • End the shabby chic flower by going back through the material, tying the thread in a knot next to the bottom of the daisy and clipping the thread with a pair of scissors. Now the shabby chic flower is ready to glue onto a craft or use in other projects.

Pointed Petals Flower

  • Draw a star shape on a piece of cardboard. Make the shape as large or small as you want. For a realistic looking flower, make it approximately 5 to 7 inches tall and wide.

  • Cut out the star shape with scissors.

  • Place the cardboard template on shabby chic fabric and trace around it with a pencil or chalk. Repeat this until you have four to six shapes.

  • Cut out the star shapes on the fabric.

  • Stack the star shapes on top of each other. Rotate the pointed edges so they are staggered. This gives the flower many different petals.

  • Grab the fabric stack at the center of the flowers. Poke a hole into the center with a sharp knife or the pointed end of the scissors. The hole only needs to be large enough for a piece of florist wire to go through it.

  • Cut a piece of green florist wire 8 to 10 inches long with wire cutters.

  • Thread one end of the florist wire up through the hole in the bottom of a covered button. Use a large button that is approximately 1 inch in diameter. Yellow, white, green, brown or black covered buttons work well for the center of the flower.

  • Twist the short end of the wire around itself underneath the button hole. This secures it for the flower center.

  • Push the long end of the florist wire through all the petals of the shabby chic flowers. Leave a 2-inch section of wire between the covered button and the fabric stack. Don't pull it all the way through.

  • Gather the fabric together with your fingers underneath the covered button. This causes the petals to stand up to resemble a flower.

  • Wrap the long end of the florist wire around the gathered fabric to hold it tightly together. This leaves the covered button where you can still see it inside the petals.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add a safety pin to the back of the button daisy if you want to attach it to a garment, a tote bag or other apparel. This gives it a shabby chic flair.
  • Attach the pointed-petals flower to a wooden skewer or dowel if you want to display the shabby chic flower in a vase. Wrap green florist tape around the wired section of the fabric flower and down the skewer or dowel. Cut the florist tape at the end of the stick and press it down on the other tape.
  • Use sturdy fabrics to give the flower body. Cotton, chambray and chintz work well. Silky fabrics don't work as well.
  • Using fabric ribbon that is 7/8-to-1-inch wide is a quick way to make the daisy button flower.

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