Fabric Flower Art (A Tutorial)

While at Quilt Market last month, I had several people tell me how cute they thought this artwork would be in their little girls' rooms.   I completely agree!  And these would work in just about any room in your house--or your store--too.  You can use any combination of fabrics you want, and you can make them any size.  This is a fun, simple project for everyone!

Here is how I made them:

Materials:  scraps of fabric (any size), scissors, tacky glue, colored pencil, embellishments for the centers of the flowers, iron-on adhesive (I used Heat'n Bond), and a white canvas (any size).  Optional:  clear-drying gem glue if you want to permanently attach your gems/jewels.  Most of these are adhesive-backed, but glueing would be a more permanent solution.

I really love these embellishments from Recollections!  I think this might be the Michael's house brand. I see these on sale all the time, so keep your eyes open and stock up when you get a chance.  Or, of course, any kind of embellishments will work!

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To begin, I ironed a piece of Heat'n Bond to the back side of a scrap of fabric.  I let it cool, and I left the paper backing attached.

Next, I drew a few flowers.  I did this free-hand, and I encourage you to do so, also.  I really think that the non-uniformity of the flowers makes the piece more interesting.  That being said, the kind folks at Sizzix (Disclosure: with whom Westminster Fibers--my fabric company--has a partnership) recently sent me a Big Shot die-cutting machine.  I am going to try this project using that machine next.  If you have a die-cutting machine, feel free to use that as I know it will save some time.  And the results will be just as beautiful!

I used scissors to cut out these flowers.  I cut these out quickly--no one will see the back sides!  Leaving the paper on, I messily slapped some tacky glue on the backside.

I emphasized the word "messily" above, because that part is important.  I intentionally didn't cover the edges of the flowers in glue because I wanted the edges of the flowers to curl up, creating a dimensional effect.

I randomly placed the flower on the canvas, then glued a tiny embellishment in the middle.

I like to finish some of the flowers with some sort of gem or jewel.  I like that added sparkle that it gives the artwork!

Continue doing the same process with other fabric scraps.  Iron on the adhesive and draw a little flower.

Cut it out, place glue on the back side.

Place it on the canvas, embellish it.

Now, keep going until the canvas is as full as you would like!  Here are some shots of my canvases as I prepared for Quilt Market.  First, I cut out lots of flowers.  My mom jumped in and helped, so this went faster than you might think.  We both really love tedious tasks like this.

Then it just became a matter of glueing and embellishing the flowers.

Here are a few close ups of the final artwork.  Notice how I mixed up the embellishments from flower to flower. 

As with any project, the most important thing is to have fun and make it your own!   This would work wonderfully with any combination of fabrics, and it is a great way to use some of your scraps!  If you have any questions, let me know in the comment section.  That way I can answer them for everyone.  And let me know if you try this--I'd love to see your results!

Happy creating!