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DIY Fabric Sunflower Denim Corsage

An easy tutorial on how to make a fabric sunflower out of scraps of old jeans to wear as a denim corsage. Which can be either pinned to the chest or worn on the wrist.

I’ve made two types of denim fowers before. The first was a bouquet of denim roses, and the second was some pom pom jeans flowers. I’ve also made fabric flowers out of old bedsheets before.

All these fabric flower crafts were designed as decorative accessories for the home. Whereas, this denim fabric sunflower is more of a fashion item. Created to be worn as a corsage or as an embellishment.

This is a very easy denim upcycle. And a great way to repurpose fabric scraps. I used just a few hand stitches to sew the fabric sunflower together. But with clever usage of glue, it could easily become a no-sew jeans project.

The denim corsage is a very affordable craft, that can be made in under an hour. The sunflowers would make a lovely handcrafted gift, which could even be sold at a craft fair.

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(There is a printable how-to card for this craft at the end of the post.)

What You Need To Make A Denim Fabric Sunflower Corsage

denim fabric sunflower pattern

How To Make The Denim Sunflower

Step1: Paste the piece of denim with the Mod Podge. Leave it to dry thoroughly. The glue will stiffen the denim fabric and make it easy to cut. Also, the fabric Mod Podge will prevent the denim from fraying.

Pasting denim with Mod Podge

Step 2: Next, cut out the three different sunflower petal shapes from the pattern. Then place them on top of the wrong side of the denim fabric. With a fine marker drawer around each sunflower shape.

making denim sunflowers

Step 3: Next, using scissors, cut out each of the sunflower petal shapes. The fabric should be stiffer than usual because of the Mod Podge. Also, it won’t fray when cut.

denim sunflower petals

Step 4: Next, construct the sunflower by placing the cut denim petals on top of each other. Make sure that the smallest petals are on the top and the largest on the bottom. Also, offset the sunflower petal layers, to make the sunflower look as full as possible.

I stitched the three pairs of layers together using a simple running stitch in the centre. The layers of petals on the fabric sunflower denim corsage could be glued together in the center instead.

Stitching the denim corsage

Making the Center of The Denim Corsage

Step 5: I used a long piece of coloured felt to make the center of the fabric sunflower. I used a strip about 30cm long and 1.5cm wide.

Felt strip for flower center

Step 6: First fold the strip of felt in half along the length. You may need some pins to keep it in place. Then carefully snip cuts into the fold, don’t go right to the edge. Make a snip at intervals about 3-4mm apart. (I used this method before with my felt succulent garden). Then roll the cut strip of felt up, secure it with either a stitch or some glue.

Making the center of the fabric sunflower

Step 7: Next, attach the felt center to the denim corsage, either with stitches or glue.

denim sunflower corsage

Step 8: Finally, finish off the denim corsage by either attaching a safety pin or elastic to the back. Use a safety pin for pinning to the chest or elastic to wear on the chest.

Back of the flower
Fabric sunflower denim corsage
Fabric sunflower broach

I think these fabric sunflowers would look great on a denim wreath or as a decorative embellishment for pillows and bags. Or perhaps you could make several of them to make a lovely flower wall decoration. You might also like this other scrap fabric felt flower broach idea.

upcycled denim sunflower corsage

Don’t forget to check out the complete A to Z of denim crafts and my other ideas for upcycling fabrics and cool things to make from fabric scraps.

And if you love sunflowers as much as I do then you should like these free vintage botanical sunflower drawings.

Yield: A denim sunflower that can be worn as a corsage on the wrist or pinned to the chest.

Fabric Sunflower Denim Corsage

denim sunflower

Use scraps of denim from your old jeans to make these gorgeous denim fabric sunflowers. Add elastic to wear them as a wrist corsage or a safety pin as a chest corsage. A very easy and affordable upcycled denim flower craft that can be made with or without sewing.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $1

Materials

  • A small piece of denim from old jeans
  • A long thin piece of colored felt (30cm x 1.5cm)
  • Fabric Mod Podge
  • Sunflower petal pattern free do download on blog.

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread (or glue)

Instructions

  1. Paste the denim fabric in Mod Podge and leave it to dry (this will stop the denim from fraying when cut).
  2. Print out the fabric sunflower petal patterns in all three sizes.
  3. Next, place the sunflower pattern onto the wrong side of the denim and draw around them.
  4. Then carefully cut out all three of the sunflower petal patterns.
  5. Next, place the sunflower petals on top of each other. The smallest on the top and the largest on the bottom. Make sure they are offset too. Then either stitch or glue them together in the center.
  6. Next, make the center of the fabric sunflower with the felt strip. Fold the felt in half longwise and snip into the fold at 5mm intervals. Do not snip to the end. making felt flower center
  7. Roll the snipped felt up and then fix it to the center of the sunflower, with either stitches or glue.
  8. Finally, decide whether the fabric sunflower will be worn on the wrist or chest. Attach either elastic or a safety pin to the back of the flower.

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Saturday 16th of October 2021

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Donna Williams

Saturday 16th of October 2021

Ohhh this denim corsage is so pretty! I'm seeing a vision of a field of flowers made with these too!

Claire Armstrong

Saturday 16th of October 2021

Thank you so much, Donna.

Michele F Michael

Sunday 10th of October 2021

This is a fun piece. Thanks for posting at Funtastic Friday

Claire Armstrong

Monday 11th of October 2021

Thank you so much.

Ginger

Friday 8th of October 2021

I love the flowers and you give very good instructions!

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 10th of October 2021

Thank you, I love flowers too.

Niki - Life as a LEO Wife

Friday 8th of October 2021

This is so creative! Thanks for sharing on Happiness is Homemade at LifeasaLEOWife.com. Traffic Jam Weekend Link Party is now open for you to share on as well. We'd love to have you share there as well!

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 10th of October 2021

Thank you so much 😊

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