Making DIY fabric mushrooms is fun and addictive. I know I say that about all my crafts! But with these fabric mushrooms, I just couldn’t stop making them.
I finally had to stop at 25! When I only meant to make 2 or 3.
Originally, I made them with just some sofa/couch fabric swatches but soon I was hunting out other fabric scraps. Naturally, I made some out of upcycled denim my favourite fabric to craft with. I also used some patterned cotton scraps I had too.
Then, when I finally managed to stop myself from making any more fabric mushrooms/fungi, I decorated them. I raided my craft stash for ribbons and trimmings, seed beads and glitter to jazz up the mushrooms even more.
What to do with the fabric mushrooms?
- Glue a couple of them to a woodslice to make a cute ornament for the mantle.
- Add a twine to the top and decorate them to make a lovely Christmas ornament.
- Use them as a really fun present topper.
- If you have lots of them like me, then you can make a wonderful seasonal garland.
I made these mushrooms by hand sewing them but they can just as easily be made with a hot glue gun. It takes about 20 mins to make each fabric mushroom.
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(There is a printable how-to card for this craft at the end of the post.)
What You Need For DIY Fabric Mushrooms
Getting a new sofa/couch was what actually inspired me to make these mushrooms. Whilst trying to decide on the fabric for my sofa, I picked up a few swatches. I wanted a velvet sofa, so had collected a lot of coloured velvet squares.
Coincidently my sister-in-law had also been looking for a new sofa. She passed me on her spare fabric swatches too, challenging me to find something to make with them. I rose to that challenge and came up with these DIY fabric mushrooms.
I used the velvet swatches for the tops of the mushrooms and then an old linen tea towel for the underside and stalk.
- Fabric scraps for the top of the mushroom – large enought to make a 3.5″ (9cm) circle. Sofa swatches are the perfect size, but you can use any fabric such as old denim.
- Linen lighter fabric for the underside and stalk.
- Fabric circle cutter – you can use a compass cutter or a Fiskers circle cutter. Failing that scissors will do.
- Scrap cardboard – about the thickness of a ceral box.
- Fiberfil – I use old pillows for this.
- Fray stop glue
- Grey pen
- Needle and thread
- Tweezers and chop stick or similar sized tool. (Needed to turn the fabric right side out).
- Free DIY fabric mushroom sewing pattern (download here)
How To Make The Fabric Fungi
Step 1: Cut the fabric swatch for the top of the mushroom into a 3.5″ (9cm) circle. I find this is really easy with either a compass cutter or fabric circle cutter. Especially if you are making more than one mushroom.
Step 2: Next, cut out two 2.5″ (6.5m) circles of the linen fabric and a then 2″ (5cm) cardboard circle. If your fabric frays easily then dab the edges of the fabric with fray stop glue.
Step 3: Sew the smaller linen circles together. Then snip a hole into the centre and turn them right-sides out.
Step 4: Fold the cardboard circle into quarters and then snip a hole into the centre. The cardboard will help the finished mushroom/fungi to hold its shape.
Step 5: Next, with a needle and thread tie a knot at the end of the thread so that it will not pass through the velvet. Then stitch a running stitch around the edge of the circle (about 3mm from the edge). Pulling and gathering the fabric as you go. (like with these sweater balls).
Then stuff the top with fiberfill and then insert the cardboard disc, so that it sits on top of the fiberfill. All the while keeping the pulled thread taught.
Step 6: Next, pin the linen circle onto the underside of the velvet and stitch it in place. Then, through the hole in the middle add more fiberfill, until the mushroom top is nice and plump.
Step 7: Draw around the mushroom stalk template. Cut out 2 pieces. Pin and sew them together. Then turn the stalk right sides out.
This is probably the most tricky bit of this DIY fabric mushroom craft. It can be very fiddly turning out the fabric, this is where the tweezers and chopstick come in handy.
Next, stuff the stalk with fiberfill. The chopstick will be handy to make sure the fiberfill reaches the end of the stalk. Make sure it is stuffed firmly, this will hold help the fabric mushroom stand up.
Step 8: Next, stitch the stalk to the underside of the mushroom, covering the hole. Use a thread the same colour as the linen fabric to help hide the stitches.
Step 9: This step is optional, but with a grey pen you can draw lines on the underside of the mushroom/fungi to look like gills.
Ideas For Decorating And Displaying the Fabric Mushrooms/fungi
As you can see I got a bit carried away with making these fabric fungi! I ended up making over 25 of them in total and tried some other fabrics including denim.
I even ended up with a rainbow of velvet mushrooms. These will look great in a garland, I love a bit of rainbow home decor.
What you need for displaying and decorating the mushrooms
- Hot glue gun
- Coloured flax thread
- Assorted ribbons and small pom pom trim
- Assorted seed beads
- Glitter in various colours
- Hi-tack trim it glue
Making Denim Mushrooms/Fungi
These were made in the same way as the fabric swatch mushrooms. The main difference is I used denim fabric from old jeans. If making a double denim mushroom use denim in different shades of indigo. Or use a patterned fabric for the top and denim for the base.
It’s best to use soft worn denim from old jeans. The mushrooms will be harder to make if the fabric is too stiff. They do look good though on the mantle with my DIY denim bunnies.
Standing the Mushrooms Up on A Woodslice
To display the fabric mushrooms on a mantle, add them to a wood slice. All you need to do is use hot glue to fix them to the top of the wood slice. I think they look best when displayed at an angle or use fabric mushrooms of different heights.
And yes I do have a mushroom to match my sofa/couch. I went with the Paprika (orange) velvet for the sofa and I love it. The mushrooms on the wood slice will sit on my mantle as they match.
I also made a denim wood slice version to match my denim moths that sit on the mantle.
How To Decorate the fabric Mushrooms to make Christmas ornaments
The first thing to do to make these fabric mushrooms into an ornament is to add twine to the top to hang them from. The ornaments will look better if you can match the twine to the fabric mushroom colour.
I almost enjoyed decorating the DIY fabric mushrooms as much as I did making them in the first place.
Next, give the mushroom ornaments a bit of Christmas bling. Add trim, seed beads on the top and glitter on the base.
Use the trim glue to stick the ribbon around the edge. Use pins to keep the trim in place as the glue dries.
Then use the same glue to add seed beads to the top of the fungi.
Finally, add a bit of glitter to the base of the stalk. Cover the last 1cm of the stalk in the glue. Then either sprinkle the stalk with glitter or dip it into a pot of glitter.
The mushrooms can be hung individually as Christmas ornaments for the tree or they can be pegged to the twine to make a festive garland.
I made so many of the fabric mushroom decorations, that I had enough to make a fun garland for my mantle.
Not surprisingly these aren’t my first mushroom/fungi craft. I made a gorgeous mushroom display by printing vintage fungi images onto old bedsheets.
If you want to design your own mushroom patterns, then these mushroom drawings are a great resource.
I’ve also noticed that mushrooms are a popular theme with home decor. I’ve seen vintage mushrooms and fungi printed on plates, and fabrics used for wall decor. There are some free gorgeous vintage prints of the mushroom and fungi drawings of James Sowerby and a collection of vintage mushroom charts here.
These mushrooms will look good on the mantle with these hen and duck embroidered figures.
- Colourful fabric scraps - such as velvet sofa swatches.
- Plain linen fabric for stalks - an old tea towel would do.
- Scrap cardboard
- Fiberfill - I use old pillows
- Fray stop glue and trim glue
- Twine for hanging
- Trims, ribbons, seed beads and glitter for decoration.
- Free sewing pattern visit the site to download.
- Needle and thread
- Compass fabric cutter (optional)
- Sewing machine (optional)
- Chop stick and a pair of tweezers
- Cut the velvet fabric into a 3.5" (9.5cm) circle. Then cut two circles of plain linen fabric into 2.5" (6.5cm) circles. Finally cut a cardboard disc 2" (5cm).
- Sew the two linen circular pieces of fabric together. Cut a small hole in the middle to make a doughnut shape. Then turn the fabric right sides out.
- Cut a small hole into the middle of the cardboard disc.
- Next, make one long running stitch along the inside edge of the velvet fabric and pull it tight. This will gather the fabric into a bowl shape.
- Whilst holding the bowl shape stuff the velvet with fiberfill. Then place the cardboard disc on top.
- Next, sew the linen fabric doughnut to the velvet fabric. Use a chopstick to add more fiberfill, through the hole.
- Cut out the stalk shape from the free pattern and make a cardboard template. Draw around the cardboard stalk onto the linen fabric and cut out 2 pieces.
- Sew the two stalk pieces together, leaving them open at the top. Then turn the stalk right sides out.
- Stuff the stalk with fiberfill and then sew it to the underside of the mushroom head, covering the hole.
- Add some hanging twine to the top of the mushroom.
- Then using trim glue add decorations to the mushroom, such are a pom pom trim and seed beads on the top.
- Paste the bottom tip of the stalk in glue and then dip it into a pot of glitter.