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How To Make Fabric Flowers With Stems From Old Bed Sheets

Inside: A tutorial on making fake fabric flowers with stems from repurposed cotton bed sheets.

Upcycling, to me, is all about turning the old and unloved into something more beautiful. One of my favourite things to make is faux flowers from repurposed rubbish. I’ve made beautiful map roses, a denim flower bouquet and sweater felt flowers in the past. I will show you how to make fabric flowers from old bedsheets.

Spring has finally arrived, and I’ve decorated my house with flowers to get into the seasonal mood. I love real flowers for about a week before they start dying and the water stinks.

The beauty of these upcycled fabric flowers is that they will last forever and require only occasional dusting. Also, there is no stinky flower water to deal with.

But don’t ask me what kind of flowers they are. They are a made-up species of upcycled flower.

Old Bed Sheets Into Faux Fabric Flowers With Stems

With this upcycle, I managed to get the Sharpies out once again. I love playing with Sharpies; I have a collection, as my eldest son buys me a pack every birthday.

As I was so obviously delighted with them the first time I received them, my son decided he was on to a winner, so that’s it now: Sharpies every year! I desperately need to think of more Sharpie crafts, as they are beginning to stockpile.

These flowers were made in an afternoon with an old bed sheet and some floristry wire. They cost very little to make. I made some pink watercolour flowers and left some au naturel, but you can make them any Sharpie colour you want.

I have also made some fabulous fabric mushroom art out of old bedsheets that can be seen on Pillarboxblue.

How to make fabric flowers from upcycled bed sheets

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What You Need

What you need to make fabric flowers

How To Make Fabric Flowers

Step 1: Cut a random piece of fabric from your bedsheet about 2ft square, and iron it flat.

Step 2: Cut several lengths of the craft wire about 30cm in length. Bearing in mind six pieces of wire are needed for each flower.

Make a frame for each petal by twisting each wire into a long petal shape with a small stem.

Make petal frames

Step 3: Cover one side of the wire petal frame with a generous amount of tacky glue. Then stick the round part of the petals down onto the ironed sheet. Make sure the wireframe lies flat on the sheet.

Top Tip: You can lay something heavy on the wires while the glue dries to ensure they stick to the bedsheet.

Making fabric wire petals

Step 4: After the glue is dried, carefully cut out each petal from the sheet.

Bed sheet petal.

Step 5: This was my favourite part of this craft. Some of the petals I left au naturale, and the others I watercolour dyed with Sharpies.

Using a selection of pink, red and purple Sharpies colours in a fabric petal. Don’t worry about them looking messy at this stage.

Step 6: Spray the coloured petals with rubbing alcohol; that’s when the magic happens. The alcohol makes the inks run into one another, creating a watercolour effect.

Step 7: Next, gently squeeze and bend the wire petals into more of a flower shape.

Shaping wire fabric petals

Step 8: Cover the floral stem with green floristry wire and then attach one petal to the wire by wrapping the wire end around the stem.

Repeat with the remaining five petals, adding them one at a time and spacing them around the stem.

Cover the stem with green tape to hide the wires when all the petals are attached. It is easy to shape your flower by gently bending the petals.

How to make fabric flowers from upcycled bed sheets with sharpie watercolor petals

I planned to Sharpie watercolour all the petals when I started this craft. However, I loved the look of the white petals, too, so I left half of them as they were.

Upcycled bed sheet flowers full tutorial
Pink and white wire frame cotton flowers DIY

I do think that both the pink and white flowers look good together. If you want to make a different kind of faux fabric flower with stems, check out this no-sew tutorial for Chrysanthemum flowers.

Check out this whimsical flower-making tutorial if you want to make a sewn version of these flowers.

DIY fabric flowers with sharpie watercolor petals

These fabric flowers would look fabulous in the hand-painted glass bud vases I made. Or even better in this upcycled denim hanging mason jar vase.

I also love to make faux flowers out of thick Italian crepe paper; I have several posts where I have made these flowers, such as my gorgeous giant Boho flower vase and the large faux pineapple wall decor. I even have some wonderful doodle flower crafts.

Upcycled felt is also a great fabric for making faux flowers; I’ve used these felt flowers for a fun Frida Kahlo Pillow and have even made a whole repurposed faux felt succulent garden. Or you can even use yarn to make some pom-pom flowers.

I’ve even made DIY fabric sunflowers from old jeans and fabric poppy seed heads.

You can find more adult spring crafts and cool things to make with fabric scraps here.

How to make flowers from sheets


Monday 10th of July 2023

This is the first of hearing about this kind of flower-thank you for I want to try it>


Saturday 25th of June 2022

Gorgeous! Both white and pink! What a wonderful idea!! Going to try it - Hope they turn out at least hall as beautiful as yours!

Claire Armstrong

Monday 27th of June 2022

Thank you so much, have fun making them.


Sunday 29th of May 2022

So pretty and look easy to make Thanks for the idea my granddaughter will love this

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 29th of May 2022

That’s lovely to hear, I hope she enjoys making them.

David johnny

Sunday 13th of January 2019

Wow! This is great. I will try to make them at home. Thank You for your great article.

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 13th of January 2019

Thank you

Rosie (@greenrosielife)

Friday 31st of August 2018

These are lovely and would be a great way to have flowers around the house in the middle of winter when real ones would all be imported and/or grown under heated glass. #GoingGreen

Claire Armstrong

Saturday 1st of September 2018

Thank you, they were fun to make.