No.5: Cloth Scrap Flowers

Today, I would like to show you how to make a flower from scraps of cloth that I introduced on Facebook on May 11, 2013. On that day, my mom, Yasuko, participated in a workshop, which was provided by a fair trade shop called People Tree. In the workshop, she made the flower in the photo. In any home, there should be old clothes that you don’t wear or old curtains that you don’t use any more. Please don’t throw them away. You can “reincarnate” or UP-cycle them into lovely flowers!

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<Workshop on How to Make Cloth Scrap Flowers at People Tree, Tokyo (May 11, 2013)>

1. Cut a 15cm-diameter circle in a piece of cloth, and make a hole with a diameter of 3.5cm in the middle.

1. Cut a 15cm-diameter circle in a piece of cloth, and make a hole with a diameter of 3.5cm in the middle.

2. Stitch around the hole and pull it tightly, which will become one petal.

2. Stitch around the hole and pull it tightly, which will become one petal.

3. Repeat the process, and make four petals.

3. Repeat the process, and make four petals.

4. Cut 3 pieces of yarn with a length of 16cm, and tie them together at the center with thread.

4. Cut 3 pieces of yarn with a length of 16cm, and tie them together at the center with thread.

5. Fold them in half.

5. Fold them in half.

6. Sew the four petals onto the yarn.

6. Sew the four petals onto the yarn.

7. Make a circle from a piece of felt with a diameter of 4.5cm, and sew a clip on it.

7. Make a circle from a piece of felt with a diameter of 4.5cm, and sew a clip on it.

8. Sew the round-shaped felt on the back of the flower.

8. Sew the round-shaped felt on the back of the flower.

9. Completed

9. Completed

You can use the flower in different ways, for instance, as a corsage, or as a hair accessory. You can also put it on a hat, a cap, or a bag as an accent. If you make a lot of flowers, you can use them as decorations for events. Look at the poster my mom, Yasuko, points to in the photo below. Flowers are put around the poster to add style. That’s a “beary” nice idea, isn’t it? Depending on the combination of different scraps in patterns and colors, the flowers will create different tastes. Why don’t you try one?

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