Funky Flower Pins from Fabric Scraps

I have been continuing to think of what I can do with all the scraps of fabric that are crammed into my studio. (Ann has really gotten me going with her 2nd Quarter Challenge.) I have bags of commercial fabric scraps and then tons of fabric that I have dyed, screen printed, stamped, stenciled or thrown color upon in some manner. I need to start using these up before the studio overflows and the fabric starts to take over. (Not that it hasn’t already but…)

Machine Stitched with Center

So I decided to make some flower pins. I used some of my ugliest screen printed fabric for the centers. I rolled up the fabric and twisted it into a spiral. Then I hand stitched the spiral together. I made a pile of fabric scraps for the petals and leaves and then machine stitched the pile of fabric together.

Blues Scrap Flower

Then I hand stitched the center on to the petals.

Blues Scrap Flower Back

I cut a small circle of felted wool blanket that has been dyed, stamped and a variety of other things which has been in my stash for years. I sewed on a pin backing and hand stitched the circle of felt to the back of the flower.

Here’s another one. As you can see I don’t worry about the scraps being nice and even. It’s nice not to have to worry about if the scrap is flat or ironed and whether the edges are neat. I use the pinking shears on the cotton fabrics.

Both Scrap Flowers

And here are the two finished pins. You can trim the petals a bit if you like after you finish. So I got two done.

Studio after Making Scrap Flowers

And here’s the studio after I finished. I still have a gazillion fabric scraps, the studio is a mess and I’d need to make hundreds more to use up all these scraps. Perhaps I need to increase the scale of my projects to get rid of more scraps?

About ruthlane

When I discovered felting in 2007, I finally found the creative outlet for which I had been searching. I love that the versatility of fiber allows me to “play” with a wide variety of materials including wool, silk, fabrics, yarns and threads. Creating one of a kind fiber art pieces to share with the world fulfills my creative passion.
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12 Responses to Funky Flower Pins from Fabric Scraps

  1. Cath says:

    Good on you for making a start!! My fabric scraps have started composting down…

  2. zedster66 says:

    Great idea, Ruth! I found a bag of fabric scraps last week when I was tidying felt scraps away, I looked at them for a minute thinking I should do something with them, then thought of clearing all the threads and snippings away after and shoved them back in a drawer! I like the way you’ve done the centres 🙂

    • ruthlane says:

      Thanks Zed – I have about 50 bags of fabric scraps, plus a big bin of fabric and then even larger pieces of dyed fabric. An unending supply which I keep adding to. So I’m running out of drawers to shove them into.

  3. Lyn says:

    Wonderfully pretty idea to combine scraps of fabrics and I like the centres – they give a firmness to the delicate flowers. You could easily make one to complement a special outfit and they would make lovely corsages for wedding guests.

    Your studio looks like Annie’s!

    • ruthlane says:

      Thanks Lyn! I do think they would work well for corsages. I just need to make more in a bunch of color choices. I will have to clean my studio up soon as it’s driving me crazy.

  4. Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

    Great use of the scraps Ruth. You’ll have to let us know how they sell at the shop. I can see making a wall hanging or something for the door on a larger scale. Your studio looks like mine. 🙂

    • ruthlane says:

      Thanks Marilyn, I will have to make more before I try to sell them. Just two won’t sell by themselves. I guess I could work out making wreaths with fabric scraps, that might work. It’s time to clean up my studio.

  5. ebsutherla says:

    Ruth, I Absolutely Love the photo of your studio. That’s what mine looks like when I’m creating. I like the reuse of the fabric scraps. I have not collected quite that much, but I’m on my way.
    When I deconstruct thrift-store items, I often have a polyester knit lining. I have just been tossing those. Am I committing heresy, or just being prudent?

    • ruthlane says:

      Thanks Elizabeth! Good to know that I’m not the only one that has stuff strewn all over the place. I think getting rid of polyester knit lining is perfectly OK. I don’t use much polyester material myself.

  6. Great flowers Ruth I may have to borrow that idea for some of my scraps. Time is what we all need I think.

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