As we all know, fresh flowers can instantly brighten a room. I would love to have fresh flowers in every room of my home, but since that can get expensive I often use handmade flowers instead. Handmade flowers can bring a pop of color and visual interest to a room and unlike real flowers have a long “shelf life.”
Today, I’ll show you how to make a bouquet of fabric poppies using vintage buttons. These poppies were inspired by my grandmother’s collection of brown vintage buttons that my mom gave to me. The designs on the buttons remind me of the centers of poppies. My goal was to create a project to display and highlight the beauty of the buttons.
First, I cut out four petals for each flower from a synthetic blend fabric. I used a fabric I found in the lining section of a fabric store. Cut the petals so that each is a bit different. Each petal should be about 4 3/4″ x 3 1/4″ and the fabric grain should run vertically on each petal to make the petals look more natural.
I pulled the thread to make a ring of petals and tied it off. Note: I left a little slack in the thread for most of the flowers, but pulled it taut in a few to make buds.
I secured the wire and button with floral tape. (Floral tape has a slight stretch. To use, pull the tape taut and wrap it around the wire.)
Cut leaf shapes from green felt.
To make the vintage button flowers, I used:
- Yellow-gold synthetic fabric lining
- Green floral wire (16 gauge roll and 22 gauge pieces)
- Brown vintage buttons
- Green felt (30% wool)
- Green floral tape
- Scissors (not shown)
- Thread (gold and yellow (not shown))
- Sewing machine (not shown)