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Denim Fabric Flowers

I have a growing stack of worn out boy’s blue jeans just waiting to be repurposed. I’ve seen quite a variety of different fabric flowers over the last couple of months, so that got me thinking. What a great way to use up some of these old blue jeans!

While I did want some to be classic denim blue, I also wanted to add some fun splashes of color. So I picked up several different colors of Rit and dyed some jeans with yellow, orange, pink, purple, green, and red.

I really didn’t have any sort of pattern in mind, I just kind of winged it and made a bunch of different designs. I combined denim with different fabrics, and even threw in some burlap here and there. For a little more fun, I used the netted plastic from onion and shallot bags I had been saving.

I also spray painted some wooden dowels black to use as stems. I think I’ll make some more and frame them for the wall redo I am working on.

Is this overkill on the pictures?? I was having a hard time with glare.

So if I didn’t already give you way too may pictures to look at, here’s an individual shot of each one.

If you like these, I’m curious if you have a favorite? Mine is the one with the white-polka dotted center and the blue jean strips for petals. My 16 year old daughter’s favorite is the last individual photo here, the denim with the blue and brown fabric and burlap.

These were all made with my trusty glue gun. I’m not much of a seamstress. Not that I couldn’t be, just that I don’t have time for another hobby. :( I wish I did! I’d be making all sorts of stuff. :)

Me

49 Responses to Denim Fabric Flowers

  1. 1
    Andy Porter says:

    So cute! I'm sure that the denim holds it's shape better than other fabric would! Nice!

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    Kristi Flanagan says:

    Ok these are WAY CUTE! I love them all, but the one you added burlap too is my favorite! Thanks so much for planting your creative seeds at Plant a Punkin Seed Party and for your help this a.m.!

    Kristi
    Punkin Seed Productions

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    Rachel says:

    These are too cute!! I have a bunch of denim scraps lying around, I just may make some very soon.

    I'm linkin over from Poppies at Play.

    Rachel

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    Eva says:

    Love these. I just have one question though. how did you attach flowers to the dowels (stems)

  5. 5
    Julie says:

    These are fantastic! I am having a Flower Week in a couple of weeks. I hope you'll stop by and check it out.
    http://singingthreelittlebirds.blogspot.com/2010/05/flower-week-begins-may-24th.html

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    Jane says:

    Amanda, I hope you were able to link up to Frugalicious Friday today…so sorry you were having trouble. Ya know, I was wondering why the entries seemed low. Hmmm…I'm off to report this to Brent so he hopefully can fix this thang!

    Jane
    Finding Fabulous

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    Amanda says:

    Thanks Jane, i finally did!

    Eva – good question. I have some photos of that step, but basically what I did is hot glue a 2" thin strip of leftover denim around the end of the dowel to create a "seat". Then I hot glued that to the bottom of the flower. Some flowers were flat on the bottom, while some had areas where I could tuck the dowel in a bit.

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    The Mommy Teacher says:

    Amanda,
    You are sooo creative!! I wish I could post these on Craft Gossip! Can we somehow figure how they are kid appropriate? :) ? Just wanted to let you know that you amaze me all the time!
    Thanks!
    Kristen

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    Amanda says:

    Thank you Kristen, you are so sweet! I bought this new glue, well it's not new, but new to me, called Beacon's 3 in 1 craft glue. Someone suggested it to me for kid's crafts so you don't have to use a glue gun. The shapes are very easy , so it's just a matter of how they put them together. I definitely don't recommend the glue gun for kids on this one, I burnt myself several times LOL!

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    KKL Primitives says:

    Now those are just too cute! I have tons of small fabric pieces sitting in a bin – I can have the grandkids make up some of these ( though gramma will use the glue gun) when they are bored……which happens frequently. They can only play so many hands of Go Fish, lol.

    Thanks for sharing Amanda!

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    megan says:

    To cute! My favorite is the blue one with the white plastic netting!
    Happy Mother's Day Amanda!

  12. 12
    Amanda says:

    Thanks NeeNee!

    Thanks Megan, that's my favorite one too! Happy Mom's Day to you too :)

  13. 13
    marla {family fresh cooking} says:

    These flowers are so creative and adorable!!! Thanks for inspiring us :) xo

  14. 14
    LollyChops says:

    I love how you combined the different materials together!

    They are all so cute I am not sure I can pick a fav!

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    Embellished Bayou says:

    So cute! I love your creativity, dyeing the denim & using the netting was genius!

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    Laura says:

    What a creative idea. I have lots of denim lying around. Thanks for linking up to Saturday is Crafty Day!

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    A* says:

    Cute flowers! I love anything made from denim. I'm with you on fave flower – the white polka dot center with denim strips is so cool!

  18. 18
    Katie says:

    Those are adorable! I love how they're all unique.

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    Kim says:

    These are so cute! I have some denims to cut up so I will have to save my scraps to make some flowers.

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    Rory from Tools Are For Women Too! says:

    Fun project! Who doesn't have old denim jeans lying around? I love that you made something out of material that you already had around. Thanks for joining Modern Craftswoman Monday. Hope to see you next week, too!
    Rory

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    Stephanie Lynn says:

    Amanda, These are simply adorable! I love the bright colors you used against the denim. Super cute! Thanks for stopping by and joining the Sunday Showcase! I greatly appreciate it. Hope you have a wonderful week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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    Santa's Gift Shoppe and Ideas says:

    Hi..I’m Barb…Popping over from Tip junkie. Great idea!! I love to repurpose stuff..isn't it a great feeling? I was going to follow but see I am already a follower of yours.. I hope you will get a chance to visit my blog @
    santasgiftshoppe.blogspot.com
    & get inspired by something for your family/home. I hope you will follow me as well. Nice to meet ya new friend!!!

  23. 23
    Pam says:

    Wow, these are so cute! What a fun idea! Too bad I just threw away a pair of way too worn jeans away…Will have to save the next pair. I'm sure my four-year-old will provide me with another one soon! LOL

    Pam
    http://www.keepinglifecreative.com

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    FLOWERSHOPGURL says:

    Hi, I am going to have to try to make these with my granddaughter, she will really enjoy this project. Thank you.
    Hugz,
    Kim

  25. 25
    Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} says:

    Very cute!! I love that you were able to get 6 completely different flowers out of jeans! My fave is the one with the white netting. Cute, cute!

  26. 26
    Tammy@ Not Just Paper and Glue says:

    These are so cute and I love all of the texture!

  27. 27
    Tere says:

    I love them! Awesome scrap project and very cute!
    Come join my very first link party!
    terelauritsen.blogspot.com

  28. 28
    Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden says:

    Cute! I love how they're all so different!

    Thanks for sharing at My Backyard Eden!

  29. 29
    Ashlee says:

    I LOVE working with denim. I recently made a hair bow and purse. These look great.

  30. 30
    Kristi Flanagan says:

    You've been featured! Come grab your button and wear it with pride girl! Of course, come plant more creative seeds on Friday!

    Kristi
    Punkin Seed Productions

  31. 31
    Lanie Ree says:

    Wow, these are awesome. Probably the best use for old denim I've ever seen :)

    Thanks for linking this up to A Little Creative Therapy with Life in the Pitts.

  32. 32
    Lanie Ree says:

    I am featuring this today. Because it's awesome.

    http://lanieree.blogspot.com/2010/05/featuring-you.html

  33. 33
    Amanda says:

    Thank you to everyone for all your wonderful comments!

  34. 34
    Julie says:

    Hi! I would love for you to link this up for Flower Week @ Singing Three Little Birds.
    http://singingthreelittlebirds.blogspot.com/2010/05/flower-week-linky-party.html

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    Amy Bowman says:

    now I know what to do with all the jeans with holes in them!! these are super cute. Thanks for linking up to "AP Tuesdays!" Hope to see you again tomorrow-I'll be having my first giveaway!!

  36. 36
    michelle@somedaycrafts says:

    I really need to make some of these!! Thanks for linking up!!

  37. 37
    Christine says:

    I love these flowers, now I know why I have all of those worn out jeans from my boys kicking around. And all of the pictures were fine ;)!!

  38. 38
    Tammy says:

    Never thought of making flowers out of old blue jeans. This is very creative. Hope you dont mind but I added your site to my list of blogs on my blog. I recycle household items to make educational activities. I work with young children and teach parenting classes.
    check it out
    http://recycletoeducate.blogspot.com/

    Tammy Shepherd

  39. 39
    Donna says:

    Great Idea! I love these flowers! Now I know what to do with my four boys old denim jeans!

  40. 40
    Alison says:

    Hi Amanda! I can’t tell you how much I adore these! Thank you for the fabulous tutorial!! I featured this tutorial today on my blog with a roundup of flower tutorials. Here is the link:

    http://oopsey-daisy.blogspot.com/2010/07/wednesdays-wowzers-3-dozen-plus-four.html

    Thank you so much for inspiring me. Have a wonderful day!

    ~Alison

  41. 41
    Edcu8rkids says:

    I am making my wedding dress from denim. I figured I would have fun since I have been married before and white just doesn't work after 40, lol. I am making a skirt with a slight train and a corset as well as a shrug. I am going to steal your idea and add denim flowers along the back of the bottom of the train! Thanks for your inspiration.

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    vintagevixie says:

    I love these.Could u send me a tutorial?
    Thanks

  46. 46

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  47. 47
    JoAnn Burnett says:

    I am unable to see 47 responses to Denim fabric flowers! I did subscribe and the box continues to come up?? My question is how did you attach the denim,did you cut any holes in denim to slide onto the dowel rod or just glued directly on the rod and did you starch the fabric so it would keep it’s shape and lastly how big are the flowers 3,4 or 5 inches across?
    If I can’t see the 47 post please answer by email I would appreciate!

    Thx, JoAnn

    • 47.1

      Hi JoAnn. Forst of all, thank you for alerting me to the issue with the comments not displaying. I have fixed that and you should be able to see them now. I did not use any fabric stiffener, denim is pretty sturdy and doesn’t need it :) Size: most of them are about 4-inches across, but some are almost 5-inches. As for how I attached them. I went back to see if I had the step photos and I’m afraid those are gone now, it’s been 4 years since I posted this. However, I didn’t cut any holes, I just turned the flower upside down, hot glued the dowel in place, then wrapped around the based of the dowel with a thin strip of denim and secured that with hot glue as well. Hope this helps!

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