Pretty Pattern Peonies: Sewing Pattern Paper Flowers

Pretty Pattern Peonies: Sewing Pattern Paper Flowers

Full disclosure- I’m not really a Faux Flowers kind of gal. I prefer real flowers, of course, but more importantly, anything that sticks out of a vase is just a disaster waiting to happen for our friend, Cottonball.

But. BUT…

I decided to try my hand at tissue paper flowers. Why, you might ask? Well, I’m always looking for projects to make from things that are ubiquitous (and wildly cheap) at thrift shops. I kept seeing outdated sewing patterns at thrift stores…not antique patterns, but rather outdated styles from the ‘80s and early ‘90s (think culottes and corduroy jumpers). They were roughly $1.00/pack… and filled with tissue paper begging to be repurposed.

Think there's a skort pattern in there?

Think there’s a skort pattern in there?

And let me tell you- making these flowers is super easy and quick, AND I actually love how they look!

First step: cut 8-10 rectangles from your pattern, all roughly the same size, and stack them on top of each other. Each of these rectangles was roughly the size of a sheet of copy/printer paper.

Oh sheets!

Oh sheets!

Then, fold accordion-style (starting at one of the shorter ends of your stack) and round off the ends with sharp scissors so it looks like an accordion cigar.

I know. It definitely doesn't look very floral right now.

I know. It definitely doesn’t look very floral right now.

In grade school, you would have used a pipe cleaner for this next step, but any heavier-gauge wire will do. I used some natural-looking floral wire to wrap around the middle of my accordion, leaving a nice length for “stem”.

From cigar to dragonfly...still not a flower!

From cigar to dragonfly…still not a flower!

Now- make like a bustier: Lift and Separate!

Gently form your flower by pulling apart the layers of tissue… truly lifting and separating.

Ok, maybe kind of petal

Ok, maybe kind of petalish…

One half done!

One half done!

“Fluff” and “crunch” it however you want to in order to create your poofy peony. Then, find yourself a vase and presto- instant flower!

FINALLY! It's a flower!

FINALLY! It’s a flower!

Isn’t that so sweet? I love how the bits of black from the pattern show through here and there. And these flowers are so quick to make, you’ll have an arrangement of them in no time.

Vintage sewing pattern tissue paper flowers by Sadie Seasongoods

Such a sweet bouquet!

And there you go- perfect for upcoming Fall parties…Thanksgiving centerpieces…even weddings!…and wonderfully cheap. Plus, you can recycle your scraps, so it’s like a net-zero project. Love that!

Craft on!



  1. Great project, Sadie. And easy, too. I’m already thinking of making them for wedding related events – maybe from tissue the colors of the wedding. You did such a nice job “lifting and separating” that they almost look like hydrangea – which I love.

  2. Great idea!! I have dozens of old patterns. Thank you!!

  3. Miss Mandee says:

    Wow, these turned out so pretty! I would love for you to share this post at my Create & Share Link Party tonight (7:00 PM MST)! Hope to see you there 🙂

  4. LOVE this! Thanks for sharing it at the VIP party at Knick of Time! I’m giving you a shout out on my FB page here –

  5. Great use for old patterns! Can’t wait to try this. Pinning!

  6. Melissa @ Simply Sweets by Honeybee says:

    What a great way to use old patterns!

  7. dwellinginhappiness says:

    So pretty! Love the sewing pattern paper, it gives them an old vintage look and feel. Pinning! 🙂

  8. I love this. So classically beautiful. Would love if you linked up with us at Mommy Needs a Timeout Thursday! We party until Saturday at 8 PM EST! See you there!
    Twin Tested, Pin Approved

  9. I love these! I made several a few years ago and they’ve been on my “to do” list for ages. Thanks for the inspiration and thanks for sharing them and the tutorial at Vintage Inspiration Party.

  10. i find it soooo relaxing to make tissue flowers, and these look amazing! bravo.

  11. I love these in so many ways – the pattern paper, the shape – I’m definitely going to add these to my fall mantle. Thanks so much for sharing at Project Inspire{d}! Hope to see you again next time.

  12. juliaklimek says:

    Just a quick hi, to say I LOVE these!!! Julia

  13. Thanks for coming and linking up at #TheWeekend Social. Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST on ! I hope to see you there!

  14. They totally remind me of hydrangeas- so clever! Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog hop, I’ll be featuring you, so please feel free to grab my Featured Button! Have a great week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick®

  15. These are soooo pretty! Found you on the Flamingo Toes link up =) Kyla @

  16. I love real flowers best too, but these come to a close second! They are briliand, thanks for sharing!

  17. Oh these are fantastic! I have tons of old patterns that I know I’ll never use again. Great way to use the cool vintage look pattern paper!

  18. Love this ucycled project!!

  19. When I saw your link I originally thought they had to be made out of coffee filters. I love that you used old patterns! I passed up a whole bunch of patterns at Goodwill not too long ago and now I really wish I had bought them. Thanks so much for linking this project up at our party!

  20. These are really lovely and a great way to use “never going to use again” patterns. Thanks for linking to the Craftastic Monday party at Sew Can Do!

  21. So cute, I love this project. Pinning!

  22. This is such a great project! Reminds me of hydrangeas. I have a box of old patterns that I use for packing. I’m definitely going to try this.

  23. Great tutorial. I have made these for many parties and I think they look terrific! They have a style all their own so it doesn’t feel like a substitute for real flowers- just a unique decoration. And so many different ways to use them, for so little money. Win-win-win, right?!

  24. These turned out so stinking cute! Thanks for linking them up at Totally Terrific Tuesday!! Pinned 🙂


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