Sewing Pattern Paper to Make Rustic Flowers or Big Paper Flowers

Sewing Pattern Paper to Make Rustic Flowers or Big Paper Flowers

Even though I’m not a faux flowers kind of person, 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 vintage sewing patterns at thrifts – but when I say “vintage”, I mean ugly patterns for 80s and 90s clothing. And making big paper flowers from the sewing pattern paper seemed like a great way to put those shoulder pad patterns to rest.

Sewing pattern paper and vintage sewing patterns from the thrift store for upcycling ideas

I would never do this with the really nice vintage sewing patterns – but 1990s skorts and jumpers are things that should never come back in style. And let me tell you, these big paper flowers are SO easy to make!

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Using Sewing Pattern Paper to Make Big Paper Flowers

First, I cut 8-10 rectangles from my sewing pattern paper, all roughly the same size. Then, I stacked them on top of each other as neatly as possible. , and stack them on top of each other. I cut my vintage sewing patterns into rectangles that were roughly the size of a standard sheet of paper, as a guide.

Layering several sheets of sewing pattern paper before folding into big paper flowers or rustic flowers

Then, I folded the sewing pattern paper in an accordion-style fold. When I was done, I rounded off the ends so that it looked like an accordion cigar.

Folding the vintage sewing patterns in an accordion style and rounding the ends to make the rustic flowers

Now I needed something to pinch the center of my “cigar” that would also serve as a flower stem! I used some natural-looking floral wire to wrap around the middle of the sewing pattern paper, leaving a nice length for stem. If it just me or does it look like a dragonfly now??

Finally, it was time to transform my “dragonfly” into big paper flowers! And to do so, you need to make like a bustier: Lift and Separate!

I gently formed my big paper flowers by carefully separating apart the layers of tissue… truly lifting and separating.

I fluffed and crunched the “petals” on both sides of the floral wire center, and made sure the entire thing was pretty uniform all around.

Big paper flowers by upcycling the vintage sewing patterns and sewing pattern paper

Big Paper Flowers that Look Like Dried Hydrangeas for Rustic Decor

When all was said and done and I was happy with it, I had a full and fluffy paper flower that kind of resembled dried hydrangeas. I popped it in a vase (well, a vintage bottle) and admired my work.

Getting the look of dried hydrangeas by upcycling the vintage sewing patterns into big paper flowers

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

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.

If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for vintage sewing patterns, then you’ll also love these ideas for Christmas gift wrap!

Wrapping gifts for a farmhouse Christmas with sewing pattern paper and vintage sewing patterns as Christmas gift wrap

And make sure you check out this framed wall art idea with vintage sewing patterns before you go, too!

How to create framed wall art for craft room or sewing room with upcycled vintage sewing patterns

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  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. 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 🙂 http://designsbymissmandee.blogspot.com/

  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 – https://www.facebook.com/KnickofTime

  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!
    Lauren
    Twin Tested, Pin Approved
    http://twintestedpinapproved.wordpress.com/2014/10/01/mommy-needs-a-timeout-thursday-4-happy-halloween/

  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 KitchenDreaming.com ! I hope to see you there!

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  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 @ http://houseofhipsters.com/

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

  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 🙂
    Jess

  25. This is the best! Teaching a Flower Power summer class for elementary summer camp and plan to include this project as well~ Thank you~

  26. Beth Bennett says

    This is a great idea to maybe use the patterns you bought and then don’t like, or never use. I personally like those old patterns in the antique stores. I have gotten some really nice craft patterns, and patterns that actually fit me (I’m a large person) for a little bit of nothing. They are usually not used, so you know all the pieces are there. I just want to caution that you watch what you are turning into flowers…example: I just bought a box of patterns for $3. There were clown patterns, halloween costume patterns, different crafts that I had never seen before. There are treasures to be found…

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      I would NEVER do this to truly old or special patterns, Beth. I hope you noticed the photo early on of the pattern envelopes- patterns from the 1980s and 1990s that aren’t special, unique or prized.

  27. Love these! Who would have thought?

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      A fun way to reuse those old patterns, right? I highly recommend using ugly 1980s and 1990s patterns especially, so no one can make those horrendous clothes ever again! (wink, wink)

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