Tshirt RoseMore fun with glue guns!

I’m definitely on a kick with flowers and glue guns. This project is inspired by the blog called Matsutake that I discovered through Pinterest. I was frankly a little surprised how great these turned out looking considering they were just discarded t-shirts a few minutes prior. These are quick and can be used in so many ways as accessories like glued on headbands or made into bib necklaces, attached to belts or used as a brooch, the list goes on and on. So, find an old t-shirt and let’s get cracking.

What You’ll Need:

  • Old t-shirt
  • Needle and thread or you can use your sewing machine
  • Glue gun (You can also sew these and I would recommend that if this is something you every want to wash or permanently attach to clothing.)

Tshirt RoseFirst start with cutting up your t-shirt into strips. To make the rose I’m showing here I used one strip that was 3 inches wide and about 48 inches long. If your t-shirt isn’t that wide, you can cut shorter strips and just use more of them in your final product. You can also make them more narrow if you want a shorter rose. It really just depends on where you want to use your final product and you can make several from one t-shirt so you can always experiment to get the size you like.

Once your strip is cut, you’ll need to stitch down the center using a long width stitch. On a sewing machine, you can adjust the width of your stitch and I used a size 5.0. If you’re hand sewing, you use a running stitch or a basting stitch and just make wide stitches.  I all of this sounds like gibberish to you, just make wide stitches, that is all and leave plenty of thread at the beginning and the end of your strip since you will be using that thread to pull to make gathers.

Speaking of gathering, once your strips are sewn, pull on the thread on either side of your strip. If you used your machine, then pull on one thread on each side, I used the bottom thread. The fabric should cinch up and evenly space out your gathers as you go.

Once the gathering is done, fold the strip in half width-wise and start to roll of the strip. Place glue or use a needle and thread to secure the fabric as you continue rolling it up.  At the end of the strip you can attch it to the bottom or tuck it into secure it.

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All done!


If all the sewing is a bit much for you, you can just fold up the strip width-wise after you cut it out and roll it up the same way as the other rose. You just won’t have the gathering and your rose will be much tighter.

Tshirt Rose