Learn how to make these cute primitive fabric sunflowers. They are fun and easy to create, and you can use them in your home decor in an arrangement or put them together with other handmade creations like the primitive crown shown below. Learn how to make your own primitive fabric sunflowers. These look great together in an arrangement or along with other handmade creations.
- muslin fabric
- Mark B Gone pen
- upholstery thread
- 1 small coffee can plastic lid
- 1 lid from Pringles Chips can or a similar size
- coffee stain made of 3 Tablespoons instant coffee mixed into 1 cup of hot water
2 Tablespoons vanilla
- cookie sheet & foil
- polyester filling
Note: for grungy sunflowers add approx. 1/4 cup or more of cinnamon. Mix and let sit. After a short while, the cinnamon will form a ‘sludge’ on the bottom of your pan. This sludge is what you apply to get the grungy, dirty look.
With your Mark B Gone pen, trace out 4 large circles using the larger plastic lid as your template. Trace 1 small circle with the smaller plastic lid.
Using the tracing line as your cutting line, cut out all circles.
Place the 4 larger circles on top of each other. Center the small circle over these and pin it in place.
Thread the needle with upholstery thread, knot, and come up under the small circle to hide the knot. Begin basting the small circle, being sure to go through all layers of muslin. Leave about a one-inch opening to insert polyester fill.
Stuff lightly with polyester fill, as shown in the photo.
Stitch the opening closed.
With scissors, cut from the outer edge of larger circles just to the beginning of the small circle, being careful not to cut through it.
Continue cutting all the way around the circle.
Emerge each sunflower into the coffee stain, being sure to flip so both sides are soaked through the fabric. Let sit a minute or two.
Take you primitive fabric sunflower out of the stain, squeeze excess moisture out and place on foil on a cookie sheet.
Place cookie sheet in the low-heat oven (about 170-200 degrees ) to dry. Turn over often so sunflowers don’t burn. When dry, remove them from the oven. Start pulling apart the 4 layers of ‘petals.’
You can leave primitive fabric sunflower as is, or you can grubby it up by painting on the sludge and more coffee stain and returning to oven to dry.
You can paint the puffed-up inner circle with brown paint. When dried, dry brush the edge with black paint. I added some orange and gold to this one as well.
For variety, instead of a muslin center, use homespun.
This is a sunflower make-do using a larger size sunflower. The template used was dinner and dessert plates. Visit our Free Pattern Page for more sunflower crafts!