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How to make a Fabric Mushroom

I have made a video tutorial on how to make these fabric mushrooms but I thought I would also add a more detailed tutorial. So first of all the materials you will need are:

  • white fabric
  • red fabric
  • scissors, needle, thread
  • cardboard
  • white beads
  • wire and wire cutters
  • cotton
  • stuffing

Start with the red mushroom cap, for mine I am using a velour fabric which is very soft and stretchy and it kinda looks like velvet. My diameter for the red circle is about 6,5cm. (you don’t have to be very precise and I doesn’t have to be a perfect circle, a general circle shape is fine!) Next you want to sew some white beads onto the red cap. Sew the beads more close together in the center and then spread out towards the edge but don’t go all the way to the edge.

I add a cardboard support inside the cap so the wire can go thru it from the stem. This way I can position the stem and the cap. So for the cardboard, the diameter is about 3,5cm and again it doesn’t have to be perfect just a general circle is fine. You do want to make a small hole in the center for the wires. I used a craft knife to poke a hole in it.

Next you want to get a piece of white fabric about 6x40cm. At the top gather the fabric with a gathering stitch. The gathered length should be long enough so that it will go around the cardboard circle.

Once you have the desired length iron it flat down. This way you will get really nice crisp creases which will simulate the underside of the mushroom cap (lamella or gill). After that hot glue the fabric onto the cardboard circle.

Next we are going to make the stem of the mushroom, use some wire and make a t shape like in the picture. Make it as long as you like. After that wrap some cotton around the stem and secure it with some thread. You want to make it nice and compact.

After that, take a piece of white fabric and wrap the stem with it. Stitch it close, the stitches don’t have to be perfect as I like the shabby it gets!

Insert the stem wires thru the hole in the cardboard, after that do a gathering stitch on the white fabric. Once you gathered all the fabric pull it tightly and make a knot.

Trim the fabric under the cap if its too long. Fold the red fabric over a bit so the edges wont show and then stitch it to the bottom cap part.

Stuff the cap with a bit of stuffing or you can just use left over fabric trims. After that use some color to distress the fabric. I used Distress Ink from Ranger in the color “vintage photo” but you could just dry brush with some acrylic paint.

And that is it! If you have any more questions let me know! You can also check out my video tutorial on youtube!

Thanks for watching!

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10 responses to “How to make a Fabric Mushroom”

  1. Helen Avatar

    I’ve just watched your video and read your post to make these wonderful mushrooms 🍄 thank you! I so enjoyed both and I’m going to have a go myself now using your method and adding a few ideas of my own too! So grateful, thank you!x

    1. tinycraft Avatar
      tinycraft

      Awesome! I’m glad you enjoyed the tutorial! 🍄

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    Anonymous

    Thank you. I love your tutorial. 🥰

  3. Ann Mellows Avatar
    Ann Mellows

    great tutorial, you are a very generous lady. Thank you.

  4. Jean Tempest Avatar
    Jean Tempest

    In the video you have two muchrooms – is this the tutorial for the smaller of the two?

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    What gauge is the wire?

  6. margot c. thevenet Avatar
    margot c. thevenet

    beautiful… very au natural! which I like as a crafters/designer myself.. well done..

    1. tinycraft Avatar

      Thank you!

  7. Sue Brown Avatar

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I really appreciate it. Your photos and detailed instructions are perfect. I can’t wait to make them!

    1. tinycraft Avatar

      Thank you! Hope you give it a try!

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