Fabric Leaves DIY Tutorial

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Today I am going to share with you an easy tutorial on making DIY fabric leaves. These artificial leaves for decoration of your mantelpiece, wreath making or to use in bouquets are one of the most easy projects to make, and are a perfect use for some of your small scrap fabric pieces too.

So whether you are making fabric leaves for crafts or decoration, here is how to make fabric leaves with ease! 

Fabric Leaves DIY 

The inspiration for this project came as I was in a local shop. I noticed that a product on sale was a vase filled with large fabric leaves. And these large green leaves were maple leaves or of a sycamore type leaf style. But when I actually looked at each maple leaf I realised that they would be very simple to reproduce at home, and practically free to make if I used my fabric scraps! So instead of paying the shop price, I decided to come home and make my own small fabric leaves

Materials Needed

Materials needed for Fabric leaves

  • Fabric – I used quilt cotton scraps, in green, brown color shades, but some of my leaves cloth scraps had patterns too.
  • Bondaweb – this is a material that you can iron onto fabrics to create an adhesive surface. I buy this by the yard and cut what I need for each project.
  • Wire. I used garden wire in a green colour.
  • Fabric leaves patterns. I made my own custom small leaf shape.
  • A heat erase pen
  • Scissors

How To Make DIY Fabric Leaves

First, I ironed small pieces of the leaf cloth scraps to the bondaweb material. 

ironing scraps of fabric to the bondaweb

Next, I drew around my custom leaf pattern onto the scraps, before cutting out these leaves.

leaf shapes

cutting out fabric leaves

I did ensure I had matching pairs, and if you are making irregular leaf shapes such as a large maple leaf make sure that that you do cut mirror image shapes to make the two parts of the leaf.

I then took a pair of leaf shapes, peeled the backing of the bondaweb, placed one leaf piece right sides down, centred the garden wire down onto this piece, before placing the second leaf piece right sides up.

Sandwiching the wire between the two pieces of fabric

Then I placed my iron onto the whole sandwich of fabric and wire, thus bonding the two halves of leaf together.

ironing the leave together

The leaf is finished! You can use fray stop around the edge of the fabric to ensure it does not fray, but I left the leaves as they were. The finished leaves can be used for decoration or to add to garlands and wreaths. 

Love This DIY Fabric Leaf Tutorial? Why Not Read Some Of My Other Sewing And Craft Posts?

I love to show you really easy sewing projects that you can make. I have quite a few free sewing patterns here on my page. So why not view these other posts I have written?

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7 Replies to “Fabric Leaves DIY Tutorial”

  1. Ann says:

    Loved your leaves. Came across them ag week end. Son celebrates wedding anniversary next month. DIL had sunflowers embroidered on her veil. Been looking for ideas to make sunflowers for kitchen table. You have given me inspiration.

    1. Jo Boyne says:

      Thank you Ann. Hope you can find a way of making sunflowers in a similar way!


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