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DIY Fabric Mushroom from Refashioned Clothes

When the last Tuesday of the month rolls around, I get so excited to share with you the next Reduce, Reuse, REFASHION installment. Problem this month is, I’m a week early. ahem. I messed up, y’all, but I hope you don’t mind. While I wholeheartedly love decorating, woodworking, and cooking, I definitely love to work with textiles as well. While you’re doing your spring cleaning, be sure to give those clothes and fabrics a second look. Take, for instance, these three sweaters. They may not suit me, but they sure have a purpose for what I’m about to create. Anyone see a DIY fabric mushroom tutorial coming? Let’s decorate for spring!

Thrifted Sweaters Before Refashion Fun | prodigalpieces.com

Reduce, Reuse, REFASHION series hosted by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | Come learn to create for you and your home | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Yeah, I’m sure that some may look at the sweaters and shake their heads at my idea, but hang with me. See…aren’t they adorable?

Handmade Spring Vignette with DIY Fabric Mushroom Assortment by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #spring #crafts #upcycle #refashion

‘SHROOM MAKIN’ TIME

While I’m not a fan of mushrooms in my food (when cooked they have the texture of slugs, just sayin’), I do have fond memories of hunting them. My bapcia (aka. grandmother) LOVED to hunt mushrooms each spring. She would come out to our home and we’d trek off into the woods and to hear her delight at finding them was the best thing. After our hunt, we’d bring them home, pick off the insects, wash them up, and she’d fry them in a pan. I soaked all of it in except the consuming part. bluck. While I sorely miss my bapcia, I thought it would be fun to create our own mushroom hunt using found fabrics. If you’d like to join me, here’s what you’ll need:

Tool & Supplies
  • any fabric will do, but try to focus on less waste. I’m using shirts, sweaters, vintage lace, and old curtains
  • batting and stuffing (consider using that damaged pillow up)
  • needle and thread and/or sewing machine
  • sewing scissors
  • sand or other weighted fill (beans, rocks, etc)
  • templates (bowls, plates, you get the idea)

TERMS OF USE: If you want to create these mushrooms, you agree to the following: it cannot be shared or distributed for monetary gain in any way, it may not be modified in any way, and you may not claim the work as your own. 

STEP 1

First, there’s no specific design to my mushrooms, but I wanted to replicate morels, toadstools and the like. In order to do that, I sketch up a pattern and cut out 4 sections for a large morel. If you want smaller, just scale it back accordingly. I’m debating on creating a pattern available in PDF, so if you’re interested, let me know.

Cutting Sweater for DIY Fabric Mushroom | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #sewing #refashion

At the same time, I also cut out of my curtain fabric that is basically a heavier canvas-like fabric. Notice I am using bowls to make the base of the mushroom – two sizes shown, but I make a smaller one as well.

Tracing Bowls onto Curtains for Fabric Mushroom | prodgialpieces.com

Meanwhile, I draw out a butternut squash-like shape for the stem with the base the same diameter as the coordinating bowls. Also, feel free to vary the height and width as well.

Tracing Mushroom Base for DIY Fabric Mushroom Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

DIY Fabric Mushroom Base Pieces by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

STEP 2

Next, it’s time to assemble our DIY fabric mushroom pieces. With right sides facing, sew the morel pieces together, then stuff. I’m using batting wrapped around stuffing for a nice firm shape.

Filling DIY Fabric Mushroom Morel by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Using a coordinating fabric, cut a circle and hand-sew on. I just adore making dolls, so I have oodles of experience with this. It’s simple, just takes time. Since most mushrooms typically have that fluted bottom side, I’m using strips to replicate that look. However, if I had more time, I’d use a gathered fabric to created fluffy layers instead.

Striped Fabric for DIY Fabric Mushroom Morel | prodigalpieces.com

Likewise, do the same with the mushroom base – sew together the 3 pieces, but wait to stuff.

Open End Fabric Mushroom Base by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Then, we need to add the base. Pin or clip in pace and sew together.

Pinned Fabric Mushroom Base by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

In addition, carefully snip the edges of the base so that the seam will lay flat when resting. Just be careful not to snip through your seam.

Snipping DIY Fabric Mushroom Edge for Turning | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Snipped Edge of Mushroom Base | prodigalpieces.com

STEP 3

Fill ‘er up! Not only is this step fun, but also crucial for our mushrooms to have a stance. My choice for fill is bagged play sand, but you can also use beans, pebbles, rice…whatever floats your boat…er…mushroom.

Filling Sand Bags for DIY Fabric Mushroom by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

After that, place a bit of stuffing in the bottom of your mushroom base, then layer in the bagged sand, and stuff the rest up the neck. Finally, using a needle and thread, attach the morel head to the base.

A HUNTING WE WILL GO

Here are my DIY fabric mushroom assortment ready to welcome spring. I’m so smitten with them all!

Antique Upright Grand Piano with Spring Vignette with DIY Fabric Mushroom Display by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #spring #antique #home #diy

Set of Four Morel Mushrooms Made by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #spring #crafts #diy #home

And if you know me, I couldn’t just stop there. hee hee. I had to whip up some other styles too. So fun!!

Set of Four Toadstool Mushrooms Created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #spring #diy #handmade

Little Fabric Toadstool Mushroom Created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Who can resist a tiny mushroom? eep! These were definitely tricky to sew, but so worth it. These toadstools are using the same shirt I upcycled in this post for bowl filler. Waste not, want not! In addition, I created these blue versions with a different top design as well.

Upcycled DIY Fabric Mushroom from Refashioned Clothes by Larissa of Prodgial Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #upcycled #spring #farmhouse #homedecor

DIY Fabric Mushroom in Blue by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #crafts #diy #spring

Striped with Blue Fabric Mushroom Created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #tutorial #refashion #upcycle #spring

So…I’ve gotta ask…which style is your favorite? There are so many beautiful parts of creation that I am in awe of how God took time for each intricate detail to make it perfect. Just like you. You are perfect in His eyes. What a blessing!

Spring Farmhouse Vignette with DIY Fabric Mushroom by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #spring #farmhouse #sewing #crafts

If you’d like to make any or all of these ‘shrooms a part of your home story, you can find them and much more available in my online shop.

  • Vintage Farmhouse Bench in Rustic Green available at Prodigal Pieces | shop.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #shopping #furniture
    Vintage Farmhouse Bench ~ $275

Antique Piano with Spring Vignette Created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #farmhouse #crafts #sewing

Handmade DIY Fabric Mushroom Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #spring #refashion #upcycle

SHARE

Additionally, do take a minute to pin and share my refashioned mushrooms. They’re sure to bring a smile, plus it’s fun to inspire!

Create a spring vignette with these DIY fabric mushrooms from refashioned clothing by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #spring #diy #homedecor

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Trashed Fan Blades Before Upcycle by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com
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Also more REFASHION inspiration for you like my DIY fabric mushroom:

Grab Dad's swim trunks and make an upcycled swimsuit bag with insulated lining. Details by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #swimming #diy #home #fashion #summer #fathersdayGot a stash of old belts? Join Larissa of Prodigal Pieces as she creates farmhouse style decor with upcycled belts and thrift store finds | Video tutorial at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #home #homedecor #fashion

Comments

  1. Lori says

    I don’t think I can choose one style , I love them all! I used to have so much vintage mushroom decor and sadly lost pretty much every material thing 4 years ago in a storm. Lately when I find any kind of mushroom decor at thrift stores they have outrageous prices. So like you I try to make my own. As always you knocked it out the park and have a blessed day!

    • Larissa says

      Oh goodness, Lori. That’s awful! I’m so sorry. I have all these vintage prints that were stashed in my basement and a lazy plumber sprayed water all over my shop inventory damaging the prints (as you can see). Hang in there!

  2. Audra says

    These are great! I love the blue ones, both shape and color!!!!

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