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Floral Fabric Boxes and Journals




This Mother's Day, make a lasting impression on fabric-covered boxes and journals by using bold, geometric patterns.


  • Fabric
  • Medium paintbrush
  • Fabric stiffener
  • Flower punch
  • Grid ruler
  • Glue stick


  1. Step 1

    Begin by punching fabric flowers: Lay a piece of fabric in a shallow tray. With a medium paintbrush, apply enough fabric stiffener to saturate, but not soak, the fabric. Let it dry, about 1 hour. Repeat with any remaining fabric.

  2. Step 2

    Stiffen fabric and punch out flowers or petals.

  3. Step 3

    Lay out your design on the object. For linear patterns, use a grid ruler as a guide to keep them running straight.

  4. Step 4

    Apply petals or flowers with a glue stick; make sure to cover the back of each shape completely with adhesive to prevent curling.

Martha Stewart Living, May 2007



Reviews (1)

  • slolymade 17 Oct, 2010

    You can also stabilize fabric by ironing freezer paper to your fabric then after punching your design just remove the freezer paper. I have also used fabric and freezer paper in my printer. When ironing the freezer paper to fabric.....make sure the waxed side is ironed to the wrong side of fabric.