Adorable DIY Fabric Accordion Faux Fruit Centerpiece

Bring color and texture to your table decor with this fun twist on a classic fruit bowl centerpiece! Create fold-out accordion produce when you make fabric act like paper with Terial Magic.

DIY Fabric Fruit Bowl Centerpiece

Revamp your table or sideboard decor with this fresh new twist on a classic fruit bowl centerpiece! This fabulous fabric bounty might look good enough to eat, but with our FREE electronic cutting templates, we promise you won't bite off more than you can chew ; ) 

Supplies Used

  • Terial Magic Fabric Stabilizer
  • Zip lock-type plastic bag (1-gallon capacity) 
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Electronic cutting machine (we like the Silhouette Cameo) 
    • 12” x 12” standard cutting mat
  • A variety of fabrics in the colors of your fruit; we used two fabrics for each piece, a solid and a complementary print.
    • Each piece of fruit requires 12 pieces of fabric cut in the shape of the 2-D fruit shape, so you will need about a half yard of fabric for each larger piece of fruit (less for cherries, grapes, or strawberries)
  • Green fabric for leaves
  • Double-sided clear adhesive sheets
  • A few coffee straws (one for each fruit piece)
  • Floral wire
  • Green floral tape (should match leaf fabric)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Cute fruit bowl for display (optional)

How to Make Your Fold-Out Fruit

Step 1: Treat Your Fabric   

Treat all of your fabrics with Terial Magic fabric stabilizer to make them paper-like and cutter-ready! 

Place fabric into a bag and spray to saturate the fabric, making sure there are no dry spots. Next, massage the fabric so that it is well covered, then remove from the bag and hang for 5 or 10 minutes to let the Terial Magic infuse into the fibers. While it’s still damp, press with an iron to set.

If you are a first-time Terial Magic-ian, please take a minte to watch our short but handy video to see the whole process!

To recap: 1) Saturate fabric. 2) Hang until damp. 3) Iron to dry and smooth.

Step 2: Cut to Size

Cut fabrics into 12” x 12” squares. Each square will make either 6 large fruit copies or 12 small fruit copies. Therefore, for each piece of large fruit, you would cut 2 sheets total using the fabric(s) of your choice. For small fruits, you will get enough copies for 2 pieces of fruit for every 2 sheets you cut; for example, if you cut one piece of solid red fabric and one piece of printed red fabric using the cherry pattern, you will have enough copies to make 2 individual cherries that you can later join together with stems.

Download the FREE Cutting Pattern Files!

Small Fruits (12 copies per sheet):

Large Fruits (6 copies per sheet):

Leaves (for Strawberries, Apples, and Pears)

The remainder of this tutorial will demonstrate how assemble one complete strawberry. However, you can use the same exact process to assemble each variety of fruit.

The only variations occur in stem lengths and leaf shapes, which will vary slightly by fruit; the strawberries use four-lobed leaves, the pears and apples use the single oval leaves, and cherries and grapes can be joined together at their stems to form pairs or bunches.

Step 3: Make a Chain

Collect all twelve copies of your strawberry: six solid-colored, six printed. Take a solid colored and a printed copy, and fold each in half vertically. The two halves of each copy should mirror each other, and the front side of the fabrics should be folded inward.

Use a piece of double-sided adhesive sheet to stick the left outer half of one piece to the right outer half of the other. 

    Folded Fabric Strawberry Chain  Stick Fabric Strawberry Chain Together

Repeat until you run out of copies (remembering to alternate between the print and solid pieces). Then, join the two ends of this completed strawberry chain into a circle. You will now have a 3D strawberry shape with a small tube of space in the center.

Step 4: Straw Meets Berry

Take one of your coffee straws and coat the outside with a thin layer of hot glue. Slide the straw down into the center of the fruit until it reaches the bottom of the tube. Snip off any extra straw that sticks out. 

Insert Coffee Straw Fabric Strawberry

Step 5: Shape It Up

You may notice that when you turn your strawberry on its side, it tends to fold down flat (this is even more a of challenge with the larger fruits).

Stabilize Strawberry Fabric Shape

To create structure and volume, hold your fruit upside down and place a small bead of hot glue at the bottom of one of your fabric folds. Hold the space between the crease open until the glue dries (about 30 seconds); this will create a bead that will serve as a spacer between each fabric fold. Add beads like this in each space along the bottom, then flip and perform the same procedure at the top of each fold.

Step 6: Stick Your Stem

Cut a short piece of floral wire (about an inch or so) and wrap it with floral tape. Place a dab of hot glue into the top of the coffee straw inside the fruit, then slide your “stem” into the hole about an inch or so. Leave the desired amount of “stem” sticking out of the top of the fruit.

Wrap Wire Strawberry Stem

Step 7: Leaf It...and Love It!

Take two four-lobed leaf pieces and stack them so the centers line up and the bottom lobes are visible in the spaces between the top lobes. Use your fabric scissors to cut a small hole (the width of your coffee straw) in the center where you will attach them to the stem. Slide your leaves down the stem to the top of the fruit and use your hot glue gun to hold them in place.

Attach Fabric Leaves Strawberry

Step 8: Repeat and Complete!

Repeat Steps 3 through 7 to create your other fruits. See the notes at the end of Step 2 to execute the correct leaf and/or stem variation for each type of fruit.

Accordion Fabric Strawberry

Once you have created your assortment, find your favorite fruit bowl, arrange, and enjoy!

Next Project: Beautiful Fabric Flowers for Your Hair—Fast!