Thursday, January 22, 2009

Fabric Flowers

I usually don't follow-up with more of the same craft right after completing one, but I found another box of fabric under my craft table and couldn't help myself. I found some cute florals that will make some lovely jewelry and hair accessories. When I started cutting tonight, I thought it would be cool to post a little tutorial, but due to dim lighting in this apartment and many of my craft supplies looking less than shiny and happy, I'll offer you this an unofficial "how-to" of sorts.
1. Find a fabric that will work. Try to find a design or shape that can easily be cut from the fabric.
2. Once you have the shape, trim around the edges to cut the stray threads. I find that after a few coats of the Mod Podge, cutting these strays is often easier (because they become stiff).

3. With a paint brush, add a thin coat of Mod Podge to one side of the fabric. Don't forget to use wax paper or parchment underneath! Wait fifteen minutes or so, and then add a coat to the other side. Let dry. Repeat.

**I like the look of the glossy finish for these embellishments. Although, matte may work nicely for a different look. You can have fun and experiment here.

4. Keep adding the finish repeatedly to both sides until the fabric becomes stiff. For the butterfly in the last post, I think I used about five coats on each side, but see what works for you.

5. When it dries, you can trim those strays, if you haven't done so already.

6. Embellish with rhinestones, glitter, sequins, anything you like! I'm thinking about backing some with felt and also using metallic threads here and there.

These can be used to make so many pretty things. All it takes is a few supplies
and your imagination.

Now I should really have another photo here of the completed embellishment, but I don't!
Stay-tuned tomorrow when I reveal the finished product!


MySweetThree said...

Very cool..and I won't hold it against ya that you followed-up with the same, who can resist? They are too cute!

J for Jendetta said...

so cool!! thank you soo much for the visual, now I am going to look at fabric so much differently!! xoxo

Jojo said...

I will pull out the cookie recipe and email you later today. It is the traditional valentine cookie that I made for my kids for 25 years. Can't wait for you to try it to see what you think.