FLOWER HEART HANGING
This is a great way to use up remnants of fabrics or clothes that have pretty patterning, and it makes a perfect homemade gift. You can also use this technique to make corsages for a coat or hat.
YOU WILL NEED Pretty lightweight fabrics (cut into 23cm x 10cm pieces) Newspaper Small, wide paintbrush Fray-stop fabric glue (available from hobbycraft.co.uk) Millboard or cardboard Cutting mat 10mm-20mm durable steel flower hole punch for leather crafts (available from etsy.com/uk) Small hammer Large needle Small flower stamens (available from etsy.com/uk) Fabric glue Pencil Scissors Double-sided tape Pale green felt (or a colour that works with your flowers) 30cm of ric rac ribbon A4 piece of coloured card
1 Lay a piece of fabric right-side down on a sheet of newspaper. Using the paintbrush, cover the back of the fabric in a thin layer of fray-stop glue. Remove from the newspaper and leave to dry. Repeat with several pieces of fabric.
2 Place a piece of (dry) fabric on top of a piece of millboard or cardboard, with a cutting mat (facing right-side down) underneath. Position the punch flower-side down onto the fabric and carefully tap the top several times with the hammer, holding the punch steadily around the middle. Cut out several flowers. You may want to try this on an offcut of fabric first to ensure you apply enough pressure. Also try folding the fabric into a concertina to cut several flowers at once.
3 Once you’ve cut enough fabric flowers, use the large needle to pierce a hole in the centre of each one and thread through a stamen. Squeeze a droplet of fabric glue onto the back of the flower to secure the stamen. Turn upside down and leave to dry. Repeat for all the flowers.
4 Draw and cut out a 17cm-wide heart shape from the millboard or cardboard. Cover one side in double-sided tape (with backing removed) and place this side onto the centre of a sheet of felt, pressing down firmly to secure in place. Draw a 3cm border around the heart onto the felt and then cut out.
5 Starting at the bottom point, cut the 3cm border of felt in 1cm intervals, from the edge of the felt to the edge of the heart. Stick double-sided tape (with backing removed) around the edge of the board heart, gently fold each felt flap over the edge of the heart and secure in place on the tape.
6 Attach the ric rac ribbon in a loop to the back of the heart with fabric glue (where the felt has been folded over) using tape. Cover this side with another heart cut from a piece of coloured card (to the same size), use fabric glue to secure in place with the ends of the ric rac ribbon in between.
7 Turn the heart over and begin to cover the front with flowers, starting at the top edge, attaching them in place with fabric glue. You may need to trim the stamens as you go. Add flowers until the front is fully covered.