Recycled Fabric Flowers
Fabrics of choice
Paper wrapped wire stems
Begin with star shapes cut from your fabric of choice. My stars were wonderful vintage quilt pieces, but using an 8-point star template on your favorite fabric should work just fine (just Google "eight point star template").
You will need to cut two stars for each flower. I used contrasting colors for interest. You might want to use the same fabric for both stars, or have fun pairing various patterns and colors.
After pairing them up, I put the pairs on a paper plate and coated each side with Stiffy fabric stiffener using a sponge brush.
Once the fabric is coated with the fabric stiffener, I placed the stars up with wrong sides facing each other, that way the finished sides would be seen on both the inside and outside of the flowers.
Put the pieces in a muffin tin to dry and give them a cupped shape. I checked periodically to make sure the fabric wasn't sticking to the pan as it dried. I could have used some Pam spray to help, so keep that in mind, especially if you are going to leave it to dry overnight.
After these were dry, I punctured them in the center with an awl. Then I simply inserted a paper wrapped wire stem (purchased at JoAnn Fabrics in the floral department), with the tip bent at an angle to secure it inside the blossom. A dab of hot glue will keep the stem in place
The tips of the stars/petals curled in a flower-like manner.
The last step is hot gluing a vintage button in the center.
Maria Nerius has been designing crafts for over 20 years. She's a successful author and writer who loves to tweet (MariaNerius)and currently her work can be seen on www.FaveCrafts.com. You can follow Maria's Musing on her blog: http://marianerius.wordpress.com. Feel free to contact Maria: MNerius@cfl.rr.com.