Thursday, May 6, 2010

2-Sided Flowers

I thought these would be perfect for a
May Day basket and they are very easy to make. You can use cotton material, felt, paper or just about anything that will stick to Heat-N-Bond. Heat-N-Bond is a heavy duty two sided, no sew iron on interfacing. If you try to sew though it with a sewing machine it will gum up your needle, trust me. On medium heat I ironed the Heat-N-Bond onto the back side
of two pieces of material, peeled the
backing sheet off. I had a roll of batting you use for quilts and I cut a piece off the size of my material and ironed the material onto the batting. If you let the full weight of the iron rest on the piece it will flatten the batting down so I let the iron just barely touch the material. Flip the piece over and iron the other piece on just barely touching the material. I placed an extra piece of material over the pieces while I ironed so the batting wouldn't melt and get on my iron. You need to do this for felt, it will melt and get all over your iron. I printed some sayings onto paper, cut them out, inked the edges and hot glued them on. The other is a plastic button I cut the shank off of the back and hot glued it on. I let the weight of the iron sit on one of the flowers and it was pretty flat so I gently pulled the petals apart and it was just fine. I pushed a skewer into the batting and that seemed to hold it good enough without glue. You can hand sew a circle around the center, add sparkles and paint the skewers. Now what elderly person wouldn't love getting one of these in a May Day basket?

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