We’re getting there! Just a few pages left and today’s spread is a quick one!
Picking flowers makes me happy and this quiet book activity is no different. For this page, you will need:
6 snaps (the kits include size 15 snaps), felt for flowers, green fabric scrap for grass, fabric scrap for vase, lightweight fusible web, ultrahold fusible web
First, apply Heat’n’Bond ultrahold fusible web (the small piece of web in your kit) to a small scrap of green fabric. Sketch blades of grass in a variety of sizes and thicknesses. Cut them out.
Apply lightweight fusible web to a scrap of fabric for the vase. Trace or draw the vase and cut it out.
Iron down the blades of grass on one side of background fabric and iron down the vase on the other side. Be sure you leave enough room for the flowers above the grass and vase (and 1/4-1/2″ seams on the sides).
Now zigzag stitch around the vase. You don’t need to stitch around the grass.
Now, you need to make your flowers. I used a Sizzix to cut my flowers, which works beautifully with felt. You can make yoyos, rolled fabric flowers, stacked felt circle flowers, whatever you like. You’ll just need to be able to attach a snap to it somehow. For kit users, I intermixed the three flower colors, so do that now if you like. Next, we’re going to put snaps on the flowers. Since the prongs for the snap piece aren’t real deep, you can only put them through two layers of felt.
From the top of the flower, press in the pronged piece. Use an eraser to poke from the bottomside until the prongs are all the way through. Set the other snap half (I used the male side on the flowers and the female side on the pages, but I don’t think it should matter, just be consistent) over the prongs. Using a snap tool, hammer and set the snap. If you don’t have a snap tool (get one!!!), you can supposedly place a spool of thread over the male end of the snap and hammer the spool. Check to be sure the snap is secure. Use hot glue to attach the smallest two flower layers over the top of the snap back. Repeat for three flowers.
Next, attach the opposite snap onto the background fabric. Mark your spots ahead of time and lay out your flowers so they all have enough room (again, remember to leave 1/4-1/2″ on the sides for seam allowances). So that the snap has more support on the background page and to prevent it from tearing out, I cut two small squares of scrap fabric (approximately 1/2″ by 1/2″ and placed them behind the background fabric under each snap. Does that make sense. So that each snap goes through three layers of fabric (two scraps + background fabric). Since you already have your batting cut, you could probably just layer your background fabric and batting and put the snaps through that if you want.
Any questions on the snaps? If you’re new to snaps and have more detailed questions, let me know.