Stiff interfacing (I life Stiffy from www.longcreekmills.com )
|scraps sorted by color|
Fabric scraps (and paper scraps if you like)
Fabric paint (I used Jacquard Lumiere)
Embellishments (beads, buttons, more fabric, etc.)
Jewelry findings (earring hooks, pin backs, etc.)
Sewing machine, thread, basic sewing tools
Cut a piece of stiff interfacing to a comfortable working size (I used about 8x10)
Apply the fusible web to one side, following manufacturer's instructions. Allow to cool completely and remove paper, if paper-backed.
|fused fabric base|
|free motion quilted|
Cover with parchment paper or press cloth and fuse down.
|stamped and painted|
If you have scraps of fabric with fusible already applied, you can cut them into shapes and lie on top of the piece, then fuse them down at this point.
Allow the bases to completely cool, overnight is good.
(Note, I prepped several bases, then moved on to each step with all of them, made it easier to allow for cooling/drying time, the idea for fusing the fabric came from an article in Quilting Arts magazine.)
|quilted, painted and cut into pieces|
Prep an area for painting and stamping. Choose contrasting or complementary colors and stamp designs across the base. I used the heat moldable stamps and created simple stars and swirls. You can also paint between the designs or instead of stamping. I like the Lumiere paints as they have such a rich effect.
Apply fusible to the back side of the interfacing and fuse on a single piece of fabric (or paper) for the backing. You could skip this, but it gives a more finished look to the pieces.
|finished earrings, using commercial findings|
Seal the cut edges of all the pieces with paint or glue (this is the most tedious part). Allow to dry completely.
Embellish and add findings. You can glue or sew on beads, charms, buttons, scraps of the fused materials, bits of fabric, thread, whatever you please.
Wear and have fun!