You might wonder why I didn't just use Fray Check... well, I just can't see myself Fray Checking a gazillion flowers. I think I'd lose my mind. Either that or I wouldn't enjoy the process and creating for me always needs to be fun.
So here's my experiment:
I cut out 3 sets of layered flowers.
- First set: I didn't do anything to them. I just cut them out an ironed.
- Second set: I cut them out, sprayed extra crisp starch on them and ironed.
- Third set: I sprayed the piece of fabric with starch, ironed it, cut out the flowers, sprayed with starch again, and ironed again.
I folded the circles twice and then secured the bottom corner with a stitch.
Then I fluffed all of the flowers for 30 seconds each to see how much fraying would occur. This is how it looked after the fluffing.
The first untreated fabric frayed quite a bit. The second, once treated fabric frayed a little. And the last fabric flower held up well. I also like how it's a little stiffer and fuller than the other two. It won't hold up in the wash, but I think my starching technique will work just fine on flowers for headbands, brooches, or hair clips. I'm off to make a bunch more! :o)