I love fabric, and while I no longer spend hours over a sewing machine, I just can't resist a pretty piece of it. The best thing to do is to give in! This richly designed cotton came from Gleaners and at $1.50 for the healthy two metres, it had to be mine!
And for those of you making paper flowers, this works just as well when substituting fabric for paper.
What tricks can you get your fabric swatches to do? Email me with photos at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'll add them to this tutorial.