Happy Monday, folks! (Yes, I know it's tax day, these things happen) Continuing with the tutorial, here we go...
After you've attached the wire, mix up some Elmer's glue (or similar goop) equal parts glue and water and brush it into the fabric around the shape, make sure to saturate the fabric well. Turn the piece over and repeat. I then dry the fabric with a hair dryer on a low setting, it takes a few minutes, and it's all nice and dry. You can also let the glue dry overnight, if you don't have a handy hair dryer. (a tip, try not to soak into the middle section, you can still stitch through the glued fabric, but it's easier if you don't have to do that.)
Pad the center outline, just like you did for the outer outline. (two strands of floss, worked in split stitch)
Okay, you've just finished the preparation phase of the project! Reward yourself, and go have a cookie.