Friday, May 21, 2010

Pretty buttons to make yourself

I really felt stupid after buying some buttons at $6.00 ea.  Yes!  I paid 6 bucks ea for some really pretty buttons.  Then on arriving home and giving them another look, I found that I could have made them easily and a lot cheaper.

I thought I would show you how I made them just in case you see some and think of buying them.

First:


Grab some supplies.  Scraps of fabric and scraps of ribbons and trims.
Buy a packet of self cover buttons ($1.60 for three)


Sew two fabric scraps together like above.  Then, using the circle template found on the back of button pack, cut out a fabric circle.



Add your trims to the circles.  I glued the trims and stitched the ribbons down.  Next, do a running stitch around the outside, close to the edge.  Pretty much the same as making yo yo's.

Place your button inside the puff and draw in the puff (see button above).
Finally add the washer and press down.  I use cotton reel placed over the shank and give a light tap with a small hammer.  Voila!  Pretty buttons.


The pink button on the left and top button are the purchased buttons that cost $6 ea!  The rest cost less than $1.00 to make.

Hint:  At the stage where your about to put the washer on,  I dampen the button with water.  This helps smooth out the fabric for a neater button.

20 comments:

nima said...

wow...so nice of you to share this...i always get tempted to buy pretty cute buttons...i'm off to make few with my scrap fabric and ribbon.

Laura said...

Good Morning!
These are so cute...and too easy! Thanks for sharing...I'm always looking for new ways to "jazz" up some of my crafts.
Have a wonderful day!
Blessings,
Laura

Cyndi said...

Those are awesome buttons, Kylie! Thanks for sharing your tutorial. I've always avoided covering my own buttons for some reason...this gives me inspiration to give it a try!

XOXO,

Cyndi

Donna said...

Antmee, This is just a great tutorial! I love it! Could I share this on Tuesday with my readers at Comin' Home and on DC's Creations?

I'll just tease them with a nice picture and then tell them to come visit you for the rest. :o)

Beautiful job!! Isn't it so frustrating when you buy something that you realize you could have made? It just kills me!

djStoreRoom said...

Thats really a neat way to save some money.. Thanks for sharing...

Kristen said...

What a great idea! I love looking to see how things are made and reproduce them.

NICO Designs said...

The buttons are turned out wonderfully! I have never thought about adding ribbon so I will have to give that a try.

SoozeM said...

They are gorgeous and you make them look so easy, I have some still uncovered covered buttons so will have to give it a try :)

Beeshebags said...

Well, well, well Ms Kylie, aren't we just getting very clever....and such a money saver too.....great, well written tutorial....might have to link to it from my blog if that's ok with you chicky? Hugs Naomi

nattyj said...

These are just gorgeous, will have to give them a go - thanks for sharing you clever thing you! x

Maureen Makes It said...

Great idea, Kylie. There are so many amazing buttons you can buy, but they get pricey. Look at how fabulous your buttons are for a fraction of the cost.

Karen said...

They are really pretty Kylie.

Catherine said...

They are delicious - I want to eat them! Well, I'd pay $6 for them....
When you think of the effort you put into making them, and how long they took, and what that equates to per hour, minus costs - suddenly $6 doesn't seem so expensive for a beautiful piece of piece of artisanerie. Sure, if you can make 'em yourself it seems a bit steep, but for those who can't, they're a bargain!
Set up shop, I say!
x x x
Catherine

Vintage Girl/Marivel said...

wonderful buttons.Thanks for sharing. Have a nice day.

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Beeshebags said...

I've blogged about them now Kylie.....here's the link http://beeshebags.blogspot.com/2010/05/buttons-buttons-buttons.html. Hugs Naomi

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clare's craftroom said...

Great tutorial and gorgeous buttons , thankyou !

Mina said...

This is absolutely gorgeous and they became so unique! Thank you for sharing this clever idea!

Billie said...

Wow, these are beautiful!! I always wanted to make buttons, I didn't know it was that easy. Great tutorial, thank you for sharing.