Crafting with buttons
Crafty ways to use buttons for gifts
This year, we drew names in our Quilt Guild for Secret Sisters. My secret sister has very specific requests. She loves pink, buttons, quilting and knitting. She has stated that she doesn't need any more yarn. What do I get her? Or better yet, what can I make that would knock her socks off.
Buttons are versatile and can be made into anything. Searching the Internet, I was inspired and amazed at the creative use of buttons. Here are just a few ideas.
I have created a button cross for my secret sister. There are other ideas shown here and I don't know how to do them but I am a crafter, I can figure it out.
Unless otherwise identified by a link, all the photos are mine. Please be kind, I am not a professional.
My inspiration - Clicking on the link below will take you to the site and the tutorial.
My secret sister made it clear that if her secret sister were to buy anything, she would love more crosses for her wall art. Since I happened to be sitting next to her when she made the remark, she made it super easy for me. I don't have to decide what to get her, only what medium the crosses will be.
Why not do a cross in pink buttons? Her tutorial became my inspiration.
Found a free template on the Internet
I have no imagination when it comes to designs so I find what I need with a search. I found the pattern in Free Wood Puzzles. They have some amazing designs.
Drawing the pattern on the fabric
I tossed around several ideas and finally decided to draw it on the fabric with a pencil. Since the intention is to place the buttons directly over the lines, what I draw will not show. I cut the fabric slightly larger than the frame size so I have some room to adjust.
The buttons don't have to be pink. It's just my preference.
Amazon has lots of pink buttons, eBay has much more. I already had a stash but couldn't resist buying more. After all, there is no such thing as too many pink buttons.
Playing with the buttons - Which ones do I use?
Again, this is a task that is hard for me. I just can't grab a button and sew it on. I need to plan it out although it may not end up that way so I am playing with the buttons to see where I think they should go. Now that I have the basic framework, it's time to pull out the embroidery hoop and start the process. I gave some thought to gluing them on but decided that they needed to be sewn on. Now the work really begins.
Framing the button cross
This is something I had to think through.
I put the cross into the frame to see how it would work. This is where I noticed that the shank buttons tend to move around. That is not what I want them to do. The solution was to get the hot glue gun and make their position more permanent.
What do I do with all the extra fabric on the back. Again, I want the fabric to cover the backing without looking cheap and shabby. My husband suggested that I use spray glue to attach the whole piece. When it was dry, I trimmed it with the scissors. I do love the spray glue and Elmer’s works great.
This is the one I bought. I got the white frame to go with the cream linen fabric and the pink buttons. The inspiration photo shows the art without a glass cover. We live in an area with lots of open fields and dust. Button art without some sort of cover would make it difficult to care for. I decided that a shadow box would be the next best thing. Since I also added buttons on top of the bottom row, a regular glass frame was not going to work. The shadow box is only slightly larger than the design. I don't want a lot of extra space to detract from the cross.
Back of frame, ready to trim
Spray adhesive made attaching the fabric to the frame so much easier. I had not used it before but now, I find it is useful for many of my projects. Seems I have been doing things the hard way.
Looks nice with my angels but I had to give it away
Not content to leave well enough alone
I bought lots of buttons. I tend to go overboard when I start a new craft so I wondered what else I could make. I found lots of great ideas, a few of my favorites are below.
How about making a bracelet?
When sewing, quilting or knitting, a tape measure is always necessary. Why not celebrate with a bracelet. Of course, this has pink buttons which makes it all the better.
- Tape measure bracelet with buttons
This was found on Pinterest. I haven't found anything else but the picture. If you know the source, please let me know in the comments. I am going to try to make this and any help would be appreciated.
- Tape Measure Bracelet
Non-tutorial as she likes to call it. I did find some help with this one and really enjoyed her blog and the semi-tutorial but as she says, anyone can do this.
Maybe a necklace to complete the ensemble
The necklace is no longer available but Kelly has many more great button gifts. Still, it's a great inspiration piece and I gave some thought to making this for my secret sister, I decided it might be too hard to give away. There are lots of ways to make necklaces but this is the ultimate.
"Kreated by Kelly" gave me her blessing to share this.
I can see this hanging on my tree and the tree of my Secret Sister
Button flowers, what a good idea - This site is not in English but crafts translate regardless of language
Button art is good for all occasions
Would you consider making button art for gifts?
Button Cookies - Click on the picture or the link below to create these treats
My secret sister love chocolate cake and I could make that for her birthday. Then, there are these button cookies which are adorable. If I am sticking to a theme for the year, this is the perfect idea.
This site is not in English either but there is enough information and pictures to help you create these adorable cookies.
Quick and Simple - I needed a gift in a hurry
Glue a few buttons to some thumb tacks and create a quick and easy gift. Add a cork board with items that will appeal to that special person and you have created a personalized gift. My Secret Sister loved this!
Even more great button crafts
- Easy Button Crafts
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