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Buttons are not just for closures!
Buttons are perfect in wedding bouquets, to add a touch of sparkle to your home or to a festive table.
You don't need to know how to sew or be a fashion designer. There's nothing more versatile and enjoyable than expressing your creativity with decorative buttons.
Whether you use them for art craft projects, clothes sewing, stage costumes, or evening wear, or simply to brighten up your home decor, you'll always love playing with fancy glass or rhinestone buttons!
Whether new or vintage, large or small, simple or with extravagant and elaborate shapes, novelty buttons will always attract the attention of your friends.
Add sparkle, sheen, or vintage-inspired charm to your crafts or home decor with unique playful buttons from Zaza of Canada.
Brooches are not for old ladies!
A beautiful brooch can add that extra pop of color and texture to your favorite top, but you might have to change the way you wear it if you don't want to look like your grandma.
There are a lot of modern and fun ways to wear a brooch:
On your blazer lapels.
On your hat.
On your hair.
On a jacket collar.
Around your neckline.
Brooches are also the best accessory for fastening a cardigan or vest.
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How to Get Jackie Kennedy’s Pink Chanel Suit without Burning through your Credit Card
Embed from Getty Images How to Get Jackie Kennedy’s Pink Chanel Suit without Burning through your Credit Card A Chanel-Inspired DIY Project When it comes to stunning, high-end women’s suits – the Chanel brand is iconic. Coco Chanel first introduced her idea for a women’s suit in 1925, and over time her suits became a staple in the fashion industry. Unfortunately, getting your hands on an authentic Chanel suit might drain your wallet. So, if you can’t afford a real Chanel suit, but still want that classic two-piece set, you can flex your DIY skills a bit and make your own Chanel-inspired suit. Jackie Kennedy’s Pink Chanel Suit The suit we’re going to be talking about recreating today is an iconic piece, ingrained in U.S. history: Jackie Kennedy’s Pink Chanel Suit. This suit is a light pink set made from textured boucle fabric. It included a basic skirt with a short, double-breasted jacket with navy lapels and a double row of gold-centered buttons. While Jackie Kennedy had worn this particular suit several times before, it really became famous when she wore it on the fateful day of November 22, 1963, when her husband, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. With her husband’s blood splashed across the fabric, Jackie decided not to clean the blood from the suit, and it has become a symbol of her strength during unthinkable tragedy. How to Create a Chanel-Inspired Suit There are two methods you could use to recreate Jackie Kennedy’s iconic pink Chanel suit. The easier method would be to start with a similar suit and alter it to get it as close to the original as possible. The second method would be sewing your own lookalike suit – this is much more time consuming and requires more skill, but you have more ability to customize the suit, so can get a more similar result. How to Create a Chanel-Inspired Suit from a Thrifted Suit Let’s start with the easier method. If you don’t have much experience with sewing, or just don’t want to spend weeks sewing one suit, this is the section for you! Find a suit as a base for your Chanel-inspired DIY First, find a suit in a similar fabric and color. If you can get one with a silhouette like the original, even better, but the sizing and tailoring can be altered, while the fabric cannot be. So, if in doubt, go with the better color and fabric texture match! To find your suit, first check out all your local thrift stores. This suit is a unique color, so you may have to go back to the thrift shops periodically for a while until you’re able to find something that will work. If the thrift shops just really aren’t coming through for you, it’s time to start looking online! You can check online secondhand clothing stores like thredUP or Depop. You can also check sites like Etsy and Ebay, they often have a great selection of vintage and thrifted items. Alter your suit to get the right silhouette Once you’ve found the suit with the perfect fabric in that gorgeous strawberry pink – it’s time to make it look more like Jackie Kennedy’s pink Chanel suit. First, print out a couple pictures of the original suit from a few different angles so that you can compare the fit of your suit to Jackie Kennedy’s suit. As you compare, make a list of the items that need adjusted. For example, does the suit jacket need shortened? Maybe the skirt needs some volume taken out? Whatever it is, make a list – but remember to keep it achievable with your skill level. If you’re not very experienced with sewing, try to stick with simple alterations. Here is a helpful guide to some common alterations for suit jackets. Add the Chanel-inspired buttons Finally, you can’t have your Chanel-inspired pink suit without some fancy lookalike buttons! Remove the existing buttons from the suit with a seam ripper or thread snips. Next, sew on some Chanel-inspired buttons to the same locations you just removed the old ones from. We have a few great options for Chanel-inspired buttons here! How to Sew a Chanel Inspired Suit If you want to get a more similar look to the original pink Chanel suit, the best option is to sew the suit yourself. If you’ve never made a suit before, this may sound overwhelming – and I have to admit, sewing a suit is technical and time-consuming. However, if you take it slow and complete each step carefully, it is achievable, even for an intermediate (or very advanced beginner) sewer. Sewing patterns to make a Chanel-inspired suit First, you’ll have to choose a sewing pattern. Try to choose one that is as similar as possible to the original, but remember that since you’re sewing it yourself, you can alter the fit and style of the pattern before sewing. You may need to find a vintage pattern to get a similar style of suit set, or you could choose one pattern for the jacket and another for the skirt. Fabrics to make a Chanel-inspired suit You’ll also need to find a similar fabric to create your suit (and don’t forget to also purchase a lining fabric and interfacing). Here are a few great fabric options to get you started in your fabric-hunt: Pink boucle wool/poly blend Pink wool Harris tweed Metallic pink tweed Pink silk tweed Sew your Chanel-inspired suit (and don’t forget the buttons!) Finally, sew up your beautiful Chanel-inspired pink suit! Take it slow, savor the process, and of course, don’t forget the buttons! We have some gorgeous Chanel-inspired buttons for your new suit here. Real Chanel Buttons vs Fake Chanel Buttons vs Chanel-Inspired Buttons We’ve got one more thing we need to discuss before you go out and create your wonderfully iconic Chanel-inspired pink suit – let’s talk buttons. It’s important to remember that the buttons we sell are Chanel-inspired, not real Chanel, and not fake Chanel. If you’re looking to use authentic Chanel buttons on your suit, keep in mind that you will be paying for it! Coco Chanel never made buttons to sell individually, all of her buttons were made specifically for the garments she sold in her fashion line. So, authentic buttons are rare (and expensive) since they were all removed from real Chanel garments to be resold. Here is a great resource for recognizing authentic Chanel buttons. Embed from Getty Images
How to Sew on a Button with a Shank
How to Sew on a Button with a Shank Buttons can add a lot to a garment, accessory, jewelry, or even a home décor piece. A uniquely shaped button can give an offbeat feel to your outfit. A brightly colored button can bring some fun and a cheerful look. Fancy buttons like diamante buttons will give your clothing a sophisticated flair. Whether you’re looking to sew your own clothing, replace the buttons on an existing garment, or bling out your home décor, we’ll take you through everything you need to know about shank buttons – what they are, ideas for using them, and the easy steps to attach them. Types of buttons If you’re new to the sewing and DIY world, you may be thinking, “What the heck is a shank button anyways? And does this mean there are hundreds of different kinds of buttons that I’ve never heard of?” Have no fear – we’ll go through the types of buttons, and don’t worry, there aren’t hundreds. What types of buttons are there? These 5 types of buttons are the most common that you will find on the market (and on your clothes): flat buttons: these are your standard button with two, three, or four holes that are sewn through to attach the button. shank buttons: these buttons have a little metal loop on the back that can be sewn through to attach the button. snap buttons: these have two sides that snap together to close rather than utilizing traditional buttonholes. stud buttons: these are the sturdy buttons you’ll find on your jeans. They are attached through a stud that pierces the fabric and is attached to a metal fastener. toggle buttons: these are funky shaped elongated buttons with two holes that are used to attach them. They are often found on fancy coats. In this article, we will be focusing on shank buttons – which is one of the most common types for fancy buttons. Let’s dig a little deeper into shank buttons. What is a shank button? A shank button is one that has a metal loop, or shank, on the back to attach the button to the fabric. This allows for better use of the surface of the button for a fun or fancy design without dealing with holes like in a standard flat button. This is the type of button most often used for fancy buttons with unique shapes or designs. Which kind of button is easiest to sew? In my experience, shank buttons are the easiest to sew when you’re already planning on hand sewing your buttons on. The biggest benefit of flat buttons is that they can be attached with a sewing machine, while shank buttons must be hand sewn. How to Use Fancy Buttons Before we jump into the nitty gritty of how to actually sew shank buttons onto your project – let’s get the creative juices flowing with a few project ideas for fancy buttons. Project ideas for fancy buttons replacing the buttons on a shirt or cardigan decorating a clutch giving some tall boot socks a little pizzazz spicing up your necklaces and other jewelry embellishing a fancy hat giving your throw pillows a sophisticated look sewing your own buttoned garments – shirts, coats, cardigans, dresses, skirts, and more How to choose the perfect fancy buttons for your project Choosing the perfect fancy buttons for your project is so much fun, but can be overwhelming. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you shop: the size of the buttons: if you’re replacing buttons on an existing garment, you’ll need to make sure to purchase buttons in the right size. If you don’t, they won’t fit through the buttonholes! That would be a real shame and a waste of money! the shape of the buttons: some of the more oddly shaped buttons (the ones that aren’t a plain old circle) may not fit well through buttonholes. They would be the perfect choice for accessorizing a clutch or your home décor though! the color and style of the buttons: of course, you’ll want to choose buttons that coordinate well with the item you’re planning on attaching them to! How to Sew on a Button with a Shank Time for the details – how to easily sew on a button with a shank. Steps to sew on a button with a shank Mark the button placement. Thread a needle with a double layer of thread and knot the end. . Push the needle up through the fabric. Thread the needle through the shank. Push the needle back down through the fabric. Pull it tight so the button is taut to the fabric. Repeat this process 2 or 3 more times. Cut the thread to separate it into two tails. Knot the thread tails – I like to use a triple square knot for top notch security (that button won’t go anywhere!). Trim your thread tails short. Your shank button is now attached, enjoy your project!
How to make unique evening clutches with diamante buttons
How to make unique evening clutches with diamante buttons Are you in need of some sparkle in your style? Accessories like clutch purses are the perfect way to incorporate some glittery crystals into your wardrobe without going over-the-top with an extravagant, look-at-me outfit. It’s also the perfect sophisticated touch to an elegant evening look that will allow you to carry around all your must-have items in style. Unfortunately, those high-end, crystal-embellished clutches are expensive! I mean, take a look at this peacock-design, jewel-encrusted clutch – it’s absolutely gorgeous! But the price tag is over $300… that’s a commitment you may not be ready to take on! Fortunately, you can DIY your very own sparkly evening clutch by embellishing a basic clutch purse with diamante buttons. What are diamante buttons? Diamante buttons and glitter buttons are ornate, elegant buttons made with faceted faux jewels. They are often made with intricate metal designs that are encrusted with high-quality glass or crystal jewels. These sophisticated buttons can be used to add a stylish, high-end look to your wardrobe, such as making your own evening clutch! We have a great selection of diamante buttons for all your sewing and DIY needs! What sizes and types of glitter buttons are there? Glitter buttons come in just about any size and shape you could want! There are massive, intricately designed, jewel-encrusted buttons like these. Or elegant, uniquely shaped buttons like these apple buttons or these bee-shaped buttons. You can also find many options for smaller diamante buttons if you want a more subtle embellishment. You can find a range of different types of glitter buttons – they can be made from glass, crystal, or rhinestones. These buttons also come in the form of standard sew-on buttons or snap buttons. How to choose the perfect glitter buttons for your project When choosing glitter buttons for your project, you will want to keep in mind the quality of the buttons, the look you are going for, and your budget. button quality: When shopping for diamante buttons for your project, remember that the quality can range quite a bit. Higher quality crystal and glass buttons will look more realistic and elegant. So, if you can afford it, try to find well-made glitter buttons, and avoid the cheaper options. the look you are going for: You can find a large selection of colors, sizes, and shapes of glitter buttons on the market. Try to choose colors that complement each other and the outfit you plan to wear the buttons with. Also, if you want a quirkier look, get some statement buttons in fun shapes. your budget: We don’t like to talk about money, but you don’t want to blow your savings buying hundreds of super high-end diamante buttons! If you’re on a tight budget, create your design in a way that limits the number of buttons you need to use. For example, you could embellish a clutch with a few fancy buttons – perhaps one large statement button surrounded by a few smaller ones. How to make a clutch purse with diamante buttons? Finally, the moment you’ve been waiting for – how do you actually make your jewel-encrusted evening clutch with diamante buttons? It’s actually pretty simple if you follow these easy steps: Look for inspiration Draw out your design Find a basic clutch in a shape you like Find the right diamante buttons to bring your design to life Play with the button placement on the clutch and mark where you want them placed Sew or glue your glitter buttons onto the clutch Step One: look for inspiration First, look through Google, Pinterest, and Instagram to find some inspiration photos of the type of jewel-encrusted clutch you want to make. Pay attention to the shape of clutch that you like, the size and density of the jewel design, and the colors you are drawn to. Step Two: draw out your design With your inspiration photos nearby, grab a piece of paper and a sketch book and draw out roughly how you want your design to look. It doesn’t have to be pretty, it’s just something to have on hand as you look for your supplies! Step Three: find a basic clutch in a shape you like Once you have an idea of what you want your clutch to look like, it’s time to start shopping! Find a basic clutch in a color and shape that fits the design you have in mind. Step Four: find the right diamante buttons to bring your design to life Once you’ve found the perfect clutch, you also need to find the diamante buttons that will bring that whole thing together. With your sketch close by, find some buttons that will complement each other and the clutch as a whole. Check out our selection of diamante buttons here. Step Five: play with the button placement on the clutch and mark it out Once you have both your clutch and buttons ready to go – start experimenting with the placement of the buttons on the clutch by moving them around until it matches your vision. Once you’re happy with how it looks, mark the placement of the center of each button with a pencil. Step Six: sew or glue your glitter buttons onto the clutch Finally, simply sew or glue your buttons onto their corresponding pencil marks. If the clutch is fabric, you can sew the buttons on with a hand sewing needle. However, if the clutch is a hard-sided purse, you will need to glue the buttons on with a couple dots of glue from a glue gun. You are now ready to hit the town with your elegant, sparkly, evening clutch!
How to Refashion a Grandma Dress
How to Refashion a Grandma Dress [And Make it Sparkle with Rhinestone Buttons] Do you have an ancient, out-of-fashion dress sitting in the back of your closet that never sees the light of day? Or maybe you’re just feeling creative and want to take on the challenge of giving a thrifted dress new life? Today I’ll show you how to refashion an outdated “grandma” dress – and don’t worry, we won’t forget the sparkle! What you’ll need A dress to refashion: shop your closet or hit the thrift stores! Basic sewing supplies: sewing machine, needle, thread, scissors Gorgeous rhinestone buttons Steps Evaluate the fit of your dress If changes need to be made, make some simple alterations Add the glitz and glam – sew on your buttons Step One First, try on your dress and evaluate the fit. Does it fit well? Is the style from another decade entirely? Decide what changes need to be made. Perhaps the dress is too big, or it has old-fashioned elements that just need to be changed. Make a list of what you want to change – or sketch it out! Just be realistic and remember that you can’t add fabric, so don’t plan on making it longer, bigger, or adding some over-the-top voluminous sleeves – unless you cut fabric from another part of the dress (like the hem), you won’t be able to add many design details. Step Two If the dress is too big, put it on inside out and pin the side seams in until it fits the way you like. Take the dress off and mark in where the new side seams will be along your pins. You’ll also want to adjust your markings so that it will be even on both sides. I usually draw in one side, then fold the dress in half and transfer the markings to the other side. Sew along your lines to make the new side seams. Trim away the excess fabric, give it a good pressing with your iron, and your dress should now fit! If the style of the dress is just so outdated you wouldn’t be caught dead in it, you can make some simple changes to bring it into modern times. For example, if it has shoulder pads – you’ll probably want to remove those ASAP with a seam ripper. Or maybe it’s floor length and you’re not a maxi-dress fan? You can chop it off (just make sure you chop it straight and evenly!) and fold up a new hem. Step Three Finally, the step you’ve been waiting for! It’s time for the glitz, the glam, the sparkle! Rhinestone buttons can add some real pizazz to your new refashioned dress! If the dress already has buttons, you can cut them off (carefully!) and replace them with your new fancy buttons. Or you can add them in as a design detail! You could sew them in a line down the front - think a faux button-up look - or you could add them along the princess seam lines or around the waist. The buttons are easier to attach than you may think – you don’t need a master’s degree in fashion design to sew on some gorgeous buttons! Simply mark where you want to place them, then sew them on with a couple loops of thread using a hand-sewing needle.
How to Make a Brooch Bouquet with a Styrofoam Ball
How to Make a Brooch Bouquet with a Styrofoam Ball A beautiful brooch bouquet is a fun way to personalize your wedding décor. Whether you’re making it for just yourself, or for all your bridesmaids – brooch bouquets are a stylish way to nix the standard floral arrangements and make something you (and your bridesmaids) can cherish forever! What you’ll need 8-inch foam half ball (or whatever size you want to make your bouquet) wooden dowel for the handle ribbon and/or lace to wrap the handle knife pen or pencil hot glue gun and glue brooches, silk flowers, pearls, feathers, and any other decorations you want included floral wire (24 or 26 gauge) Steps to Make a Beautiful Brooch Bouquet Attach the handle Decorate the handle and base of the bouquet Prepare the decorations Fill in your bouquet with beautiful brooches, flowers, and more Step One: attach the handle First, place one end of your wooden dowel against the center of the flat side of your foam half ball and trace around it with a pen or pencil. Take your knife and cut out a hole in the foam about 2-3 inches deep using the traced dowel-sized circle as your guide for the width. Check to make sure your dowel will fit into the hole – you don’t want to start gluing until you’ve double checked! Next, spread hot glue into the hole and on one end of the dowel. Glue the dowel into the hole. You’ve got a handle! Step Two: decorate the handle and base of the bouquet To give your handle some pizzaz, wrap ribbon around it to cover that unsightly wood – make sure to glue it in place as you go. You can also decorate your dowel with some beautiful lace if you want to! You’ll also want to cover the flat base of the foam ball with some cute decorations to make it look more put together. You could glue a feather boa around the base or decorate the bottom of the foam with folded over pieces of ribbon. Step Three: prepare the decorations The flowers and bling now need to be prepared so they can be put into your bouquet arrangement. Cut the stalks of your silk flowers to 3-4 inches long. For the brooches, prepare pieces of floral wire about 5 inches long. Fold one end of each piece of wire into a little loop (about ½ inch across) and fold the loop down 90 degrees to make a flat wire “table” for the brooch to sit on. Glue the flat looped end of each wire to the underside of a brooch to form a whole pile of brooches with stems. Step Four: fill in your bouquet with beautiful brooches, flowers, and more Now that the basis for your one-of-a-kind bouquet is in place and ready to go – the real creativity can start! Simply arrange your flower and brooch stems across the surface of the styrofoam ball, inserting the wire into the foam to secure each piece to the bouquet. You can also add a little dot of glue to the end of each wire to make absolutely sure you won’t have any bouquet disasters on your big day – you don’t want any pieces falling out of your stunning brooch arrangement on your way up the aisle! You can arrange your bouquet however you like, just let your creativity flow! One way to arrange a brooch bouquet that looks really beautiful is to cover the entire surface of the foam half ball with flowers, then go back in with the brooches and add them on top of the flowers to fill in any gaps and add some bling. You can also add in other decorations, such as faux pearl necklaces draped and pinned across the bouquet or even feathers to add fullness. However you arrange your bouquet is perfect – enjoy creating your unique, personalized brooch bouquet!
Where to buy embroidered fabric online in the USA
As I live on an island, it's sometimes hard to find what I need to satisfy my little head that's about to explode with all my increasingly creative ideas. You know the feeling, don't you? There is this little fabric shop in Victoria, The Cloth Castle, which I love, but when it comes to real embroidered fabrics worthy of a Bollywood star, I often have to look on American sites. This list of sites is not exhaustive but it is meant to help you if you are looking for new inspiration. Here, the best places to buy embroidered fabric online in the USA: The Mood Fabrics B&J Fabrics Fabric.com Decorative Fabrics Direct Mahone's Denverfabrics.com Wayfair.com The Mood Fabrics Store in New York City and Los Angeles: Mood Fabrics offers a wide selection of high-quality floral embroidered fabrics, mesh, tulle, and designer apparel fabrics. If you’ve ever watched Project Runway, you’ve seen the New York Mood store – that’s where the designers shop for most of their fabrics on the show! If you’re looking for high-end fabrics to bring all your crazy visions to life, Mood is the place to go! B&J Fabrics in New York: You’ll find a lovely selection of apparel and home décor fabrics at B&J, including cotton pique and voile embroidery fabric. Their fabrics are luxurious – I mean, check out this embroidered silk dupioni – wouldn’t a dress made from this fabric be just stunning? fabric.com, based in Georgia: A subsidiary of Amazon, fabric.com has a massive catalog of fabrics to choose from. Whatever project is on your mind, you’ll be able to find something at fabric.com to make it a reality. They offer some wonderful, embroidered organza, canvas, lace, woven voile, and more. Decorative Fabrics Direct in Georgia: Need some fancy, embroidered drapes to make your home into a palace? Decorative Fabrics Direct has just what you need! You can find some awesome embroidered drapery fabrics for home decoration. From vintage-style floral embroidery to adorable blue fish, your home will be looking snazzy with some new drapes! Mahone’s in Virginia: Need something a little more offbeat and fun? Mahone’s has a cool collection of fabrics with animal and geometric style embroidery. They even have some adorable lobster embroidery fabric – doesn’t everyone need lobster fabric? Most of their textiles are focused on home décor applications, so it’s a great source for drapery and upholstery fabrics. Denver fabrics in Missouri: Denver fabrics, ironically based in St. Louis, Missouri, not Denver, is a great source if you’ve got something fancy in mind! They offer a wonderful selection of colorful, embroidered tulle fabrics – perfect for that nice holiday dress or maybe a unique, handmade wedding gown! Wayfair.com in Boston, Massachusetts: Wayfair is a one-stop shop for home décor – both already made items and a wide collection of botanical inspired fabrics for home decor. If your vibe is a little boho chic and you love nature-themed textiles, you’ll find some great options at Wayfair. I mean, isn’t this embroidered leaf fabric just gorgeous? Blue Moon Fabrics in Los Angeles: An awesome source for high-end fabrics at affordable prices, Blue Moon has a massive selection of garment fabrics to choose from! They’ve got some gorgeous, fancy, embroidered mesh fabrics – perfect for an ultra-chic gown or some flashy dancewear. Fabrics & Fabrics in New York: Looking for luxury fabrics to make all your sewing dreams come true? Fabrics & Fabrics has a great range of high-quality fabrics perfect for designers and ambitious home-sewers. I mean, just take a look at this floral-embroidered suiting fabric - talk about unique and unexpected, but gorgeous! Ready to bring your fashionable creations to life with some awesome embroidered fabric? Don’t forget that embroidery goes perfectly with fancy buttons!
How to Make a Button Bouquet
How to Make a Button Bouquet If a traditional wedding with all those beautiful flowers that will wilt and die within weeks isn’t your thing – try making a button bouquet! Not only is it gorgeous and just a little bit funky, but your bouquet will last forever! You’ll always have it as a keepsake from your wedding day, and it’s a great home décor piece. You’ll never have to buy flowers again since you’ve got buttons! Read on for how to make your personalized, unconventional button bouquet; but first here’s what you’ll need! What you’ll need Buttons… duh! Any other elements you want included: brooches, feathers, beads, etc. 22 or 24 gauge wire Floral tape Wide ribbon (for wrapping the base) Now let’s get into the DIYing! Step One First, gather up the buttons you want to use for your bouquet and lay them out on your table (or floor). I recommend choosing buttons in a large range of different sizes. The more varied sizes and shapes you have, the more off-beat and quirky your bouquet will look. Including 2 or 3 “statement” buttons will add visual interest – for example, a super-sized button in the shape of something meaningful to you – or just in a color you love! Step Two Cut your first piece of wire. A piece about 2 feet long will work great for a standard sized bouquet – if you want an adorable mini-sized one, go ahead and cut your wire shorter. Next, fold the piece of wire in half. Thread your first button onto the wire by pushing the ends of the wire through the holes of the button and pushing the button up to the folded end of the wire. To add more detail and depth, try stacking multiple buttons onto a single wire by threading smaller buttons first, followed by larger buttons. Once you’re happy with your very first “stem” - twist the ends of the wire together all the way up to the buttons to secure them in place. Step Three Repeat that process over and over… and over… and over… and over… and over again until you have all your stems formed. For a large bouquet, you’ll likely need over 100 stems! Step Four Once all your stems are ready and looking good, arrange them so that you like the layout of the buttons. Try to vary the button sizes across your bouquet rather than grouping large buttons together and small buttons together. Once you like how it’s arranged, twist all the ends of your wires together to hold everything in place and form your handle. Step Five Bend the wires to arrange the buttons in a nice circular shape – just mess with it until you’re happy with how it looks! You can also add in feathers or other decorative elements at this point. Then wrap your wire handle with a thick layer of floral tape to make sure nothing will move and your hands will be protected from any wire ends. Step Six Finally, we’re almost done! Whew, that was hours… maybe days… of work! To finish off your bouquet, wrap the handle with ribbon and/or lace to decorate it and hide that wonky-looking floral tape. Enjoy your funky, unique bouquet – and the compliments that come with it!
How to Make a Button Doll
Easy Button Craft: How to Make a Button Doll If you need a way to use up the massive collection of buttons cluttering up your sewing room, or you just love adorable, simple crafts – this button doll tutorial is for you! What you need buttons 22 or 24 gauge wire larger wooden bead for the head 4 smaller wooden beads for the hands and feet How to Make a Button Doll First, sort your buttons to decide which ones you want to use; it’s best to pick buttons that are relatively similar in size for the legs and arms, plus some slightly larger ones for the torso. You can also sort by color and choose one color (blue, perhaps) for the legs so that it will look like jeans and another color for the torso. You can be creative with it – it’s your doll! Next, cut two pieces of wire about 2 feet long and fold each one in half. Thread one of the smaller wooden beads onto each wire – these are your doll’s feet! Next, stack the buttons you want to use for your doll’s pants onto each of the two wires until you have two legs that are the same length. You can decide how long you want the legs to be! Then thread several slightly larger buttons through all four wire ends together to form the torso of the doll and connect the legs. Once you’ve made it to where you want the arms to be, split the four ends of the wires so that one end goes right, one goes left, and the other two go straight up. Thread the right and left wires with buttons to form the arms, finishing each off with a small wooden bead. Secure each arm wire by wrapping it over the bead and around the wire below the bead. Trim away any excess wire from the ends of the arms. Next, complete the torso of your doll by threading the two remaining wire ends with a couple buttons to form the neck. You’ve now got an almost-completed, headless doll - top it off with the large wooden bead! Once again, secure the ends of your wire by wrapping them down over the bead and around the wire below. Trim away any excess wire and your adorable button doll is done! Little Girl Dancing This doll was made by a very special lady and talented artist, harpist and vocalist Mair Rathburn.
How to Embellish a Faux Leather Jacket with Buttons
How to Embellish a Faux Leather Jacket with Buttons Is this the year you want to take your winter wardrobe up a notch and not spend all winter bundled up in a puffer jacket? It might be time for a one-of-a-kind, fashionable faux leather jacket that will take any outfit from boring to chic in two seconds flat! But we’re not talking just any faux leather jacket – we’re talking vintage Christian Lacroix… well, Christian Lacroix inspired. But without the price tag – so you won’t be in debt and eating ramen for the rest of your life. To create your beautiful vintage designer inspired jacket, all you need to do is find a good basic faux leather jacket and add some gorgeous, bold buttons. It’s the perfect beginner DIYer’s project – you don’t need years of sewing experience to create a stylish embellished faux leather jacket! Choose the perfect jacket Before you get into embellishing – you’ll first need to find the perfect jacket! Look for a good basic jacket that fits well and doesn’t have a bunch of studs, zippers, or other hardware already on it. If you really want to get the vintage Christian Lacroix look – try to find a close-fitting jacket with a large, notched lapel. Even better if you’re able to find a two-tone faux leather coat! I would highly recommend checking out your local thrift shops when looking for your jacket – a couple of my favorite thrift stores here in Victoria are The Patch Clothing and Victoria Women in Need Co-op. You can often find a range of awesome faux leather coats at super affordable prices. Also, don’t forget to check the men’s section – it’s usually cheaper and there are typically more leather jackets to choose from than in the women’s section! Choose the perfect buttons There are tons of great choices out there when it comes to the perfect buttons for your project! If you want something similar to the buttons on the Christian Lacroix vintage jacket, look for super-sized square buttons. These square, retro buttons would look great on a faux leather jacket! Just remember that with the buttons – you’re free to choose whatever style of buttons your heart desires! It’s your jacket – the more unique, the better! Embellish your jacket Now the fun really begins – it’s time to bling-out your jacket! Start by marking where each button will be placed with some chalk. Chalk will wipe right off faux leather when you’re done, so you don’t have to worry about staining your jacket! You can arrange the buttons in any design you like – a row down the front of each sleeve like the Christian Lacroix jacket, buttons arranged along the princess seams, or an embellished collar are all fun ideas to get your imagination rolling! Once you’ve made your markings, all you need to do is grab a hand sewing needle and some thread and sew one button on each mark. To sew on a button: Put a double layer of thread on your needle and knot one end. Push the needle through the fabric from the inside to the outside and pull taut until the knot is against the inside of jacket. String the button onto the thread, then push the needle down through the fabric underneath the button. Repeat 3 to 4 times to really secure the button, then tie off and trim your thread tails. If your button is one that has 4 holes (instead of 2 holes or a shank on the back), you’ll want to crisscross the threads so that it creates an “X” across the four holes. After all your buttons are sewn on – rock your new embellished faux leather jacket!
Spice Up a Tam Hat with Vintage Buttons
Looking for the perfect slouchy hat to top off your winter outfits? Look no further than the tam hat! A good tam will round out your cold-weather wardrobe – plus, they’re fit for royalty! Tam hats are a classic and have been photographed on Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana.
Gift Ideas for Sewers
Gift Ideas for Sewers With the holidays coming up, it’s time to start thinking about gifts! Do you have a wonderful sewer in your life who deserves the perfect sewing related gift? But you just have no idea what kind of gift a sewist would really appreciate? Today we are bringing you some awesome gift ideas that any sewer would love! Personalized Gifts A sewing themed gift customized with your sewer’s name would be such a thoughtful item to give that they will be able to cherish for many years! Some great ideas - a personalized sign for their sewing room, custom clothing labels, or a cute sewing mug like this one. Scrolling through Etsy for customizable sewing themed gifts will give you a ton of adorable, affordable options. Sewing Tools If your sewist has been sewing for any length of time, they probably have just about all the tools they need. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get them sewing tools! Going for tools with a unique twist will be sure to get your sewer excited – because more than likely the ones they already have are more basic tools that you would find at a craft store. One option is to find a tool with a fun design that will bring joy to their sewing life every time they use it. This charming little pincushion in the shape of a sewing machine will make any sewing room just a little bit happier. If your sewer isn’t someone who’s into cute things – but seriously, isn’t everyone into cute things? – you can take a more sophisticated route. Check out Etsy and eBay for vintage sewing supplies – a set of unique, vintage sewing tools will bring a classic, retro vibe to their sewing room decor! This set of small sewing tools from the 1900s would look great displayed in a sewing room – especially if your sewer owns a vintage sewing machine. Notions One of the most useful gifts you could get your sewer would be sewing notions! Things like thread, buttons, and zippers are all items that get used up – so getting notions as a gift may save your sewist from a trip to the craft store! A variety pack of different colors of all-purpose thread would be a very useful gift. Sewers usually match their thread color to each project, so having a nice selection of colors to choose from already on hand will help them get started quickly on new projects. Plus, they’ll think of you every time they don’t have to run to the store just to buy thread! Buttons would be another great gift for that sewer in your life! When choosing the perfect buttons to gift your sewist, think about choosing buttons that are a little more special than just a basic, circular button. Often, sewers won’t spoil themselves with fancy, unique buttons – so it’s the perfect opportunity for you to spoil them! These pearl flower buttons or these cool would bring a unique look to their handmade clothes that they’re sure to love! You can find buttons to fit almost any style, whether it be cutesy, elegant, laid-back, or anything in between! Hopefully you’ve got some great ideas for the perfect gift for the sewing-fiend in your life!
How to Make Boho Bracelets
Express your creativity and gypsy style by making your own personalized boho bracelets! Making your own bracelets is simple, quick, and fun – and there are so many options for creating unique and beautiful bohemian bracelets. Try mixing and matching different textures and earthy tones to create bracelets you can layer. Including nature-inspired elements in your bracelets will add to the effortless, boho look. Now it’s time make your bracelet unique to your style!