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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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Can You Sew on Buttons with a Sewing Machine?
Can You Sew on Buttons with a Sewing Machine? Sewing on buttons is often the last step in a sewing project – when you just want to get that thing finished. The time-consuming step of hand sewing each button into place can be a real drag when you’re ready to show off your new project! But your trusty sewing machine can make the process of sewing on buttons easier and faster! If your sewing machine can sew a zigzag stitch and allows you to lower the feed dogs, you can sew a button on with the machine. Note that your sewing machine will only be able to attach sew-through buttons (the ones with holes in them). Unfortunately, all those fancy shank buttons in your stash will still need to be sewn on by hand. Some sewing machines have built-in automatic button-sewing stitches. So be sure to check your sewing machine manual and follow any instructions provided by the manufacturer to sew your buttons. Below, I have some general guidelines to sewing a button on with a sewing machine – but of course, don’t forget to check your manual for more detailed instructions! Tape your buttons to your project with clear scotch tape. Put the button foot on your machine if you have one. This foot helps hold the button still. Set your machine to a zigzag stitch. Use the handwheel to find the right zigzag width to sew through the 2 holes of the button. Lower the feed dogs. Sew several zigzag stitches across the holes of the button. Tie off and trim your thread tails – you’re done!
How to use fancy crystal buttons in your home décor
How to use fancy crystal buttons in your home décor What better way to up the glam factor of your home décor than to add a few sparkly details? If you want to add some glitz to your home without the price of shopping the home improvement stores, try taking on some DIY decoration projects! Why use buttons in your home décor? Buttons are the perfect addition to your DIY home décor projects! You can find buttons in tons of different styles, shapes, sizes, colors, and materials, making them extremely versatile to fit almost any vibe. Love a rustic look? Go for wooden or leather buttons in earthy tones. Are you the queen of glitz and glam? Add a selection of fancy crystal buttons for some sparkle and shine! Another great reason to use buttons in your home décor is that there are buttons priced for just about any budget. Plus, you can mix and match different types and colors of buttons to really create a unique and personalized feel in your home décor. Why not give buttons a try on more than just clothing?? Where to buy fancy crystal buttons If you’re looking for the perfect crystal buttons – or really any type of button to fit your style – there are a few places to look for beautiful buttons. First, I recommend trying your local thrift shops. You may find beautiful, unique, high-quality buttons for a fraction of the price you’d pay to buy them new. Or you may find only cheap, junky buttons – or no buttons at all! That’s the beauty of thrift shopping, you never know what you might find. If you’re not finding any good buttons to fit your vibe at your local thrift stores, it may be time to look online for your perfect buttons. We offer a huge selection of high-end, gorgeous buttons, including fancy crystal buttons (and much more)! You may also want to try your favorite sewing supply stores to find cool buttons for your DIY projects. How to choose fancy buttons for your home When choosing buttons for your home décor projects, it’s really a personal choice – you’re decorating your own home or apartment, so of course you can do whatever makes you happy! But, if you’re looking for a little guidance, here are a few of my best tips for choosing buttons: Start with a few statement buttons that you’ve fallen in love with. Pick out several stand-out buttons to be the focal point of your décor project: they could be extra-large buttons, ultra-sparkly buttons, buttons in a bright color, or buttons with a unique shape. Fill in the bulk of your project with more inexpensive, simple buttons that complement your statement buttons and help them take center stage. This is the best way to make your budget go further while still getting great results! If you’re going to use color, try to find buttons in 2-3 different complementary colors. THIS color wheel is a great way to find colors that will look great together! Home décor ideas for fancy crystal buttons Now that you know where to get your buttons and how to choose a beautiful group of buttons – you’re ready to start DIYing! Here are a few fun button-friendly DIY home décor ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Create a stunning button lampshade. You can add eclectic, colorful buttons to an existing lampshade, or remove the lampshade fabric and string crystal and glass buttons around the metal lampshade frame. Spice up a plain wall key hanger with fancy buttons. Add a beautiful button design above the hooks and glue a statement button to the end of each hook. Make a button wall hanging. Cover a canvas with fabric that fits your home décor style – think burlap for a rustic look, dark velvet for an elegant feel, or a bright color for a fun vibe. Then, sketch in a design. You can also trace off a design printed from the internet. Fill in the design with a range of complementary buttons. For example, I love the idea of a moon and stars design on velvet, filled in with sophisticated crystal buttons! Once you’ve finished your design, frame it and hang it somewhere it can be admired! Put together a gorgeous button bouquet for a “floral” display that will never wilt! For instructions on how to make your unique button bouquet, check out this tutorial. And don’t worry, button bouquets don’t have to be limited to weddings! Make a cool, one-of-a-kind button wind chime to decorate your porch or balcony (or hang it on display inside your home!). Simply string a mix of beautiful buttons from a canning lid or metal frame.
How to Make Wedding Door Wreaths with Shell Buttons
How to Make Wedding Door Wreaths with Shell Buttons Including a few DIY pieces in your wedding décor is one of the best ways to give your wedding a more personal feel. You may not think to decorate with buttons, but they can be used in unique ways that add character and fun to your wedding décor! What are shell buttons? Shell buttons, just as the name implies, are buttons made from shells – usually from the inside of shells. They can be made from many different types of shells. You can find the right shell button for your vibe – they come in shades of pink, gray, tan, black, and iridescent pearly white. Supplies to make a wedding wreath with shell buttons grapevine wreath base wide ribbon shell buttons faux flowers floral wire hot glue wire cutters How to make a wedding wreath with shell buttons To make your beautifully unique shell button wedding wreath, start with a ready-made grapevine wreath base. Next, wrap wide ribbon matching your wedding colors around the grapevine wreath, gluing it in place as you wrap. Make sure not to wrap it too densely – you still want to be able to see a lot of the grapevine when you’re done. Now for the fun part! Add faux flowers into the wreath by tucking their wire stems into the grapevines and gluing them in place. Accent the flowers with a range of shell buttons. To attach a button, thread floral wire through the holes in the button, then wrap the ends of the wire into the wreath to hold the button in place. Secure it with hot glue. Continue adding buttons and flowers until you’re happy with your new, personalized wedding wreath!
How to Make Chanel Inspired Clothing with Flower Buttons
How to Make Chanel Inspired Clothing with Flower Buttons (and without breaking the bank) Chanel is a brand that, still today, embodies what it means to have a sophisticated, effortless elegance. Coco Chanel transformed the way women dress with her classic, timeless designs. Even vintage Chanel pieces are still perfectly in style and fashionable today – what a feat in today’s climate of trends and disposable, fast fashion! Unfortunately, stocking your closet with oh-so-elegant Chanel clothing just might max out your credit card – but there are ways to get the Chanel look without the price tag! How to Dress Like a Chanel Girl Since you’re probably not going to be running to the Chanel store and picking out authentic Chanel pieces to transform your style, let’s take a look at what it means to be a Chanel girl. Once you know what Chanel style looks like, it’ll be easier for you to find beautiful Chanel inspired pieces to transform your look without needing to buy actual Chanel. Keep the colors classic Basic, classy color combinations are key to achieving a simple, elegant Chanel inspired look. The most classic Chanel-like combination – black and white. Navy and white is another great option. Or try a monochrome look, wearing shades of one classic color from head to toe. Stick with fitted, sophisticated silhouettes Coco Chanel was the designer that introduced the women’s suit and paved the way for women to wear tailored, chic clothing. This means that to achieve a Chanel inspired look, you’ll want to choose well-fitting, tailored clothing. Neither baggy, unfitted garments or skin-tight pieces are the look we’re going for! Don’t forget the tweed! There may not be anything more Chanel than tweed. Chanel has included textured tweed garments, especially jackets, in many collections over the years. Pop on a classy tweed jacket and you’ll be halfway to looking like a real Chanel girl. Look for statement buttons: flower buttons anyone? Many of Chanel’s jackets included (and still do!) large, eye-catching, statement buttons. These buttons are made from high-quality metals and other materials and usually feature intricate, elegant designs. Coco Chanel loved camellia flowers and often used a camellia design on buttons for her pieces. Accessorize like a champ: pearls, gold, and a quilted bag The accessories are what will really pull together your Chanel inspired look. Pearls are a must – choose simple, elegant pearl earrings and other accessories. You can also up the glam a bit with some gold elements. Finally, top off the accessories with a quilted bag. Finish it off with a comfy and classy shoe You can’t call it an outfit without the shoes! For a Chanel aesthetic, go for a basic, comfortable shoe in a classic color. Think ballet flats, espadrilles, or a slingback pointed-toe heel in white, tan, or black. Even better if you can find a shoe with a contrasting toe color for a really authentic Chanel-like look. If you need some inspiration as you put together your Chanel inspired looks, check out chanel.com and browse through their new designs! How to Make Chanel Inspired Clothing on a Budget Now that you know how to dress like a Chanel girl – how can you afford to dress like one? The key is to find, alter, or make Chanel inspired clothing. Find inexpensive clothing with a Chanel look The easiest route to your new look is to find pieces that have a Chanel-like aesthetic already. Spend some time hitting all your local thrift shops and pick up any pieces that fit the Chanel look. If there are small details that are off or slight fit issues, you can always alter the garment later – so try to see past the little things while shopping. Make alterations to get that fitted, Chanel inspired look Once you’ve found a few great Chanel inspired pieces, it’s time to break out that sewing machine and make any alterations needed to get the garment looking its best! Try to keep the alterations simple and just focus on getting a classic, sophisticated fit. Sew your own Chanel inspired clothing If you aren’t having much luck thrifting Chanel inspired clothing, or maybe you just want to flex those sewing muscles, you can make your own Chanel-style pieces. Look for patterns in classic silhouettes and think about what alterations would be easiest to make for each one to get a more authentic Chanel look. You may have the best luck with vintage patterns, so don’t forget to look around for older patterns! Chanel is all about the buttons Whether you bought the garment or made it, don’t forget the statement buttons! You can change out the buttons on an existing jacket or add Chanel inspired flower buttons to your handmade pieces. We have some awesome Chanel inspired buttons available to help you take your look to the next level! If you’re looking for some inspiration for your DIY Chanel inspired look, check out this beautiful, retro, Chanel-style coat one of our customers made with our camellia buttons! Chanel Buttons: Real, Fake, Chanel Inspired Lastly, a final note – the buttons we sell are Chanel-inspired, they’re not authentic Chanel buttons – but they are beautiful! If you want to use real Chanel buttons, expect to pay a good price for them – and beware of those trying to sell fake Chanel buttons as authentic. Here is a great site for information on recognizing real Chanel buttons.
How to Make Jewelry Clasps with Buttons
How to Make Jewelry Clasps with Buttons A key component of almost any piece of jewelry is the clasp. Usually, it’s just a boring metal hook or clamp. But when you make your own jewelry, you get to choose what the clasp looks like – and it doesn’t have to be boring! Try using fancy buttons for jewelry clasps to make the closure just as pretty as the rest of the piece. Finding Buttons for Jewelry Clasps Any type of button can be made into a jewelry clasp, but the key is to find beautiful, unique buttons that really adds something to the finished piece. Try your local thrift shops for lovely vintage buttons or check out our selection of elegant buttons. Loop and Button Clasps The most common way to use buttons for jewelry clasps is in a loop and button style closure. To make this type of clasp, thread a button onto one end of your bracelet or necklace. Then, add any design elements such as knots, beads, or pendants to the body of the piece. Once you reach the other end, form a loop large enough to fit the button through. This loop can be a simple looped thread, a knotted strip of leather, or you might want to bead the entire loop. Shank Button Hook Clasps A second type of closure that works great for using buttons is a hook clasp. This type of clasp is perfect for using gorgeous shank buttons. To make a shank button hook clasp, wrap wire around the shank of one button, then form a loop in the wire to one side of the button. Grab a second button and secure another piece of wire to its shank. For the second button, instead of forming a loop in the wire, form a hook, shaping it until you like how it looks. These two buttons can then be used at the ends of a bracelet or necklace to hook together and act as a beautiful closure
How to Sew a Shank Button onto a Lined Coat?
Do you have a lined coat sitting around in your closet with a missing button? Or maybe you just never wear it because those buttons are just too boring? Thankfully, it’s easy (and fast!) to sew a beautiful shank button onto a lined coat. What will you need to sew a shank button onto a lined coat? Here’s what you’ll need to sew your shank buttons onto your coat. Shank button(s) Lined jacket to attach the buttons to Hand sewing needle Thread matching the color of your coat Scissors or thread snips Step-by-step: sewing a shank button onto a lined coat Here’s how to sew a shank button onto a lined coat. Thread your hand sewing needle with a double layer of thread about 4 inches long. Knot the two ends of thread together with a triple knot. Mark the button placement on the outside of your coat. You can mark with pins or a fabric marker. Insert the end of the needle into the fabric near the button mark, then push the end back through slightly to the other side of the button mark. Make sure you go through the outer fabric only, not the lining. Pull the knot taut to the fabric. Run the thread through the shank of the button. Insert the needle back into and then out of the outer fabric again, once again ensuring that you go only through the outer fabric. Go through the shank of the button again. Repeat this process 2 or 3 more times, then tie off and trim your thread tails. The result should be a button sewn to the outer fabric only – the lining will still be free inside the coat!
How to Make a Button Wedding Bouquet
How to Make a Button Wedding Bouquet Adding some DIY charm to your wedding décor is the perfect way to bring a unique, personalized feel to your wedding. Why not add your bouquet – and maybe your bridesmaids’ bouquets – to your list of pre-wedding DIY projects? Alternative wedding bouquet idea: try buttons! Traditional flower bouquets are beautiful – but doesn’t your wedding need something a little more unique and a touch of funkiness? Try making a cool vintage button bouquet to carry down the aisle! “Buttons?” you say, “buttons aren’t pretty…” Well, I’m here to say that buttons can be fancy and elegant – use some gorgeous vintage glass buttons or rhinestone buttons and you’ll add some sparkle and glam to your wedding ceremony. Plus, when you make your bouquet out of buttons, you won’t have a wilting vase of flowers on your mantle just a few short weeks after the wedding – your bouquet will last for years! What kind of buttons are best for a button wedding bouquet? There are so many types of buttons out there – sew-through buttons, shank buttons, vintage buttons, rhinestone buttons, glass buttons, and more! So, what kind of buttons should you use in your wedding bouquet? I recommend using a mix of different types of buttons that match your color scheme and wedding vibe. Try stacking sew-through buttons for a more 3D look and mixing in shank buttons and even beads. Add in a few big, statement buttons with some sparkle and shine, but don’t forget to fill in with a few plainer buttons so as not to take away the focus from your statement buttons. Where to find vintage buttons for your button wedding bouquet? Vintage buttons are a great way to go when sourcing buttons for your button bouquet – you’ll be able to add in unique, fancy buttons that can’t be found elsewhere. So, where do you find vintage buttons for your bouquet? First, try your local thrift shops – often they have a great selection of interesting vintage buttons. If you’re not finding all the buttons you need locally, you can get beautiful vintage buttons online! We have a range of vintage buttons in different shapes, sizes, and colors for you to choose from – you’ll find fancy rhinestone buttons, colored glass buttons, and anything in between. What you’ll need to make a vintage button bouquet Let’s get into the actual making of your beautifully funky button bouquet! But first, here’s what you’ll need. Buttons! And lots of them. 20 gauge florist wire Green florist tape Hot glue gun and glue Ribbon, lace, or satin to wrap the handle Anything else you want to add into your bouquet: feathers, beads, brooches, etc. Step-by-step: how to make a button wedding bouquet Making a vintage button bouquet is surprisingly easy – and you’ll have a lot of fun exercising your creativity muscles! Step 1: Gather buttons for your vintage button bouquet First, spend some time gathering buttons for your bouquet. This is likely going to be the most time-consuming part of the process, especially if you want unique and interesting buttons in different shapes and sizes. Depending on the size of your bouquet, you could need anywhere from 50 buttons up to several hundred – it just depends on how much time you have on your hands to spend making your magnificent bouquet! Step 2: Make your button “stems” Next, you’ll need to make all your individual button “stems” for the bouquet. To make a stem, cut a piece of wire about 24 inches long. Fold the wire in half, then thread a button onto it so that the button is at the folded end of the wire. You can stack multiple buttons onto the wire for a cool, textured look if you want. Twist the wire around itself below the button to secure your button “bud” in place. Finally, wrap the stem with florist tape if needed to hide any pokey bits. Repeat this process to form all the stems for your bouquet. Step 3: Arrange your button bouquet Once you’ve got all your button stems ready to go, it’s time for the real fun to begin – arranging your bouquet! Arrange your button stems together in a cup or vase (or your hand). Take your time with this step to make sure you’re happy with the positions of all your stems. At this point, add in additional details like feathers, beads, or fake flowers. Step 4: Wrap and decorate your bouquet handle Once you’ve double and triple checked – and you’re sure you love the way your bouquet is arranged – it’s time to make the handle. Simply wrap the base of your bouquet with florist tape to secure all the stems in place. Then, to cover the unsightly wires and tape, wrap the base of the bouquet in ribbon, a piece of satin, or a piece of lace. Use hot glue to secure your pretty new bouquet handle permanently.
How to Use Buttons with Shanks for Jewelry
How to Use Buttons with Shanks for Jewelry There are so many beautiful buttons out there – I mean, just take a look at our selection of fancy glass buttons – or our rhinestone buttons! While these elegant buttons are perfect for adding some sparkle and shine to your clothing, why limit their use to just what they were made for? Boring! Fancy, high-end buttons are the perfect way to make yourself some unique, statement jewelry pieces! Plus, it’s easier than you might think. Types of Buttons If you’re a button connoisseur, you probably already know that there are quite a few different types of buttons, each made to sew onto fabric in a different way. How many types of buttons are there? There are 5 types of buttons that you’re likely to run across out in the world. flat buttons: You’ve definitely seen a flat button or two in your life. Flat buttons are your typical button with two, three, or four holes that are sewn through to attach the button to fabric. shank buttons: The second most common type of button, shank buttons have a tiny metal loop on the back that is sewn through to attach the button to fabric. snap buttons: Rather that using a buttonhole, snap buttons have two interlocking sides that – you guessed it – snap together. stud buttons: If you’ve ever worn jeans – haven’t we all? – you’ve seen stud buttons. Stud buttons are attached to fabric with a stud that cuts through the fabric and is attached to a metal fastener on the other side. toggle buttons: Probably the weirdest buttons you’ll find, toggle buttons are elongated and have two holes that are attached to a coat with a long string. The coat is closed by putting the toggle button through a loop on the opposite side. What are shank buttons? Shank buttons have a little metal loop, known as a shank, on the back. This loop is sewn through to attach the button to fabric. The best part about shank buttons is that without holes through the button, the entire face is free to be used for a fancy design or rhinestones. That’s why most of the extravagant, luxe buttons on the market are shank buttons – making shank buttons the perfect candidate for making jewelry! How to use buttons in jewelry making When it comes to jewelry making, whether you’re using traditional jewelry pendants and stones or utilizing some gorgeous buttons, you’re limited only by your imagination. Just experiment, try different designs, and of course, have fun! To get you started on your button-jewelry-making journey and get those creative juices flowing, we’ve got three awesome DIY jewelry ideas utilizing shank buttons below. How to make earrings using shank buttons One of the easiest ways to turn shank buttons into jewelry is to make a pair of pretty dangle earrings. What you need to make shank button earrings 8 inches of 20-gauge wire Needle-nose pliers Two fancy shank buttons To make your earrings, cut two pieces of wire that are 4 inches long. Bend the wire so that one side is 1.5 inches long and the other is 2.5 inches long. Thread the button through the wire and hold it at the bend in the wire. Bend the shorter wire end around the button shank to hold the button flat, in line with the wire. Trim the short end of the wire and squish the end in with your pliers to hide the sharp edge. Finally, shape the long end of the wire to form the dangle earring wire shape – you can judge the shape of the wire based on a pair of earrings you already own and like. How to make a bracelet with a shank button clasp Shank buttons also work great as a clasp to secure a cute, braided bracelet. What you need to make a bracelet with a button clasp Cord Scissors One fancy shank button To make your bracelet, first cut three long pieces of cord. Make sure to cut each piece to the same length and at least 3 times the circumference of your wrist. Start braiding the strands together at the center, braiding until you have about 2 inches of braid. Fold the braid in half to form a little loop. Combine all 6 cord ends and continue braiding right where the braided loop starts, braiding all the strands together. Continue braiding until the bracelet is the right length to fit around your wrist, then string your shank button onto two of the strands. Braid another inch or so beyond the button, then knot your thread tails and trim the excess. The button should fit through the loop you made at the beginning of your braid to secure your bracelet around your wrist! How to make a ring from a shank button If you love wearing statement rings, don’t settle for the rings you find in-store! You can make your own rings from fancy shank buttons. What you need to make a shank button ring 20-gauge wire Needle nose pliers Tape A ring that fits you A candle, chapstick, or other cylindrical, approximately finger-sized item A beautiful shank button To make your shank button ring, you’ll first need to make a finger-sized form. Use your well-fitting ring to find a tube of chapstick, a candle, or another item that is the size of (or slightly smaller than) your finger. If needed, add tape around the item to give it a bit more width and get a perfect fit for your well-fitting ring. Cut about 30 inches of wire and wrap it twice around the finger-sized form. The two ends of the wire should be at the top of the ring. Pinch the ends tight so that the ring is taut to the finger form. Thread the shank button through both wire tails and slide it all the way to the top of the ring. Wrap the wire ends around the finger form again. Using one of the wire tails, tightly wrap the shank of the button up with wire to hide it. Wrap the other wire tail tightly around the wires forming the base of the ring. Continue wrapping all the way around until all the wire making the base of the ring is all wrapped up. Trim the wire ends and file them down if needed.
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.