I love bias tape….but I seriously dread making it. My bias tape machine makes it a little more fun…..and Boo LOVES watching it work (I do too).
I love fabric covered buttons. There are so many unique uses for them as you’ll see in our project roundup at the bottom of this tutorial.
To make the buttons you’ll need a metal button kit which comes in many sizes and can be found in most sewing stores:
Optional Step: Personally, I like to paint my buttons with an acid free primer first so that the metal doesn’t reflect light from under the fabric once they are made:
Step 1: Cut a fabric circle slightly bigger than the button you are making:
Step 2: Carefully push the fabric around the edges of the button and under the metal prongs that will keep the fabric in place:
You can use a point from a seam ripper to carefully grab stubborn, small areas and force them under the prongs:
Continue until all the fabric has been pushed under the prongs.
Step 3: Place the metal backing onto the back of the button……
…..and use a spool of thread to push it down into place:
A finished button! I love using novelty fabric such as the folk art print below:
2. Button Wreath from CountryHome
3. Fabric Button Earrings from Sada Lewis
4. Fabric Button Necklaces from Very Purple Person
5. Fabric Button Brooches from Sania Pell
6. Button Necklace from FiskarsCrafts
7. Pointed Flower Tutorial from Creation Corner
8. Covered Button Ties from Martha Stewart
9. Covered Button Blossoms from Martha Stewart
10. Covered Button Bookmarks from My Three Sons
This post is part of a new ongoing series:
This technique is super easy and great for designs that are not too detailed. You can cut a simple design into contact paper (you know, the adhesive vinyl used for lining shelves and covering text books!) and start screening in a matter of minutes. For more detailed designs and small lettering I recommend the Photo Emulsion Method. Below I’ve put together 3 tutorials for the following three designs using contact paper and screen printing techniques:
Using Contact Paper to Create a Simple Design:
Step 1: Start with a blank screen printing screen:
….and draw out your design on contact paper. Note: either draw your design on the front of the contact paper or make sure you reverse the design if you are drawing it on the paper backside. I made this heart design for Valentines day dresses:
Using Contact Paper to Create Stripes:
Step 1: Cut strips of contact paper and adhere to the bottom of the screen. Note: I actually used electrical tape for this project because it was the perfect size.
Step 4: Carefully lift up your screen and move it to the end of your stripes to start another set.
Using Contact Paper to Create a Distressed Plaid Design:
You can also use different sizes of stripes and screen separate colors to create a simple plaid design.
Step 1: First I started with the large stripes. I cut 3″ strips of contact paper and placed them on the bottom of the screen as shown.
This one was perfect for a plaid dress!
This tutorial is part of a series for the Lil Blue Boo / Dharma Trading Challenge running this month. If you haven’t checked it out yet please do! All levels of design/sewing/printing encouraged to enter!