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« on: February 10, 2008 09:43:31 PM »

Those in the Shop the Swap have been seeing these for a while, but I decided to go ahead and post them in the real world for everyone else. It used to be a total mystery to me how to make these where the ponytail holder actually goes through the back of the button until I found this wonderful tutorial.

 



and some bobby pins- these buttons are smaller
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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2008 10:15:44 PM »

They look great! I've always loved fabric-covered buttons... they're colorful, and almost always completely unique. Have you tried them yet? I read the tutorial you linked, and I like the idea, I'm just wondering if the wire would get caught in your hair and rip it... Great job!
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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2008 10:28:23 PM »

i absolutely love these. i received some in a swap and i haven't stoped using them since. i have to find me some more. yours are gorgeous! my faves are the middle two in both pics!
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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2008 11:06:17 PM »

I LOVE the bobby pins! I need some of those! I keep losing mine, but I'm sure if they were this pretty it'd be easier to hang on to them... Great job!
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« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2008 04:30:08 AM »

i love the bobby pins (as my hair is to short for the pony holder) amazing idea!!
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« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2008 07:23:36 AM »

i absolutely love these. i received some in a swap and i haven't stoped using them since. i have to find me some more. yours are gorgeous! my faves are the middle two in both pics!

Haha, me too. those are the four that have been claimed in the Shop the Swap! I still have all the others, lol!

Judethelost, they don't get caught in my hair at all because there is only a tiny bit of wire exposed and it is just a smooth loop. the jagged ends of the wires are not exposed because they are tucked inside the buttons.
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« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2008 08:35:11 AM »

Those are darling! I love the fabric.
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« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2008 12:05:14 PM »

Those are ADORABLE!  I love the deer!!
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« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2008 03:07:56 PM »

Expanding on the tutorial a little bit. My half-ball cover buttons from Dritz don't have the 2 little holes in the base. Instead, there is a single slot. After messing around with a bit, sacrificing a button cover, and splitting my winter-worn fingers, I had a moment of inspiration.
 
First, I cut a clear fabric template from a piece of plastic in the recycling bin. I also drew a smaller circle in the center to indicate the finished size.

I also glued a little bit of fleece on top of the dome.

Next, I found that craft wire and the wire that comes with the cover buttons will pull right through the slot. It is also very difficult to twist the wire together (at least the heavier piece that came with them).  I trashed a cover proving it.

Ah ha moment! I used the smallest self-locking nylon cable tie ( a "zip" tie) in the tool box.

Keeping the locking part on what will be the inside of the cover, pass the tail through the slot, then through the ponytail elastic, then back up through the slot. Slide through the locking part, snug it down, and snip off the excess tail.






In the second picture, you can see I drew a "finished size" circle on my template. As a result, I chose a smaller sunflower for the cover. You can also see that I haven't snugged down the zip tie yet. From this point, it took 30 seconds to finish.

Sorry for the miserable pix, but I dropped my camera a while ago and it still hasn't forgiven me.
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« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2008 03:50:20 PM »

Wow I have these bottons.....I think I may try this tonight for swap thank you for the tutorial....
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