I had originally planned to make something more elaborate, but working full time and my ex still recovering from surgery and staying with us until he recouperates, I ran out of time. This quick and simple last minute project is a melding of old ideas with new technology.
I read of the tutorial and history on making your own Dorset Singleton buttons over at Craft Stylish (the concept dates back to the 1600 and named Singleton after the family that first began making them and Dorset as tthey originated in Dorset, England - they were made on a round disc cut from the horn of a Dorset Horn sheep) and decided to use this for my Craftster "Decorate With Buttons" challenge. http://www.craftstylish.com/item/42746/how-to-make-singleton-buttons
To make the buttons I used:
- Plastic ring off the top of a soda bottle
- Pop Can (to make circle template)
- Paper (to draw on to make the template
- Scrap of fabric
- Straight Pins
I made the button using the plastic ring off of a plastic soda bottle (it is the ring that the lid twists off of) as my base.
To make a template of for the fabric to cover the plastic ring, I used a soda can and drew around the perimeter with a pen, then cut out the circle.
Pin the template to the fabric then cut to make a fabric circle. Hand baste approximately 1/4 inch away from the edge of the fabric all the way around, then put the plastic ring in the center the pulled the thread (like you do when you are making a fabric yo-yo).
Pull the fabric taut then hand stitch to secure the fabric.
To make this sunflower, I used leftover yellow fleece to cut petal shapes, then hand stitch them then sewed the above button in the center, then used a hot glue gun to glue the flower to a hair clip.
To make the this facinator flower, I used a scrap of red glitter nylon net about 6-8 inches wide and folded it into 8 inch squares and cut into a flower shape then cut "petals" into the fabric at about 1/2 in intervals. I then sewed the button on the middle, then cut the petal into the flower, then I hand stithced the button to the fabric.
Turn the button over then hand stitch close to the edge around the perimeter.
This one will go with a red dress that I have that has obnoxiously large cheery red flowers on it.
I then used a hot glue gun to hot gule the flower to a hair clip.