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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / New Card Holders/wallets on: August 05, 2007 06:05:28 PM
I made these during the weekend:

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Fabric Covered Buttons TUTORIAL (NO KITS)!!! on: July 08, 2007 07:08:09 PM
I honestly hate to pay so much money for the cover buttons kit. I use them a lot and it can get really costly if you buy them retail. SO I created this tutorial to show you how I cover my buttons with out using the metal kits.

You will need...

 1. Scrap of fabric (enough to cover the button that you will be using)
2. A button with a shank. (Button with a loop on the back. No holes)
3. Scisors
4. Embroidery thread (just 3 ends)
5. Fine needle
6. Ruler
7. Ball point pen

With the ruler measure the distance between the shank and the edge of the button.

 With the pen and from the edge of the button, mark onto the fabric the distance that you obtained from measuring the inside of the button.

 With the button on the fabric and upside down trace around the button the circumference of the piece of fabric needed to cover the button. Put the button aside and cut the circle.

 With the needle and the embroidery thread, stitch a running stitch along the edge of the fabric circle. Make sure to leave a tail of thread long enough to make a couple knots.

 Place the button up side down right in the middle of the stitched round piece of fabric.

 Pull both ends of thread until the fabric snuggles the button.

 Make a couple knots making sure the fabric is tight around the shank of the button.

 It should look like this.

There should not be any fabric or thread blocking the button's shank so you can sew your button to your projects.

I just want to add that YOU can buy thirfted metal buttons with a shank. Because those get dull with time there is not other way to use them. I buy a lot of buttons with shanks at my local thirft shop to cover, you don't have to by them new.

TO Gallstones:
Your tutorial is very well presented. It's clear and easy to follow. Thank you for sharing. Personally, I've never been able to make those store bought kits work. This I can do.

I just had an idea.  Wink
The buttons with holes could be used. A person could make their own shank with wire. It would be just like making a wire loop for a charm or pair of earrings.
Me: Yes, I actually made my first one with a regular button. They work out good too.

TO Giff:
Thank you for this beautifully clear tute! You make it look so easy. One question, though, is how do you stop the fabric edge from fraying? Or is that not a problem?

Me: I use fabric that does not fray much and there is not problem, but if I want to use messy fabric, I just add to the fabric some fusible stabilizer before cutting the circle. This really helps.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pink faux fur bunny sling bag on: December 23, 2006 05:10:19 PM
I made this bag while having a mild cold. I just hate sitting in fron of the TV without doing anything crafty.
I used some faux fur I had, I thought to use it for a pillow but I think it was perfect for this project.

This is the detail of the face. I used felt and embroidery.

This is the inside and velcro closure.

And this is the back of the bag. Notice the yoyo and button tail Smiley
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / electric guitar handbag (completed project) on: December 18, 2006 07:30:46 PM
I just finished this bag. A lady that I know ask me to make this bag for her daughter. The theme was Elvis and blue suede shoes with some type of embroidery, so here you have it, all ready to go.

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Frog Handbag on: December 17, 2006 07:19:39 PM
I just finished this handbag. I used a brown velvet fabric and lined it with a beige sateen. I used felt for the frog applique and embroidery around the edges. For the bug, I used a bee metal bead. I just love the way it turned out.

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