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« on: May 16, 2004 08:19:11 PM »

i originally started this as a project to make a bag, but the buttons are too darned small...so i aborted this at cuff size and ordered some bigger buttons.  i think it's pretty cute, actually, but i am looking forward to finishing the original project once i get the bigger buttons.  Smiley



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SarahFroggy
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2004 08:22:14 PM »

that cuff is awesome. something to do with an abundance of buttons, it could be multi coloured too. just all the same size. how did you do it. i know its threaded through the buttons just wondering where to start and such? Smiley

would make an awesome bag!
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« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2004 08:32:41 PM »

I like that!  I can't really figure out what you did, but I'm going to try to copy it.
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« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2004 08:44:23 PM »

Wow I love your cuff! Please post some instructions!

Good luck with the bag it will look fabulous!
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« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2004 08:45:56 PM »

my "process" is a little on the tedious side, but you sort of get into it after a while...i wish i could draw a diagram that didn't look like more of a mess than a help!
basically, you have your four-hole buttons and they all have to be exactly the same size.  (as an aside, i can't believe how hard it is to find big amounts of same-sized buttons...and it gets pricey buying cards of five at a time!)  maybe this picture is easier to see: 

make sure you use a thread that doesn't stetch much because the tension is important...loop the thread from the button hole on button A to the button hole on button B twice and then loop it around the loop, itself, twice and tightly and then poke the needle through the next hole and do the same...make one long strip of buttons, however long you want it to be and then add the second row hooks up to the side holes and time marches on...
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« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2004 09:04:30 PM »

does seem confusing but once i try it i think it will make sense.

thanks for the help. Smiley

just remembered something else. i got a bunch of buttons at the dollar store all shirt size all different colours, but all the same size. maybe that will help you Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2004 09:10:57 PM »

we don't seem to have dollar stores in san francisco, but i'll take a look the next time i visit my mom--thanks! 
i actually finally found a tailoring and dry cleaning supplier online that seems to carry a good selection of larger buttons--they're sending me a sample sheet this week--and i've ordered some 1/2" buttons from fabric.com that were pretty reasonable.  i just figured i'd be able to google sewing buttons and find a bunch, but it seems like all the large quantity lots from, say, ebay or whatever are all ASSORTED.  the 1/4" shirt size like this cuff are the only ones that have been easy to get in quantity.  this cuff is made from a packed of a thousand mother of pearl ones that i got for $5 or something...but they're a little bland since they're all shades of white.  i thought the red perked it up a little bit.  the tourquoise ones with the lime green thread are fetching too, don't you think?
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« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2004 09:16:22 PM »

ooh i think i like anything turquoise..haha. very cool.

weird that you don't have dollar stores. i thought they were everywhere.
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« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2004 08:35:14 AM »

That is very cool, I love the way you've laced it up. How many buttons did you use?
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« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2004 08:36:58 AM »

i don't have it with me right now, but i think there are about 50 buttons in that cuff...it's five buttons wide and either ten or twelve long, i think...i can count when i get home.  Smiley
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