Chronicle Books recently sent me a fun little box called The Button Factory: Everything You Need to Instantly Create 25 Fabric-Covered Pins! (Craft). That everything includes some cool cotton fabric, an easy to use pop-and-push button making kit and pin backs. Plus there are easy to follow instructions and inspiring photos. I thought I would include a few of my own inspiring photos of projects I have made through the years using fabric and a button covering kit. Think you might like to try your hand at button jewelry? You are in luck I’m giving away one Button Factory, read on to see how to win.
You could always use fabric covered buttons in the traditional sense. I made several out of a vintage Hawaiian shirt and sewed them onto the bib of this dress from the book Little Green Dresses: 50 Original Patterns for Repurposed Dresses, Tops, Skirts, and More by my good friend Tina Sparkles.
Pendant Size is in the Eye of the Beholder showcases a jumbo necklace I made with fabric covered buttons, chain, wooden discs, rick rack and just about everything else I could get my hands on.
I got on a tiara making kick awhile back and incorporated a huge fabric covered button into one of my designs.
Did you happen to see the Crafty Crime magazine ads I did for Aleene’s Fabric Fusion and Liquid Fusion Glues? You can see I’m wearing a fabric button covered ring and bracelet in the picture.
Here is another necklace I made with fabric covered buttons for Susan Beal’s book Button Up.
The Office Hanky Panky Bracelet from my book The Naughty Secretary Club: The Working Girl’s Guide to Handmade Jewelryshows how to use a vintage hanky and a button covering kit to make a bracelet, necklace and earrings. Check out a how-to on Etsy.
Another favorite fabric jewelry trick of mine is to make quilting yo-yos. Add a few of those to your fabric covered buttons and you can make your own Quilting Cuties Jewelry.
I warn you, fabric covered buttons are addicting. They are easy, fun and the perfect way to use up your fabric scraps. Wanna try your hand at button making? Sure you do, you would be crazy not to. You have a week to leave me a comment and I’ll send one US resident their very own Button Factory Kit. Don’t forget I am giving away a book or kit every Monday in May.