WIN IT!!! The Button Factory

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.

I love my collections so much I try and figure out ways to take them with me wherever I go. I made my Dream Pets into a bracelet.

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.

A plain boring necklace from somewhere like Claire’s or Charming Charlie’s is easily updated with a covered button.

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.

28 Responses to “WIN IT!!! The Button Factory”

  1. Amelac

    I love fabric covered buttons, I'm doing some fun ones with stamps and embroidery right now, so please pick me!

  2. dagan

    j'taime buttons! i collect 1 inch buttons; adidng my own to the collection would be tops! thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Sade

    This is very cool! I always wondered how people made those buttons. I love the Hanky Panky Bracelet 🙂

  4. beadgirl

    I must say, you are an excellent salesperson — by the end of the post I decided I really wanted the button factory!

  5. Sara

    I really really need another crafty thing to get obsessed with….covered buttons sounds like just the thing to aid with my current crochet bag obsession! thanks for the giveaway opportunity and LOVE your imaginative jewellery.

  6. Alma

    Buttons buttons buttons I love buttons and this would be great to add to my scraps and get started on new ideas.


  7. BonBon

    I love the idea of using covered buttons in jewelry! I am jewelry-making-challeneged, but this looks like something even I could do.


    So many clever, fun, inventive ideas. My crafting senses are tingling over here! I am already addicted to B-U-T-T-O-N-S, so the Button Factory Kit is a must have. Thanks for a chance to win.

  9. Tracy

    Ooooh, so many ideas are churning through my brain right now. I love buttons, and fabric covered options open up a whole new world of possibilities with my scrap collection!

  10. stacy

    I love buttons! Making my own is fun, but having new ideas what to use them with is even better!

  11. Noryan

    I was just talking to someone the other day how archaic button machines seem to be. They half always been large and clunky, fairly pricey as well…and they seem to have never been scaled down. This is a pretty neat design concept for the ease of button making abilities.


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