I’m playing around with making fabric-covered buttons, some which are cross-stitched and some of which are embroidered. I made these two cross-stitched ones last night, using THESE freebie What Delilah Did patterns — they’re stitched on 32-ct linen and are 1-1/8″ buttons.
You can also use the button kits to make magnets — the kit to which I linked contains both shank backs and flat backs, but if you only have shank backs you can use pliers to remove the wire to make the back flat. There’s a photo of the back of a fabric-covered magnet in THIS How About Orange post, and she explains how to convert the shank backs to flat backs in THIS post. I had no problem finding those little round magnets at Hobby Lobby; since I don’t like using hot glue, I bought some Goop to use instead.
I bought a handful of fabrics with which to make buttons — the five fabrics on the right side of the below photo contain designs I plan to embellish with embroidery; the two fabrics on the left are just so stinkin’ cute that I couldn’t resist getting them so I can make buttons and/or magnets with them, using the fabric as-is.
I spent quite a few hours last night futzing around with that fabric on the far right, trying different embroidery stitches on different parts of the print, and was rather underwhelmed with how the embellishing looked :P. I’m hoping I have better results with one (or more!) of the other prints. It may be that I started with a too fussy print; perhaps the bigger / less-detailed prints will lend themselves better to being embellished. Meanwhile, I have some other mini cross-stitch designs to try.
I scored all those fabrics at Hobby Lobby — ours always has such cute fabric options, much moreso than the chain fabric store. Weird, huh?!!
If you’d like to have a go at making buttons or magnets using the button kits, one thing I found immensely helpful when I was looking for print fabrics was the Dritz set of Cover Button Templates — when I saw a fabric I liked, I used the templates to determine if the parts I liked in the fabrics could be fussy cut to be converted into button form. I’ll keep this little ring of templates in my purse so that anytime I’m at a craft or fabric store I can easily determine if a fabric will be button-worthy.
Since I don’t go to Hobby Lobby all that often anymore, I took advantage of the outing and spent a while browsing the scrapbooking section, looking for things which would be useful for embellishing cross-stitch and embroidery projects, as I did with this project and this one, both of which were stitched on stretched canvas. The first two photos below are of various brads, I *think* the third photo also contains brads, and the last two photos are of wooden buttons — all of these would work beautifully in mixed media projects. (I’m sorry the last three photos are a bit blurry. It’s not your eyes(!); it’s my photography skills!! I didn’t realize I was too close to the packages….the pics looked okay on my cellphone.)
Hopefully by mid-month I’ll have lots of buttons and magnets for which I can share photos!
Dritz’s Covered-Button Pinterest page
Search results for “cross stitched buttons” on Pinterest
Search results for “embroidered buttons” on Pinterest