I feel like this is the best picture I've taken in a while - therefore I put it up here for you all to see!My friend Ashleigh and I got together over the weekend and had a craft day!
Our Mission: Fabric Covered Button Earrings
We were hoping to make them for Valentine's Day gifts.
I'd say it was a rather successful venture - here's a tutorial so that you too can master the art of these fabulous little earrings!
- Fabric covered button KIT
Buying the kit is important - this should include 2 little pieces that we will refer to as the "mold" (usually white) and "pusher" (usually blue.) It also comes in many sizes - Ashleigh prefers smaller earrings so she went with 1/2" while I went with the slightly larger 5/8"
- An extra pack or 2 of buttons to cover
The kits only come with a enough to make about 3 pairs of earrings. Mine came with 8 while Ashleigh's came with 7 - we still can't figure that one out. We each bought an extra pack or two of the buttons just in case we fell in love - which we most certainly did!
- Earring Posts
The posts with a flat side - I noticed that some came with earring backs and others did not something to pay attention to. Also, make sure that your the flat part will fit inside the button back - we ran into a bit of a problem with this.
After circling JoAnn's for quite a long time we ended up in the fat quarter section where we each picked up a few pieces we liked - this was not the intention as we could have used fabric I already had at home. It was just too difficult to pass up the prints! Be brave in your choices - the smaller the print the more detail you'll be able to capture in the earring.
- Ribbon/Lace/Overlay Fabric (Optional)
We actually had a lot of fun layering ribbon and lace from the dollar section - although I would suggest trying to make a pair without layering first just to make sure you know what you're doing. :D
To modify the earring back in order to accommodate the post.
- Glue Gun or Jewelry Glue
Pick you poison - hot glue dries faster. :)
To trace the circle pattern onto the fabric.
- Paper Scissors
To cut out the pattern on the back of the button packaging.
- Fabric Scissors
To cut out the circles and trim bulk as necessary
Cut out the circle pattern on the back of the covered button kit packaging. BONUS - each refill you buy also has the pattern, so don't worry about losing the tiny circle!
This chart is on the back of the button and kit package - which means it's important! This is how to make a fabric covered button - lucky for you I've broken it down below...
Once you are satisfied with the placement of your traced circle use your fabric scissors to cut it out from the fabric.
If you are going to try to create a layered look cut a piece of ribbon/lace/overlay fabric that is about a wide as your circle. Ashleigh preferred to eyeball this while I used the circle template.
Try to match the two fabrics - cut the ribbon/lace/overlay fabric to be relatively the same shape - or - use the template.
Insert the button shell into the well - this may take more force than you realize. The fabric will gather around the shell and may need to be trimmed if it begins to get too bulky - Remember- we still need to place to button back on top of all of this material. This is a good time to pop the button and fabric out to see if you are satisfied with the placement of the fabric as well as a great time to notice and fix any bunches or folds.
Use the pliers to wiggle the metal loop out from the button's back - this surface needs to be smooth in order to attach the earring back. Some of these backs gave us a more difficult time than others - and yes - we did mangle a few of them.
Tuck the fabric into the space on the back of the button shell and place the button back on top the side that you removed the metal loop from should be facing outward.
Using the plunger and your fingers secure the button back to the shell by pressing with all of your might - some of the bulkier buttons took more might than others. BEWARE - Once you complete this step there is really no going back, make sure that your fabric is placed just as you want it to be. Don't worry - Ashleigh and I did have a pile of "reject" buttons by the end...
Now it's time to glue the earring back to the back of the button. I noticed in my bag of earring backs some of the pieces didn't fit together - if at first you don't succeed try another!
Use a few dots of hot glue or jewelry glue to attach the post to the button back. Watch you fingers - we did get burnt a few times!
TA-DA! You now have a fabulous pair of covered button earrings!
Ashleigh looks super cute in her FAVORITE pair - It took her about an hour to decide which pair that was -- ha ha ha!