Friday, August 5, 2011
Hi all…Kylie back again as promised! :o) We all LOVE our Shabby Shoppe products and extending them beyond the ‘page’ brings new life to them…and it also means we get to ENJOY them all the more! YAY! :o) Today I’m sharing a fun and inexpensive hybrid project that pretty much anyone & everyone can try their hand at… making COVERED BUTTONS! This is a great way to dress-up some everyday items with a little Shabby Princess loveliness!
What you’ll need:
- Shabby Shoppe kit, paper collection and/or embellishment pack – pick out your faves!
- your preferred photo editing software (photoshop, paintshop pro etc)
- an inkjet or bubble jet printer
- t-shirt transfer paper (available at most craft stores or office/stationery supply shops)
- fabric (the thinner the better)
- an iron
- a covered button making kit (available at most haberdashery & craft stores – I paid about AUD$5.00 for mine)
- things to decorate!
Once you have decided what you want to decorate you may also need glue, needle & thread, and/or other basic craft items to finish off your projects.
- Choose what Shabby Shoppe products you want to use and add them to a blank work area in photoshop etc. The size of the work area will be the same size as the transfer paper you will be printing on. For my buttons I chose one element for each button, but feel free to layer papers and elements to design whatever look you want for your new button. Depending on the size of button you are making you may need to resize your elements…measure the button shell and use the ruler guides in your program to manually resize or just resize the image prior to dragging and dropping onto your work area. Also ensure there is enough space around each ‘designed button’ to allow for cutting and tucking the material around and under the button.
- Print onto the ‘t-shirt’ transfer paper. There are generally two types of transfer paper – one for light fabric and one for dark fabric. I used the dark variety as I like the matte finish better…personal preference really! :o) Make sure you read the printing instructions on the paper pack because sometimes you have to reverse the elements prior to printing – you don’t want to end up with back-to-front letters after transferring, hey?! LOL!! So my advice is to read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully prior to printing.
- Follow the ‘t-shirt’ transfer paper manufacturer’s instructions for the ironing process too as they differ product to product. As we are covering small buttons it’s best to choose a thin, light-weight material – I chose a very light-weight white cotton-blend. Making buttons with a thicker material will prove extremely difficult, especially with the added layer of the iron-on transfer.
- Cut around each of the button designs leaving enough fabric as a border to allow for tucking in.
- Follow the manufacturer’s guide on your ‘Button Covering Kit’ to make your buttons. But generally, you press the fabric and ‘button shell’ into the ‘holder’ with the ‘pusher’. Trim the fabric closer if required. Remove the ‘pusher’ and tuck the fabric into the shell. Snap the ‘button back’ into the ‘button shell’ with the ‘pusher’ and then peel out finished button from the ‘holder’. Too easy! My tip when making your actual button is to use a little double-sided tape between the fabric and the ‘button shell’ to ensure that your design doesn’t move off-centre when you push it into the plastic ‘holder’.
Once you have made your covered buttons you can go-to-town prettying up whatever you like!! :o) Here is what I did:
Back-to-school time… freshly sharpened pencils… new pencil cases – sound familiar?! Why not personalize yours or your kids (hey, kids can make these easy buttons too!!) new cloth pencil cases! For the pink case (from HERE) I used the cute button alpha and a sweet little ladybug from the Sweetie-pie kit. And for the adorable little owl pouch (sourced from HERE) I made use of some of the giggle box kit ‘epoxy buttons’ and an alpha. I hand stitched each of the buttons onto the cases. I think they turned out pretty neat!!!
I often see pretty little covered button hair clips… now I can make my own – Shabby Shoppe style!! And so can you!!! :o) I didn’t need to sew the buttons onto the clip so instead of using a button back from the Covered Button Making Kit I just measured and cut out a circle of strong cardboard the same size of the ‘button back’. That way I had a flat surface to glue the button to the metal hair clip. You make the button in exactly the same way…with the button shell, holder and pusher… you just use your DIY cardboard circle instead of the ‘button back’ which has the ‘sewing hole’ therefore making it impossible to glue the button flat against the clip, does that make sense? Hope so!! ;o) Here I made use of two sweet little elements from the Occasions kit. And added a little gathered ribbon to one set, just for fun! I used craft glue to glue down all the components. Quick little gifts for my nieces!!
Ever feel like your fridge or magnetic board magnets are a bit on the boring side? Again…covered buttons to the rescue!! I needed a flat back to my buttons again, so used a little circle of cardboard as my button back. I stuck the “giggle box” buttons onto the bulldog clips (sourced from HERE) with a glue dot and a little extra craft glue. For the little ‘hopscotch flower’ magnets I used a thinner cardboard as my button back so that I could glue in little round magnets (available at most craft stores) and they would still sit reasonably flush with the button edges. Voila…new look stationery supplies!
Hope you enjoyed today’s “cute-as-a-button” hybrid inspiration, lol!! I had fun bringing it to you!! And remember, there are so many different ways of using the covered button idea…not just the above examples…so have a blast experimenting! Why not share your finished projects in the gallery – we’d LOVE to see what you made using your Shabby Princess products!
Wishing you all a lovely, lovely weekend! Join us again on Monday for another beautiful LAYOUT OF THE WEEK! Bye for now! :o)