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Posted on: 6/4/05 9:05 AM
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I sew a lot of these, that way I always have the stuff to make buttons instead of running to the store.
You know how you cut a piece of fabric in a circle- well I baste around the circle and put the metal button inside and pull the thread. It's an extra step but makes it easier and they turn out better. I stock up on these when they have 1/2 off the notions.
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ChippewaCharm said... (7/30/07 10:04 AM) Reply
Hi Nickle. I just joined. I found you on Google, searching "metal button forms" after searching for hours, for plain, flat shank metal buttons to cover with fabric, I still haven't found a source. Although I live in Canada, I could purchase elsewhere. Would you happen to know a source to buy them? I want to fabric cover some. I was given a pair , called "flip-flop buttons", and attach to the strap of the shoe with a stretchy, rubbery loop thingy (no idea what that is, so if you have insight on them, that would be super. Also, is there an instruction class here to make fabric covered buttons? Any help you have is very much appreciated! Thanks, Karen
kpastel said... (3/19/06 6:32 PM) Reply
great idea- will try it soon
flginny said... (6/5/05 12:36 PM) Reply
I can see how basting around the circle would help to keep the fabric even. I could have thought of that....duhh!Thanks for a great tip!
PixieCat said... (6/5/05 5:33 AM) Reply
Thanks for the tip! I'm about to try some of these buttons and will use this technique.
Ann B. said... (6/4/05 11:22 PM) Reply
Eliza, I've also read a tip somewhere that suggests you press a very lightweight fusible interfacing to your fabric before you cut out the fabric circles. I did this when my shiny button form kind of showed through the dark color but lightweight linen I was using to cover the button forms with. I expect that it would help with the fray problem also.
Nickle said... (6/4/05 10:25 AM) Reply
If you are using raveling fabric-you could always put a little fray check around the edge, let it dry, then baste.
elizajo said... (6/4/05 10:06 AM) Reply
That's a great tip. I'll really be happy if you can explain how to keep the edges of the circle from ravelling!
drsue said... (6/4/05 9:44 AM) Reply
Good idea!
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