Friday, March 30, 2012

Scrap Fabric Post Earrings

So I am obviously stuck on using the cotton scrap fabric that I have since several of my last tutorials use this fabric. Again, this is the perfect quick and easy scrap fabric tutorial and I keep seeing these fabric covered button earrings in stores for around $20 but you can make these for much less. If you are willing to put a little work into them, the supplies to make these don't cost more than $2.

  • Cover Button Starter Kit Size 30 (3/4 inch) FLAT BACKS
    (kits usually include a tool, button cover fronts and backs), I ordered these and the earring backs from Cover Button City on Etsy
  • fabric scraps (approx. 6" square)
  • scissors
  • post earrings with flat pad (no hole), size 6mm with ear nut
  • E-6000 glue
  1. Cut a fabric twice the diameter of your button. Since we are using .75" buttons the diameter of the circle should be 3". If you decide to make smaller or larger buttons, change the diameter accordingly
  2. With the wrong side up, center the fabric in the button tool and place the top button shell over top of the fabric (convex side down). Push the metal piece down into the button tool.

  3. Tuck the fabric towards the center of the button.

  4. Place the backer over the button and use the tool to snap the back into place.

  5. Remove the button from the tool.

  6. Using the E-6000, put a dab of glue on the pad of the earring post and glue it to the center back of the button. Repeat this step with the second earring and let glue dry over night.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Cotton Fabric Heaband

Needle & Thread (coordinate with fabric)
3 - Cover Button Size 36 (7/8 inch) wire back
Wide Headband
18" x 24" piece of fabric
Glue Gun

Note: I used different patterns for each flower and mixed things up so if you want to do this here is the fabric breakdown:
Each button: 2" x 2"
Larger flower: 3" x 18"
Smaller flower: 2" x 18"
Heaband: depends on size or your headband but you will need about 4" x 18" piece of fabric

  1. Cut two strips of 2" x 18" fabric for the smaller flowers. Cut one 3" x 18" strip for the larger flower.
  2. Take one of the strips and fold the fabric in half width wise and sew a gathering stitch along the unfinished bottom of the strip.

  3. Gather the strip of fabric and tie the end but do not cut the thread. Form a circle with material and stay stitch it in place.

  4. Repeat steps 2 & 3 with the remaining strips of fabric.
  5. Cover your buttons with fabric, for instructions refer to the Fabric Button Hair Band Tutorial.

  6. Sew your buttons to the circular flower bases.

  7. Cut a strip of fabric that is about a half an inch wider than your headband and a few inches long. Hot glue the half of the fabric to the backside of the headband (see fig. 7A). Now fold over the side ends to the front and glue them in place (see fig. 7B). Take the other half with sides folded in and glue to cover the end in fabric, much like wrapping a present (see fig. 7C). Repeat with the other end of the headband.

  8. Cut a strip of fabric that is about .5" to .75" by around 18" long. Starting at one end of the headband, glue the end of the fabric strip to the inside of the headband (fig. 8A). Start to wrap the fabric around the headband, gluing it in place every now and then (fig. 8B). Depending on the size or your headband and how you wrap you might have to repeat this step multiple times starting a new piece of fabric where your last piece ended (make sure so have a small overlap). Keep in mind that this doesn't have to be perfect!

  9. Figure out where on the headband you want to place your flowers and glue them to the headband. To make sure they were extra secure I cut circles slightly smaller than the flowers and glued them to the back side of the headband, making sure to sandwich the headband between the flower backs and the circle backers.