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Monday, April 27, 2015

Creating Covered Buttons and Other Delights with Vintage Fabric Scraps

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I am now smack dab in the middle of finals week in school.

Last week as I rearranged my office/sewing area I found myself looking at some wee bits of leftover fabric from the aprons I had recently made. I just couldn’t bear to toss the cheerful scraps into the bin.

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They are quite easy to make. I myself have a large collection of vintage metal button covers but you can also find them at Joann’s and other fabric shops. You simply cut a small circle of fabric out, place the button in the center, work the fabric over the metal “teeth” and then snap the back cover in place.

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The buttons can be used on all sorts of projects like aprons, pillows, bunting and of course clothing.

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One of my favorite blogs, The Linen Garden,  uses scraps likes nobody’s business.

I adore the paving ribbon she creates to wrap around packages and jars.

Image of Garden Trimmings - crazy paving ribbon

I’m off to hit the books. Have a wonderful week.



Auntie Em said...

Good luck with your finals! I know you will do great but it is still a stressful ordeal.
Love your covered buttons. A sweet use of those little scraps. I can remember watching my mother covering buttons with the bits of fabric. While buttons were not cheap then, covered buttons were a little more dear so they were usually reserved for something like a coat or a dressy suit or a special occasions dress. These little ones you have done in these pretty scraps of print would have been a luxury but would have made an outfit even better!
Thank you for this lovely trip down memory lane this morning. Just what I needed. :)

Vel Criste said...


nonie everythingsewing said...

I love how you find a use for every little bit of such precious fabric. You know I will be following your lead and will be making many covered buttons. I know you will Ace your test, good luck and prayers.


Linda said...

I admire all of these beautiful creations - I'm not that creative or at least not in the same way.

Good luck with your finals!! Knowing you, you will succeed marvelously!! My sweet girl has struggled through her first year of college with some great starts and not so great finishes. I'm hoping better days will be ahead for her next year. It helps to first know what you want to do - she is 19 going on 20 and all of those decisions are not so clear to her yet (and why would they be?)

Anyhow - hope you do great on all of your exams!!
Love, Linda

Rita C. said...

Just stop it, Laura! Those buttons and that paving ribbon (which I've never seen done before!) - too, too cute. Good luck on finals!

Janet Garon said...

That is so cute! I love them, such a pretty way to bring interest to an item!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I can't believe you have time for anything like making buttons. They look fabulous. Good luck with your finals. I know you will get all A's.

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martinealison said...

Bonjour chère amie,

Une belle enfilade de petits boutons... J'aime particulièrement ceux avec les petits lapins.
Je conserve tous les boutons et les très anciens, ceux de ma grand-mère sont magnifiques, de véritables oeuvres d'art !

❀ Gros bisous ❀

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Now we ALL want to learn to make buttons! How cute! Enjoy your week my friend. Hugs, Diane

Cozy Little House said...

Well, as they used to say where I came from: Aren't those buttons cute as a bug's ear!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

How pretty, Laura, and what a great idea! I have some of those buttons and plenty of scraps from favorite fabrics. How neat would it look to dress up a plain black coat with some of these pretty buttons.

vicky trainor said...

Thank you for the mention glad you love my little space and my makings....good luck with your finals and keep making those cute buttons...xxxxxxxxxxxxxx