Friday, February 24, 2012

Fabric Button Tacks

You guys know I like the simple things in life, and not just because they're easy, but because sometimes it's all you need to make an impact. 

Just like today's project, so easy, so simple, but so cute and pretty too!

Here's what you need:

1) I bet a lot of you already know how to make your own fabric covered buttons so you can skip this first part, but if you don't already know how easy it is, just follow along. 

I often find packages of self covered buttons at the second hand store for next to nothing but you can still buy them in regular old fabric stores of today.

On the back, you'll find all of the directions, and see that series of circles?  Those are your patterns depending on which size you have.

2) Just cut out the corresponding circle, place it on your fabric (you really just need scraps), and cut out a circle the same size in your fabric.

3) Next, take the little tool thingey that comes in your kit, and make a little sandwich, white rubber cup on the bottom, fabric (face down), and metal button top (also face down).

4) Squish that all into the cup.  Your fabric will bunch up around the sides, that's OK.  Just tuck it in towards the centre.

5) Place your button back on top of the fabric, use the other piece of your tool to press it all together.  You'll feel a little snap when it all goes into place.

Now, if you were just making buttons, that would be it, you'd be done.  But we're going to make ours into tacks for all of those pretty pin boards that are out there.

6) Just fire up your glue gun and add a dab on top of your flat head tack.  Press the tack onto the back of the button above or below the shank.  (You can try to cut this off with wire cutters but I had no luck so I'm just going around it).

And now you are done! 

These are so easy.  You could use them for all sorts of on barrettes, rings, jewellery, centres for fabric flowers.... the list goes on and on.

What will you use your new buttons for???


Sunny Simple Life said...

Oh those are so very cute. What can't you do girlie?

Katrine - make it and fake it said...

coool!!!!! i will be making these and updating so many shirts!!! thanks for sharing :)

love K


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