Hello lovelies! I hope all is well with you......
Didn't you just love Lucy's autumn leaf necklace? I'm not sure I could make those as beautifully as she did (hint hint......)
It has been a rather emotional couple of weeks in my bit of Two Crafty Brownieland. Last thursday my eldest turned 20 (how??????) and two days later we took him up to Nottingham and left him alone in a little university room.......
I have seen him almost every day for the last 20 years, so you can understand I was a bit emotional! I had spent the last few days in a flurry of laundry, lists, birthday cake and bedding, and then to drive away from him made my heart break. The great thing is that he was very cheerful and excited, and very ready to meet new people and do something different.
Back home, I am slowly getting used to him not being here. I know in my head this is a good thing, and the natural progression of life, but in my heart it is oh so hard to let one of my babies go........
To distract myself, I have been doing lots of crafting. Lu and I love covered buttons, Lu replaced all the buttons on one of her coats with them and has had loads of compliments. We got thinking about what else you could do with these, and so I bring you my Covered Button tutorial! We will be making covered button bookmarks, thumbtacks, fridge magnets and a pair of cute earrings.
What you need is
Hemline do various sizes, I used the 22mm and 15mm. These can be found in most haberdasheries.
You can buy flat backed buttons online, I got mine from here. Both types have a gadget to make it easier, (pictured above). These help you press the back onto the button. I would recommend this, unless you have very strong thumbs like Lucy!!
You will also need
Giant paperclips from here
Earring findings, I bought mine from our local shop
Thumbtacks (I cut the plastic off with scissor to expose just the metal)
Glue (I use epoxy glue)
What you do is
Cut your fabric scraps to the right size. The Hemline buttons have a handy template on the back, and I used that to make some templates out of acrylic. I can just imagine Lucy's surprise at this........
If your fabric is thin, you may need a piece of calico to back it so the metal doesn't show through.
Cover your buttons according to the instructions with your gadget. If you are using the Hemline ones, make sure to take out the little metal loop first. If you are going to use them as buttons, leave it in.
Then use your epoxy glue to attach your various backings.
Display and admire with an appropriate drink in hand!!
Easy peasy (and cheap). I am glad to have a few little gifts to tuck away into my present box, especially with Christmas (yes I said it!!!) not so far away....... For those of us who try to make some of our gifts, it's never too early to start!
Well that's all for now, my darlings. Have a lovely weekend!