Sunday, August 26, 2007

Covered Button Thumbtacks

I've been making things with covered buttons for a while, including these cool and colorful thumbtacks, which I've been seeing all over the place lately. It seems that I'm not the only one who likes to spruce up her workspace with something other than ordinary office supplies.



These are so easy to make, and they can be addictive! You need to be picky about the brand of buttons you buy, or you may end up with a messy, puckered edge. Avoid those that have the little teeth on the back to grab fabric -- these are rarely smooth along the edges when you're done. I like Maxant buttons because there are no teeth and they include a "pusher and holder" assembly tool (pictured below). You can also buy refill packages that don't include the tool. I prefer to use upholstery fabric for these, because the fabric is pulled so tightly that sometimes the shiny button will show through thinner material.




Start by cutting out small circles of fabric, sized according to the template on the package. Remove the shank from the button back with sturdy pliers, then assemble the button according to package directions. For detailed instructions and photos on assembling the button, go to this post. Hot glue a regular flathead thumbtack to the back, and you're done. You'll make these so quickly, you'll run out of supplies long before you run out of time.

(Edit - 11/13/08: I now use E-6000 glue for a durable, transparent bond. Hot glue will not hold for long when you're handling your thumbtack.)

5 comments:

Ginger said...

wow! they are adorable
make it look so easy to do...

Leigh said...

wow these are fab, so clever

malieta said...

These buttons are really cool!!!thank you for sharing:)

Anonymous said...

How does one make the necklaces, earrings, keyrings, hair assessories using the covered buttons. Thank you for you help.

cheryl finley said...

Hi Cher...
I just LOVE that you give us these tutorials! Both projects are so unique. You continue to inspire me with ALL of your projects. Thank you!

Have a good summer!