|What does this look like to you?|
And yet, here I am with a somewhat whimsical project that might appeal to you and your sewing friends.
All courtesy of my sleepless inspirations.
Here is the finished project. It's a collection of three big "buttons", made out of fabric, single-sided fusible Peltex, and ribbon. Other supplies include clips, double-sided tape, fabric glue, and plates and other small circular items to trace around.
|Hang some designer buttons on your wall...|
You may have noticed in the title that this project also alludes to my (Spoonflower) fabric swatch challenge, last posted about back in January. The second button is made out a Spoonflower swatch (DICIS Phrases (Red/Black/White) from my Inspiration collection).
|Cut three circles out of Peltex...|
Make these buttons as big as you want. My biggest one was traced from a dinner plate, so it was about 10.5". The Spoonflower swatch was turned into an 8" button and the smallest one was 6". I used a pill bottle lid and a can of tomato paste to trace the circles for the holes in the middle of the buttons.
|Cut enough fabric to overlap the other side of each Peltex circle...|
You can just freehand cut around the Peltex when you cut the fabric. I left about an inch or so of fabric around the biggest button, but you can certainly manage with less.
|Divide the circles into equal quarters...|
Rely on your rulers to help you locate the middle of your buttons.
|Trace small circles just inside the lines on opposite quarters (if making a button with 4 holes, |
leave more space between the lines and the circles)...
Make your buttons with two holes in the middle or with four... just keep them well separated if you go with four.
|Carefully cut out the circles...|
Cut out the circles as best as you can. I did a better job on the one above than the one below! (Went with a smaller pair of snips.)
|Put Peltex fusible side down onto the wrong side of the fabric and fuse into place...|
Fuse the Peltex to the wrong side of the fabric.
|Clip excess fabric to back and sew all around the perimeter as close to edge as possible...|
Clips are essentially a "must have" here, as pins won't do the job. Go slowly when you sew around the perimeter of the circle and keep your eyes on the end of the presser foot, not the needle.
|Cut the middle out of each hole and then make slits in the remaining fabric so that it can be |
wrapped underneath and glued...
Snip the middle portion of the fabric away from the holes and then make slits in the remaining circle of fabric. Glue the ends to the underside two or three at a time with some good fabric glue.
|Cut lengths of ribbon to insert through the holes as "thread"; glue down the ends on the back...|
Use a length of ribbon (or yarn or cording) to simulate thread and glue the ends to the back of the button. For buttons with four holes, you can make a cross.
|Use some double-sided tape to attach the buttons to one another and it's finished...|
All that's left is to decide how you want to group your buttons. While you can glue (or hot glue) them permanently, I like to use double-sided tape so that I can change my mind later. For a slightly more secure fastening that can still be undone, sew them together with some matching coloured thread.
I used a push pin to attach it to the wall of my sewing room.
|Up on my wall...|
So what do you think? Was that worthy of a sleep deprived night on my part?? Given that I have sleep deprived nights where I don't end up newly inspired, it's not so bad, right?