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Felt Flower Clips

These cute little felt flower clips are great to create and make for Teacher Appreciation and Mothers Day gifts.  They are easy and fun!

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You only need  BUTTONS (I used my Laura Kelly Brights Mix) giant paper clips (could use little ones too of course), felt (I used Kunin Group) and Aleene’s Max Tacky Glue.  Cut out your felt flower layers then glue them together.  Add a few buttons and wa-lah, you have super cute clips that can be used to hold paper together.


They make great bookmarks too and would be fun packaged with a journal or a cookbook or a gift card to a book store.  I love this one packaged with a writing journal to give to a teacher.


What other ways can you think of to use these giant clips.   I wonder how they would work to hold bags of chips closed.

Happy Creating,





Movember Mustache Craft for guys

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Movember is here again,  and it is a great  time to make crafts for guys.  Former Designer for Buttons Galore and More designer friend Jen Goode of  http://www.100directions.com designed a mustache stamp wheel from Clearsnap so you can get your mustache creativity going all over the place. AND, she has  asked a group of designers to create whatever they’d like to make, showcasing this fun craft tool and her stamp.  One of my favorite things to do with the rollagraph is to make my own pattern paper.  I used a piece of kraft card stock to make the cover or this journal.  My son is in 5th grade and they have to keep a reading journal.  I thought this would be perfect for him.  Man was I right.  He took it to school last week and I have a request for 4 more.

Materials to make Movember mustache craft:


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I used the Sharpie markers to make my own name plate, The thin Glue dots to adhere the buttons, and the name plate.  The rollagraph to create the pattern paper for the cover and scissors to trim the edges.  You can use a craft knife too.

Mustache craft with name plate


Retro Cherry Shoe Clips

Sometimes I feel like September is really new year.  Back to school time calls for getting organized and cleaning out closets.  As I was purging my closet, I found a pair of cute, polka dot shoes.

Shoes Before

On their own they are pretty cute but, being the crafter I am, I couldn’t leave well enough alone so I was off to the studio to create some jewelry for my shoes.

Shoe Clips Beauty

You can buy shoe clips blanks at most craft stores. Buy a dozen.  I promise you are going to be addicted to the craft once you find out how easy it is to do.

As for buttons, Buttons Galore & More’s large supply of novelty buttons means the possibilities are endless.  Turn your favorite pair of shoes or pumps into cute retro shoes with cherries, decorate your child’s shoes with back to school buttons, or get a jump-start on the holidays and make some Christmas themed shoe clips.  By simply adding shoe clips, you can turn one pair of shoes into endless looks.

Supplies for shoe clips

Instructions for shoe clips

1. Glue a novelty button onto a plain button.  Set aside to dry.

Glue novelty buttons onto shoe clip

2. Once buttons are securely glued together, attach your button creation to the shoe clip blank.  Make sure the button is glued onto the clip so that when you clip it onto your shoe, the design is oriented in the way you want it.

Glue button onto shoe clip

TIP: Once you have glued the button onto the shoe clip blank, set it upside down onto a clean surface to dry.  This will keep the buttons from sliding off the shoe clip while drying.

3.  Once the clip is dry, attach it to your shoes and skip down the street.

Shoe Clip Close-Up

To get more button craft tutorials, recipes, and lifestyle tips, visit my blog at www.laurabraydesigns.com.

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Quilting Arts Bookmarks

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Quilting Arts Bookmarks – A recent post on Facebook asked “do you give teacher appreciation gifts for teachers at the beginning of the new school year?” While completing a quilted inspired pillow recently, it occurred to me that I could use the scraps to create a fun bookmark that any teacher would love and appreciate.

Quilted Arts Pillow 1 (2)

I am seriously loving the Dresden applique look that I am seeing on so many inspirational blogs and Pinterest.  Some inexpensive fabrics sold by the fat quarter caught my eye at Walmart the other day and I knew they would be perfect for this Dresden pillow project. I cut lots of Dresden shapes using a pattern and had several leftover.

Leftover Dresden shapes

How to make Quilting Arts Bookmarks:

So, what to do with these fused pieces of shaped fabric? Quilting Arts Bookmarks, that is what.  How about creating a row of houses on a burlap bookmark? (I had this out already too since I created the pillow back and front from burlap).

Cut house shapes from fabric

Trace a rectangular shape onto burlap using a cardstock rectangle pattern (mine were approximately 2 1/2″ x 9.” Leave some room on both the short and long edges for fraying. I used a permanent black marker to trace my shapes. You can also use a rotary cutter and self healing mat in lieu of the cardstock pattern if you wish.

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Cut the shapes out and zig zag stitch the edges approximately 1/4″ from edge to leave some room for fraying. once you fray the edges, the stitches will stop further fraying.

Sewn burlap edges

Now you can use your iron and pressing surface to fuse the house shapes to the burlap. Peel off the paper backing and fuse in place.

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Now its time to back to the sewing machine and free motion stitch the house details. Often, you will notice that artists who free motion stitch intricate details such as text, intricate shapes (think animals, arm-chairs,etc) will use a free motion foot. But I have discovered that you can stitch simple free motion shapes with your regular sewing foot. After you have stitched your details, its time to sew on your inkjet fabric sentiment.

Inkjet fabric quote

You can purchase specialty inkjet fabric that is paper backed so it’s easy to use with most inkjet printers. I love this sentiment because its so basic, but I also found another great one that would be perfect for educators. “If you can read this, thank a teacher.” How true!!

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Last but certainly not least and once again the perfect finishing touch, add buttons from a variety of the wide selection from Buttons Galore and More with a hand sewing needle and thread.

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Make the Quilting Arts Bookmarks in multiples using your fabric scraps, burlap and buttons to thank those  teachers for all the hard work they do!

Live Life Creatively,



Organizing with Nautical Buttons

Try organizing with nautical buttons.

Keep your supplies stored in style this year!

Create a fun storage tray for pencils.

Supplies for Organizing with Nautical Buttons

Additional Supplies

  • Patterned Paper – Tommy Collection, Cardstock (Honey, Cranberry, Outdoor Denim), Burlap Ribbon, Chipboard Arrow – all from Close To My Heart
  • Bling – Want2Scrap Sleek Strips Silver Rhinestones
  • Twine – Doodlebug Design Doodle Twine
  • Ink – Copic R46, R29, C3, C4, Blender (0) and SP05 Multiliner, Cantaloupe and Bahama Blue Memento Dye Ink (Tsukineko)
  • Adhesive – Scor-Tape (Scor-Pal Company) and AdTech Adhesive Hot Glue
  • 3d Pencil Box with Wrap SVG – Designed by Jamie Cripps (Silhouette Online Store)

Create a fun storage tray for pencils.Create a fun storage tray for pencils.Create a fun storage tray for pencils.


  1. Cut two outer panels, one of the Tommy themed paper – one of Outdoor Denim (both from Close to My Heart). Adhere together with Scor-Tape. Save leftover patterned paper – on the back there is a word strip that is used in the embellishments. Note – the Outdoor Denim liner is a special addition – it gives the box a little bit of added sturdiness.
  2. Color numbers of choice using Copic Marker R29 and R46. Add shadows with C3 and C4. Add accents with Blender pen and Copic Multiliner.
  3. Cut insert from Honey Cardstock. Assemble and attach to the outer portion of the box.
  4. Cut band from Cranberry Cardstock.
  5. Loop twine through Anchor button and tie through red button. Adhere red button to Ship’s Wheel button using AdTech Adhesives hot glue.
  6. Adhere burlap ribbon and buttons with AdTech Adhesives hot glue.
  7. Ink Chipboard Arrow (From Lucky Level 2 Assortment – Close To My Heart) with Cantaloupe Ink and edge with Bahama Blue Ink (Tsukineko – Memento Dew Drop). Adhere with AdTech Adhesives hot glue.
  8. Choose sentiments from leftover Tommy paper and “pink” edges. Attach to burlap using AdTech Adhesives hot glue.
  9. Outline numbers with Sleek Strips Silver Rhinestones.

Create a fun storage tray for pencils. 

Note – for additional assistance assembling the box, Jamie has a wonderful tutorial on her blog.


 Thanks for joining me today. Hope you have fun getting organized in style.


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Buttons and Back Packs

Instead of jewelry this week, I’m playing with paper and buttons. I must say, buttons and back packs go together pretty well!

Buttons and Back Packs

Buttons and Back Packs

Buttons and Back Packs

I created the backpack and inked the edges with Tea Bag ink. I dyed a wooden button and cut the shank off. The bag was then decorated with patterned papers and fun embellishments. To lift the bag up a little, I created little feet by gluing Coffee and Rustic Coconut Shell buttons together.

Now, it’s time to fill it with goodies for the teacher!

Buttons for Back Pack


Hand Carved Wood Buttons

Additional Supplies

Canvas Shapes, Wood Shapes and Cork Tags (Little Yellow Bicycle), Champagne Cardstock, Tea Bag Ink, Patterned Paper (Close To My Heart), Brads (Creative Impressions), Twine – My Mind’s Eye), Letters (EK Success), Flower (Petaloo), Back Pack Template (SVGCUTS.COM)

Adhesive – Scor-Tape and AdTech Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks


Back to School Embellished Pencil Pouch

Send your kids back to school in style with my embellished pencil pouch.  Who wants plain old school supplies when you can have some with a little flair?  You daughter will love showing off this little pencil pouch to her friends this school year.  The best part is that it only takes a few minutes to add this little embellishment.  You could coordinate a backpack or other back to school accessory to go with the pencil pouch as well.

back to school embellished pencil pouch

Back to School Embellished Pencil Pouch Supplies

  • Pencil pouch (mine came from the Dollar Tree)
  • Felt (I used zebra stripes felt)
  • Button in your choice of color
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors, Sizzix die cutter, or other ways to cut circles

Back to School Embellished Pencil Pouch Instructions

I have a treat for you all today.  I am not going to just tell you how to make this great back to school accessory….I am going to SHOW you.  Come on over to my house and grab a glass of sweet tea.  Sit back and watch this short (less than 4 minute) video to see how to make a pencil pouch of your own.  The video is captured live and is just me sitting and crafting along with you all.  It is the equivalent of you coming to a crafting party at my house…if it was possible to squeeze all of y’all in here.  So come on over and craft along with me.


Did you have fun?  Come back anytime y’all and craft with me via video.  I love inviting my readers into my home with fun live videos.  Plus when it is live there is no retakes.  Just me, the camera, and some crafty fun.  I have included a close up shot of the finished flower embellishment below in case y’all had a hard time seeing it on the video.

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I hope you will add these fun flower embellishments to your daughter’s back to school supplies this year.  What a fun and unique way to carry your pencils and even books.  Grab some felt and have fun going back to school this year.


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