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Welcome to the Handmade Holidays on Buttons Galore! For the next 3 days, we’ll be joining in by sharing ideas for handmade Christmas gifts using – of course – buttons!

HANDMADE HOLIDAYS hop - HORIZONTALOur handmade gift project today is a handy little zippered notions bag that is perfect for the sewing enthusiast or frequent traveler in your life! It’s made from a pattern called Everyday Zips by Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree & Company that is available online or at a local quilt store (which is where I got mine).

Zippered Notions Bag

Supplies:

One of the most underestimated tasks in the success of a sewing project may be the selection of fabric. Just choose colors you like, right? Not exactly. Color, pattern, and other choices can make the difference between a project you are happy with and one that just isn’t satisfying.

Notions tote under construction

On this project, the pattern called for the body of the bag to be a neutral colored lightweight canvas. But I had found this neutral background vintage sewing themed quilt fabric that I was in love with at my local quilt store. This project seemed like a great excuse to use it! Plus, since this is a “notions tote”, the fabric would reinforce the theme.

I also chose a light color for the interior (not seen here) – an ivory tone on tone chevron design.

For the contrast panel, I chose the black rulers to pull the black out of the background and reinforce the sewing notions theme. That left me the prairie points to decide on. Red, white and black is a classic vintage color scheme, and so it seemed the natural answer here.

But as you can see above during construction, the red is incredibly stark against all that neutral. To me, it made the design look off balance. That’s where the buttons come in! By putting a row of red buttons above the zipper, it balances out the red prairie points and mutes their visual aggressiveness somewhat. And, as a bonus, the buttons add to the sewing theme!

Sometimes color choices make practical sense too. The pattern called for the strap to be the same color as the prairie points but I thought that would be too bold. The best alternative was to use the black ruler fabric, as it is the least likely of the fabrics that I was using to show dirt from while I was handling it.

Even the zipper color choices can make a night and day difference. I really could have used black or natural for either of the zippers. I could have positioned them so the zipper contrasted with the surrounding background, or so that the zipper blended with the background. But I’m well aware that sewing zippers isn’t my most proficient sewing skill. By choosing zipper colors that blend with the fabric around the zipper, I provided a bit of camouflage for any wonky sewing of the zippers. Choosing a contrasting color for the zippers would have the opposite effect: highlighting any errors on the zipper.

One thing that I made sure to avoid on a project like this that had tons of straight seams? Fabric that had stripes or other straight lines in the pattern (such as dots arranged in neat lines) was a no-no. Straight lines in the fabric would only highlight any errors in getting my pieces cut square or sewn straight. The ruler fabric does have straight lines but they are somewhat rough and not continuous so the pattern was workable.

Since the project is mostly just straight seams, sewing the zippers are the most challenging parts of making this tote. While I admit that zippers aren’t my best talent, I do have one secret weapon:

Zipper Foot

This is the zipper foot on my sewing machine. While it is possible to sew zippers without them, the zipper foot makes it infinitely easier. Having the right tools is often half the battle in producing a quality result. If you are going to sew a zipper, I highly recommend that you invest a few dollars in a zipper foot for your machine. You won’t regret it!

Now, to the blog hop…

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Make a Headband with Buttons & Ribbon

So, what can you do with some button basics and a pretty piece of ribbon?

buttons and ribbonAdd a plain satin headband to the mix and you can make a headband that is fabulously perfect just for the young style diva in your life!

Button Headband headshot

Making this headband is easy! Here’s what you need:

  • Satin Headband
  • Satin Ribbon
  • Buttons Galore Button Basics in Blush (available at AC Moore)
  • Embroidery Floss & Needle
  • Aleene’s Fabric Fusion glue
  • Hot Glue Gun

Headband close-upInstructions:

1. Glue ribbon to satin headband, turning under raw ends to finish them before gluing. If your ribbon is very thin or sheer, attach using dots of glue in locations that will have buttons over them, so the glue won’t show.

2. Thread buttons with floss and tie off to finish them.

3. Hot glue buttons to headband on top of ribbon.

That’s all it takes to get a beautiful custom accessory!

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This headband is easy to make for any occasion or season – just switch up the color scheme and you have an instant accessory for Christmas, Halloween, or even school spirit! What occasion will you make a headband for?

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Little Pink Ribbon Pins

October is the month that we as women remind each other that we love, care and honor ourselves.   The sisterhood of women strengthens this month as we stand together to bring awareness to breast cancer and what it means in our lives.  I don’t think there is a life untouched by breast cancer.  This little ribbon is a crafty project that you can make and wear to participate in not only the awareness aspect but also the celebration of the sisterhood of women.  I glued it together with Aleene’s Max Tacky Adhesive.  I used pink buttons of course.  I attached it to a pillow for the Hands-on-Heart pillow drive.

Pillow

Here are a few other crafty breast cancer awareness projects that you might like.  This button ribbon was created with buttons and glue!

Button Pink Ribbon

This tie dyed pillowcase fits perfectly in the tote bag that was created with the pink ribbon stamp from ClearSnap by Jen Goode.  You can see lots of great things that were made with her stamp on 100 Directions.

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Pink buttons can make a difference I think!  What do you think?

Cheers,

Laura

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Up-cycle Reusable Shopping Bags for Earth Day – Fifteen MINUTE Friday

For Earth Day (and every day) it is fun to up-cycle your resuable bags!  I did this one with felt and buttons and few quick stitches and LOVE it.

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There is really no pattern needed.   Just cut out fun shapes and stitch them to the bag.  Add buttons to make it super fun and stylish.

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Happy Shopping and Saving the Planet,

Laura

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Upcyled Denim Pocket Purse

Buttons Galore was invited to join the Rainbow Blog Hop 2014 (aka RainbowHop14) with the color indigo.  To become a piece of the colorful rainbow party, I took an old pocked from a pair of kid jeans and turned it into a mini purse, Welcome to the party!

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Here are the supplies I started with.

Supplies

I cut the pocket out first.

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Then I stitched on some buttons in the colors from my Laura Kelly collection that worked best (Robin Egg Blue and

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It is perfect to hold important things in a bigger bag (ie:  gym bag, backpack, pocketbook, etc.)!

Check out the projects in all of the colors of the rainbow.  Lots of them use buttons!

And you can enter to win a prize too!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day and Rainbows of Creative Love,

Laura

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Knit Headband with Wood Buttons

I have a secret to tell you. I can’t knit. Three people have tried to teach me and have failed. It’s the one craft I can’t seem to master. But I haven’t let that stop me. I can knit like a pro on a loom. You would be surprised by what you can make, looms aren’t just for hats and scarves. You just have to be more creative. I recently knit a headband on the loom. With wood buttons. Because there isn’t anything better than a nice knit and wood buttons. There is just something so organic about the combination of wood and wool. It’s winter. It’s cozy.

Knit Headband

If you are interested in knitting on a loom, just go to YouTube and search loom knitting and you’ll get tons of tutorials. Here’s a general idea of how I made mine. Did I mention I’m not a knitter? Don’t expect to see anything that resembles a knitting pattern below. This is a seat-of-my-pants tutorial. If you don’t knit, I’m sure you’ll appreciate it.

Headband Supplies

Supplies for Knit Headband with Wood Buttons

Directions:

  • Take a piece of yarn and wrap it around your head, where you want the headband to sit. Cut it to size. This is the easiest way to measure the length of the headband. Alternately, you can use a measuring tape, but I liked having the piece of yarn. I kept it with me while I was knitting and would just hold it up against the piece to check on the length every now and then. (I told you this wasn’t going to be technical, right?)
  • Then decide how wide you want your headband. Mine is 4.5″ and is quite wide. I wear it more like a hat. Use a 2-3″ measurement if you want to wear it more like a headband.
  • Take your long loom and measure out how many pegs you need to work on in order to get your desired width. Then start knitting.
  • Pay attention to the length, holding your measured yarn up to your length. Once you have reached your desired length, cast off.
  • Whip stitch the ends of the headband together.
  • Sew the wood buttons on to the headband.

Here’s a helpful tip. If you are like me, you might think that using the round, hat loom would work for this project, but it won’t. Casting off leaves you with a wonky side edge. Trust me when I tell you to the scarf loom is best for this project.

If you are even more resistant than I am to knitting, you can also sneak off to the store, buy a knit headband and stitch a few wood buttons on to it. That counts as handmade too. At least in my world it does!

Knit Headband II

Want to see other projects I’ve knitted with my loom (and yes some have wood buttons)? Visit my Pinterest Board.

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Sweet Rubber Band Bracelets

Rubber band bracelets are all the rage with kids these days.  Some crafters use a special loom to create the bracelets, but you can also use your fingers and  some super cute novelty buttons to create a closure for your bracelet. This is definitely a kid-approved project as my daughter was wildly impressed that she could now make rubber band bracelets that stood out from the crowd.

Make a Sweet RUbber Band Bracelet with Buttons Galore & Laura Bray

Supplies for Rubber Band Bracelets:

  • Bands in colors of your choice.  You can buy packs of the bands at your local craft store, or just use hair bands.
  • Novelty buttons.  For my sweet set, I used the Sweet Delights collection.

Rubber Band Bracelet

Instructions:

1.  With your fingers, squeeze one of the bands in half and thread it through the shank of your button.

 

2. Squeeze another band in half and weave it through the loops of the band that you pushed through your button.

Make a Sweet RUbber Band Bracelet with Buttons Galore & Laura Bray

3. Continue weaving your bands together until you get the length you want.  Don’t forget the bands stretch!

4. When you get to the end of your band, take the two last two loops and wrap it over the button.

Step 3

Thanks for crafting with me today!  For more crafts, lifestyle tips, and button projects, visit me on my blog at Laura Bray Designs.

 

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