Posted by jackiewhite on Monday, July 16th, 2012
Hi, it is Jackie from Jackie's Art Quilts. I love, love, love embellishing! My last few tutorials I showcased embellished quilts. This tutorial I took a twist and am turning you into a jewellery designer! How you might ask? By using only the funkiest buttons out there - Riley Blake buttons! I am going to show you how to make a ring, necklace, hair clips and earrings. Let's get this party started.
Assorted buttons from Riley Blake. I used the five - 1" gingham buttons, four - 2" flower buttons, three - 1 1/2" flower buttons, one - 1" stitched button and three - 1/2" pearl buttons. (total 16 buttons)
Earring posts, ring blanks, hair clip blanks. (ordered all through Etsy)
2 - 20" pieces of Riley Blake crochet lace
Embroidery floss, assorted colours
2 pieces of felt, 6" x 4"
Earrings and Hair Clips:
Find two matching buttons that you would like to use as earrings, and two for hair clips. I used the gingham ones for earrings and the little pearl ones for the hair clips. If you don't like the look of the holes in the buttons, stitch some embroidery floss through and tie off at the back. Try using a different colour than the button to make it pop!
Hot glue the button to the post by putting a dab of glue onto the post (earrings and hair clips) and then setting the post onto the middle of the back of the button. Let cool.
Start by layering 3 buttons. Put the 2 " flower button on bottom, gingham one in middle and smaller one on top. I used embroidery floss to put through the hole in the top one and tie off at the back. Glue all three together and let cool. Once cooled, turn upside down. Put glue on the ring base and glue to the back of the large button in the centre.
You will need 3 large, 3 medium and 3 smaller buttons. Match up so that you have 3 stacks of buttons. On the smallest button, use embroidery floss to fill in the holes. Glue each stack of buttons onto themselves, ie. glue the small to the medium and then the medium button to the large one. Place the 3 stacks of buttons on the 2 pieces of felt and arrange in a 'V' as shown below.
Glue the buttons to the first layer of felt and then glue that piece of felt to the second layer. Cut away all the felt that can be seen from the front, so you are just left with the two 'V' pieces of felt on the back to stabilize the buttons. Glue the end of each piece of the crochet ribbon to the top of each side of the 'V'. Tie up in a bow to the desired length and enjoy!
Button jewellery is wonderful because you are the designer of your jewellery and with Riley Blake buttons, the possibilities really are endless!