Hi all I hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving holiday and let's not forget Black Friday weekend! I'm here with a quick and easy video tutorial on how to create your very own fabric button earrings. I started making these button earrings about four years ago and even had a successful etsy store selling them. I closed the shop after a year and a half because things got too crazy in my personal life (meaning I got too crazy about fabric and sewing!) So here I am now trying to get my fabric shop off to a great start and hoping to share a little bit of my crafting knowledge with my blog readers.
To make these darling fabric cover button earrings you will need:
- E-6000 Glue. This glue is super-duper strong and will create a forever bond, but be careful it's stinky stuff and you need to use it in a well ventilated area. You can pick it up at JoAnn's or Michaels and I've even seen it at Walmart.
- One set of cover buttons. I prefer a size 24 for my earrings but really the size is entirely up to you. You can purchase these at your local craft store. If you've never covered a button before you'll need to purchase the package that comes with the cover button tool. The buttons from the craft store will still have the shank on the back and this will need to be removed with a pair of pliers. If you decide to make more I'd go for flat back cover buttons. I like to purchase mine from the Three Dancing Magpies on etsy. They're customer service is great and they're always fast with their shipping.
- You'll also need some earring posts. The 10mm post are the most versatile in size because they'll fit cover buttons as small as a size 20 and still work for larger buttons as well. I like to purchase the surgical steel posts from Rings & Things. You can pick yours up at JoAnn's or Michaels but be aware that these do contain nickel so if you have a nickel allergy they won't be right for you. Not to mention the posts are just not as sturdy as the those from Rings & Things.
- You'll need a small amount of scrap fabric 2" wide but even less if you're making size 20 buttons. The fabric I used in the video was Bari J.'s Dusty Rose la Salle du Soleil from her Paris Apartment collection. I cut fabric as small a 1/4 yard in my shop so you can pick this up for a great price, use it for a project and then use the scraps for darling earrings.
So here it is my simple video tutorial for making cute cover button earrings. BTW I felt like a big cheez-head while making this video--it's okay if you laugh I did too :)
You can also make great large earrings, necklaces, rings, hair pins, and more.