Thursday, April 26, 2012

Button Trinket Box

Kim Towne transformed a plain paper mache box into a work of art using paint, machine embroidery designs, grosgrain ribbon and covered buttons. Use our Button~Ups Fabric Button Cover Machine to make flat back buttons or remove the metal shanks from traditional covered buttons kits (rubber cup or teeth kits found in notions aisle of sewing stores.)

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Materials Needed:

Step 1
  • ·      Remove the stickers from the box and paint inside and outside w/ acrylic paint.
  • ·      Allow to complete dry overnight.

Step 2
  • ·      Embroider six 1” “Little Charms” embroidery designs on grosgrain ribbon (back ribbon w/ Heat n Sta stabilizer)
  • ·      Embroider a 1.5” “Frames & Borders” embroidery design on pink ribbon.
  • ·      Cut out designs and make into flat back covered buttons. If you are not using our Button~Ups Fabric Button Cover Machine then remove the sew-on shank before making the button so the back is somewhat flat. The beauty of our button systems is you have many different types of button backs available (such as flat back buttons) perfect for gluing onto another surface.

Step 3
  • ·      Glue gathered lace around the rim of the lid and add a piece of pretty gingham ribbon to cover the gathers.
  • ·      Glue the 1” embroidered buttons around the lid as shown.
  • ·      Glue the 1.5” embroidered button to the center on top of the 1” buttons.
  • ·      Add 2mm Hot Fix Crystals over the embroidery for a little bling. Click Here to visit

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Redneck Wine Glasses

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Redneck wine glasses are a hoot when paired with cool free standing tag embroidery designs. Wouldn't these make a great gift for a country boot scooting wedding?

Supplies Needed:

Merge the "Bride" design from the Celebration Embroidery CD to the name area of the cowboy boot file from the Tag-A-Long Family Edition. Change the stitching order of color blocks so the "Bride" stitches before adding the fabric to the back of the boot (see PDF file on Tag-A-Long CD for detailed directions.)

Use a Crop A Dile tool to set an eyelet in the circle at the top of the boot. Place a ball chain through the eyelet and attach to the glass stem. 

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Travel Tissue Cover Tutorial

I needed some sewing therapy today, so I decided to make a quick project that I could finish in one day or less. Sometimes you just need to make something crafty to de-stress. Thought you might like FREE directions so I designed a quick photo tutorial. Please visit more ideas.

  • Cut one of each:  3" x 22" red strip & 2" x 22" green strip.
  • Sew, RST using 1/4" seam allowance.
  • Cut six 2" pieces and sew together, alternating the direction as shown.

  • Cut two 2" side pieces the same length as your center and sew, RST using a 1/4" seam allowance.
  • Center and trim block 5.5" W x 6.5" H.
  • Cut a lining 5.5" W x 7.5" H.

  • Sew lining to outside with RST, matching up short edges to make a circle.
  • Turn right side out. Center and press lining so it is equal on both short ends forming a "faux" binding.
  • Fold in half RST, matching faux binding in the center and sew across short ends using 1/4" seam allowance (backstitch over center where ends meet.)
  • Turn RS out and stuff a small travel size tissue pack inside. These make great gifts for friends, teachers and co-workers. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Tea Party Accessories

I think I'm in the mood to host another one of my famous "Tea Parties". I love a Mother-Daughter Tea and with Mother's Day approaching, my mind is dreaming of sipping tea with friends, crafts and fellowship. 

Flower Napkin Ring Holders
  • Embroider a monogram using our Ladybug Button~Ups Embroidery Collection using cotton fabric and iron on tear away stabilizer. Here is a link to find out Ladybug Embroidery Collection. PS we even have a FREE letter for you to download and try before you purchase.
  • Make a 1.5" or 60mm covered button using the embroidered monogram following the manufacturers  directions. We used our Button~Ups Fabric Button Cover Machine to make a 1.5" Ponytail button back. If using Dritz covered button kit, add a large jump ring to the shank and string elastic through the shank.

  • To jazz it up a bit, purchase some flowers from a craft store and remove the hard center of the flowers and discard. This leaves a hole in the center of the petals which you can string the elastic through. Tie a knot in the elastic once the flower petals have been arranged as you like. Purse cloth napkins and roll up and wrap with your fancy ladybug monogram napkin ring.