This weeks runaway refashion is all about buttons… that’s one item I am not short of! I inherited my Gran’s button box, and my mother-in-laws. There is something special about using buttons passed on down through the generations. Some of the buttons have stories attached to them, sadly lost now as he generation passes away.
The refashion seems a great way of using lots of odd buttons to add a twist to one of my favourite tutorials.
This makes a super cute small bag. I started with some wool fabric I had been passed on in a gorgeous burgundy colour.
To make your own cut out the bag pieces as per the downloadable Tweed Tote Bag instructions. Add fusible fleece to the main bag piece. Mark out 1″ squares with tailors chalk and a quilters ruler. As you can see from the image I started from the top of the bag each side marking out 8 squares towards the base of the bag (central column on image below).
Stitch these grid lines in a complimentary colour, I chose a strong orange.
Have fun selecting a variety of buttons.
Hand stitch the buttons into place, leaving the top and side line of squares. This enables you to stitch the side seams in place. It has the added bonus of providing a frame around your gorgeous buttons.
Tack into place Annies Soft and Stable to the main bag piece, this adds strength and stability to the bag (mine is quite heavy with the weight of the buttons)
Sew up the bag as the tutorial. I did moderate slightly, placing the lining inside the bag with the top seam allowance turned in (as the outer is shown above) and top stitching the two together.
This bag is available from my Etsy shop – its that time of year where I need to start building up stock ready for Christmas sales.
I LOVE buttons so reviewing “Blissed out with Buttons ” seemed a perfect fit:) There are a large variety of ideas in the book, spanning from jewellery, to CD suncatchers.
I found a few ideas I already do, (so to speak) christmas card and button magnets. However there are lots of new ideas. The projects vary in difficulty, with lots which children would enjoy making.
It seems only right and proper to have a go at following the instructions to make an item or too.
First up a felt heart, my daughter chose this as her project to make. Life moved on so I made it, not a hardship!!
Crochet button necklace… imagine my delight to find it was quick and easy (despite two glasses of wine, well it was Friday evening!!). Do you think I can now say I have completed 2013’as New Years resolution learning how to crochet… stretching it too far?!!
The instructions were clear to follow for both projects. As with most creative books some projects appealed more than others.
If you are visiting for Grow Your Blog your are very welcome, my post is here🙂 I am running a giveaway for this bag, pop a link on the Grow Your Blog post and you will be entered:)
Thanks to everyone who took the time to comment re the quilt. I am encouraged:) My daughter and I had a great time rummaging through pinkish man shirts at a jumble sale yesterday:)
As usual I am popping by Handmade Harbour 🙂
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