Tuesday, 6 November 2012

How to make Fabric Covered Buttons

Fabric covered buttons are fun to make and are a great way to use up your fabric scraps! They also make a fun gift for the people in your life who sew, scrapbook and craft! If you don't have time to make them yourself I have a selection available over at my Etsy store!

You will need:
-fabric scraps
-metal buttons, uncovered
-button holder and presser kit
-a pen

You can buy button kits at Start to Finish's Etsy store. They ship internationally too!

For 22mm (0.86") diameter buttons cut a round template measuring 45mm (1.77"). For an 18mm (0.70") diameter button cut a 40mm (1.57") template.

Step 1: Draw around your template onto the wrong side of your fabric. You can use any type of pen or pencil as this won't be seen.

Step 2: Cut out your circle

Step 3: Place your fabric right side down on top of the button holder (The clear cup looking one!)

Step 4: Place the button cover (the curved metal piece) curve side down in the center of the fabric above the button holder.

Step 5: Using the button presser (the red one) push the button cover and fabric inside the button holder

Step 6: Turn the button holder over and ensure your fabric is aligned the way you want. If not, pull it out and repeat steps 3 to 5 until the alignment is correct

Step 7: Tuck in all the edges.

Step 8: Place the button back, shank side up inside the button holder. Note: If these are for scrapbooking you may wish to remove the shank with a pair of pliers.

Step 9: Take the presser, center it over the shank and with your thumb push down until the shank is firmly lodged inside the button cover.

Step 10: Gently push the button out of the holder. You now have a finished button!

Extra: You can also embellish your buttons with lace by following the same steps but before step number 3 lay a small piece of lace, ribbon, etc. the same length as the diameter of your fabric across the button holder.

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Following the launch of my Totoro hand stamped fabric I've decided to add a few more sewing supplies to my range! Check them out at my Etsy store!
Little Red Ridinghood. Mint Green Rockabilly. Navy Blue and Gold. Brown and polkadots. Blue and Pink Floral.

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Owls at Last

It's taken a while but I'm finally living up to my namesake! I recreated my first ever design, my Green Owl necklace. I now have two of them up on Etsy :)

With the approach of Australian summer, which I now know I'll be experiencing this year, I've been getting all nostalgic about last summer. I always have favourite summer songs and last year it was Mr. Little Jeans cover of "The Suburbs". I've been listening to it constantly. I've also started to make a mental list of what to vote for in this years Triple J Hottest 100!
This will be my third summer for 2012! Hope it's not as sticky as the Japanese one I've just had! At the moment it's typhoon season with our first one due either tomorrow or the next day. I really hope I don't get stuck at work!

I'll soon be launching my new nostOWLgia website, built by my lovely fiancé! Keep an eye out for it :D

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Totoro Hand Stamped Fabric

I finally made it to the 5 story craft store... It was amazing!!! I bought a stamp carving kit, tools and fabric ink. As soon as I got home I watched a great video on how to hand carve stamps.

Then it was time to start carving! I made a Totoro stamp and an umbrella. After that I hand stamped my fabric and then heat set it to make it nice and durable! It's now up on my Etsy store :)
I've spent the rest of the night making lists and sketching out rough ideas for more hand carved stamps.

Saturday, 8 September 2012


On Sunday night my partner and I went to Sustailight Cafe in Sakae to see our friend Masa's dj set. It was an amazing night! Really cruisy house music and Sustailight had amazing food and drinks, including the most delicious dried fruit ice tea!! It's a really relaxed atmosphere with vintage buttons and matryoshka on the wall and surfboards hanging from the roof. It has a big focus on living sustainably, something I feel I need to endeavour to do more!

 My friend Ami (who owns her own zakka store, Relier) and I got talking about craft stores. As I am unable to read, write or speak Japanese I've had a hard time finding craft stores. A small one in Sakae called Yuzawaya and the small chain Craft Heart Tokai. Craft Heart Tokai has an excellent members card that offers discounts and earns points that can be taken off purchases. Anyway! Ami told me about Otsukaya in Kurumamichi. It's apparently a huge craft store... 5 floors! I'm on my way there right now, very excited! Fingers crossed I'll find some Totoro fabric!

Edit: It's closed on Thursdays :( So I didn't find anything! Maybe next week end :D

Friday, 31 August 2012

Summertime Sadness

It's the last week of summer! And despite the title of this post I am not at all sad about it! I've never known humidity like we have here in Nagoya, it has been so draining! Now that the cicadas have stopped chirruping I've replaced their song with Lana Del Rey's album "Born to Die". As I've been crafting, walking to the train and between classes I've been humming "Summertime Sadness" incessantly, I just can't get it out of my head! At least it's beautiful and far better than when the nursery rhymes from class get stuck in my head!
I love the beautiful nostalgia inherent in all her songs and film clips. When I listen I can't help but imagine I'm watching some beautiful and tragic old Hollywood film!

Other than listening to music I have been crafting! On Saturday I went to the craft store and bought lots of fabrics! Yay! Only to realise I had only a few magnetic snaps left. Aww! Never the less I made a couple little clutch purses.

Today I noticed the leaves have started changing colour. Right on cue for the start of autumn tomorrow! This got me thinking about Christmas... a little early, I know. I've got lots of plans for things to make both for my Etsy store and for Josh and I to start our own Christmas traditions. Keep an eye out for stockings and lots of Christmas decorations coming up soon. For today though I contented myself with making some Christmas earrings for my store. I've also been thinking of some Etsy traditions, I'm thinking every year we'll buy a handmade decoration from a lovely Etsy seller, and I'm also going to try and make this a "handmade" Christmas by buying handmade and supporting other artists.

Thursday, 23 August 2012


After a few busy weeks and months of dreaming my Etsy store has finally launched! I'm starting off with a small range of clutch purses and earrings and will be attempting to add new stock every week so check back frequently!

What other types of items would you like to see listed?