I just loooove buttons as some of you might have seen in my first blog entry. I found these really nice buttons in a thrift shop, I really love looking for sewing stuff at those kind of places. I recommend it; you can find beautiful vintage stuff for no money at all.
I knew I wanted to create some kind of bracelet with them and I found some inspiration online. My main source of inspiration these days is Instagram, I really love this app where you can follow a lot of inspiring people.
This is a technique to create your own cord that you could use for multiple things.
1 Large button for decoration
1 Small button for fastening
Torn Strips from a light weight fabric 1.5cm (0,6”) wide approx. 90cm (1’ft) long
Sewing or decorative thread
Piece of a straw
Candlewicking Foot #412510845
Button Foot w. Placement Tool #412934545
I tore strips of silk from the leftovers of my post-midsummer dress (and then a few more in grey silk), I like how the rough edges look, but you could cut them as well.
Then I taped a piece of straw to the bobbin cover of my machine. The easiest way to get the strip through the straw is to hold the bobbin cover and pull the strip through with a big needle. Attach the Candle wicking foot and sew a zig zag (Length 5.0 Width 5.0) over the strip. The candle Wicking foot keeps the ribbon in place perfectly with the groove underneath. It is important to hold on to the strip in both ends and kind of help it feed through. The feed teeth cannot really grab the narrow fabric in this technique.
Fold your ribbon in half and make a loop the size of your small button. Add your large button. Measure how long you want your bracelet, mine is around the wrist twice, and make a mark. Then use the Automatic Button Sewing Program to sew the two strips together. Use the same stitch and change to the Button Foot w. Placement Tool. Sew on the button on top of the last stitches. Make sure you pull the guide on the foot forward so you will get a thread shank.
The Button Foot w. Placement Tool is one of my absolute favorite optional presser feet together with the Invisible zipper foot…I couldn’t live without them!
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