Posted by Carina Thavelin

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 on-line. 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.

You need:

1 Large button for decoration
1 Small button for fastening
Torn Strips from a light weight fabric 1.5cm (0,6”) wide approx. 90cm (3’ft) long
Sewing  or decorative thread
Piece of a straw
Candle wicking 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!
Have Fun!

Kram Carina


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Filed Under: Accessories, Inspiration, "Joy of Sewing", Sewing
Carina Thavelin
Hi Saraj,
I'm sorry, my mistake. The conversion between feet and centimeters went wrong. It should be approx. 3 feet.
10/7/2013 10:16:19 AM

How do you get 1foot of ribbon, folded in half, around your wrist twice?? Please explain what I'm missing. I've made 4 and not one is long enought for twice, just once with a tiny tail.... Ty
10/4/2013 9:31:17 PM

Carina Thavelin
Hi Kristine,
I used the automatic button program to sew the strips together under the small button and when I sewed the small button on.
Have fun! :)
7/9/2013 4:13:35 AM

Great looking bracelet.
Am not sure where you are using the the automatic button program to sew the strips together. Is it just to sew the strips together near the large button? Will get some silk and give it a try.
Thanks for a great project.
7/8/2013 2:53:05 PM

WOW, this was a really creative way of doing a bracelet. Fun thing with the straw - I like this "down-to-earth" approach to solve things.
7/6/2013 2:05:39 AM

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