2 March 2013

Tatting and Buttons

My multi-craft group NeedlenCrafts had a buttons exchange challenge last month where we need to make buttons out of fabric and embellish them creatively using crafts that we are comfortable with.  Naturally, I turned to tatting, :)

These are my buttons -

A pictorial of how I made the buttons is given below.

Material for the button.  I am using a button making kit for the actual button. ... I know, that is cheating  a bit, he he he.  You will also need a fabric glue, which I did not show here.
Place the fabric over the white button mould and the button casing over it.  Press  the casing and fabric together intl the mould.
Fabric and casing pressed completely into the mould.
Place the button shank over the mould and press into it as done earlier.
Completed button with shank attached.
Dab some glue around the shank, take a completed tatting motif and push the shank through the centre.
Make a small cut in the middle of the felt.  Again, dab a little glue over the tatting and press the felt over the shank, until it sticks firmly to the button
You can create your own motif for the tatting, but make sure that there is a space in the middle to let the button shank pass through it.  Below is the chart for the motif that I used.

This is a tip on how I cut the felt to size.
Before cutting out the felt circle, make a small slip in the felt and push the shank through it.  Then cut the circle following the outline of the metal plate.