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Buttons! ...Well, button prototypes.

I've begun experimenting with cross stitch buttons. It's something I've wanted to do for a while now, but I didn't know that there are actually buttons specially designed to be covered with fabric. Then I discovered that there are several Etsy stores that sell them, in many sizes. I'm not sure all my designs will work on buttons, since some might be the wrong size or shape, but we'll see what I can come up with. Let me know what you think of these (eg is there too much space around the TARDIS for it to look good?). Also, should I do these as magnets as well? I'm thinking about it, it wouldn't be too difficult. Internet, I need your opinions! :P

For now, I've made buttons of the TARDIS, weeping angels, and a Christmas Dalek. Because really, who can resist Christmas Dalek? <3

Some of them are off-centre, although it actually doesn't show that much in these photos. It's hard to centre them properly, and extremely hard to take them apart once you've stuck the back on. I'm glad the back isn't likely to come off, but it makes it difficult and time-consuming to correct them when something isn't perfect. And if it's not perfect, it really bugs me. :P

But aside from that, it's fun to be able to make buttons! They're smaller and faster to make than bookmarks, and they're an alternative for people who don't actually use bookmarks (I'll try not to judge).

A while earlier, I tried doing a Tea Dalek button, but I think I need to do it on a fabric with a lower count, since it seems like it's too detailed to look good when it's this small. Fortunately, I also have larger buttons! So we'll see how that works out. When I eventually get around to trying it. Slow Sarah is Slow. >_>

Lastly, because it's so close and so often on my mind, and because I finally transferred some photos to my computer, here's a picture of all the stuff I donated to Desert Bus.

So much work but absolutely worth it. I believe most of it will be given out as prizes, and the TARDIS piece will probably be auctioned off. I'm so excited for Desert Bus, guys! It's always hilarious, and I'm dying to see all the other crafts people have donated. I'm hoarding all the money from sales of my bookmarks and patterns so I can possibly afford to bid on something this year. Only 9 days to go! :D


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Nov. 10th, 2011 02:46 am (UTC)

I'm not sure upon what I need these buttons, but I *need* them... Awesome work!

Nov. 10th, 2011 01:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I plan to make more once I'm finished experimenting and decide what works best. It might take me a little while, though, I tend to be slow about these things. ^^;
Nov. 10th, 2011 09:50 am (UTC)
These look awesome!
Nov. 10th, 2011 01:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm so happy I can make buttons out of my designs now.
Nov. 10th, 2011 01:18 pm (UTC)

Those are awesome. =) I love the Tea Dalek. lol
Nov. 10th, 2011 01:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I love the Tea Dalek too, but I think it's a little too crowded at this size. Hopefully a slightly bigger one will show the detail better.
Nov. 11th, 2011 12:53 pm (UTC)
these are really cute :3
love the tea-dalek and the xmas-dalek

i take it they are proper buttons as opposed to American pin-badge buttons??
Nov. 11th, 2011 01:17 pm (UTC)
Actually, these ones are pins! The most common cover buttons you can find are indeed "proper" buttons with a loop on the back to sew onto something. But you can also find ones with a blank back and glue on a pin, which is what I've done. I've found a good glue which sticks them on really well, and now I can have pins! :D
Nov. 17th, 2011 03:36 pm (UTC)
awesome :)
Cathy Champion
Jan. 6th, 2012 02:56 am (UTC)
How to center your cross stitched buttons
I thought I'd tell you how I center my cross stitched buttons. First, I back the aida cloth with a lightweight iron-on interfacing for two reasons: 1. to hide the shiny metal of the button that shows through the aida cloth (look at your angel button) and 2. to put my centering markers on. Use black interfacing for the black aida or you'll end up with a polka dot effect :( Draw around your button template with a chalk pencil and mark the center with a dot. (I made a paper copy and folded it in half in each direction to find the center, marked it on the cardboard one and punched a hole with a large pin.) Do your embroidery and cut it out. Use a teeny piece of double stick tape and put it on the back of the stitched piece. Center the button and press it down to stick. Then proceed to finish the button. I have found that the button kits that use a plastic form to put the button in before the back goes on works much better than the ones you baste around and knot (I like the Maxell button kits - buy one and then you can purchase refills.). Ta da!! A perfectly centered button with no shine through!
Jan. 6th, 2012 02:20 pm (UTC)
Re: How to center your cross stitched buttons
Thanks a lot for the tip, I'll have to try it! I had noticed the shine showing through the fabric, so I like that this method helps with that as well. I am using button kits that use a plastic form, and I've found that taking out the button to check whether it's centered before putting on the backing helps me spot and correct off-center buttons. But it'll be handy to have a method that works better. Thanks!
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