How to sew on a button

Before we get into different ways to use buttons as embellishments, I feel it is good to know how to sew on a button correctly. Materials required: Needle Button The item you wish to sew your button too. Thread (usually the colour would match your button or fabric) A pair of scissors A pair of glasses –  I need them so I can thread the needle Instructions as follows: Measure approx 1 metre of thread in a colour that matches your button or fabric and cut from spool of thread. Fold in half Thread the fold through the eye of the needle – this is why you need your glasses.… Read More

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Adding Embellishments

I hope you have enjoyed playing around with different samples of fray and cut work.  Now starts the fun stuff – adding embellishments – add your own personal touch and in the process learn various embellishing techniques. What is an embellishment – Dictionary.com defines an embellishment as  embellishment   [em-bel-ish-muh nt] – an ornament or decoration So an embellishment can be anything that you think is quirky, pretty, stunning or attractive.   It is what makes your bag your own.  It could be buttons, beads, string, shells, stitched patterns.  It can be anything you like. When I add embellishments to my samples there are some things to keep in mind  Don’t sew on anything… Read More

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Cut work and the fray effect

Hopefully you have had a go at experimenting with the fray effect.  Lets take this one step further. Cut 2 pieces of recycled denim (from your jean legs) approx 6 x 6 inch.  I would use either 2 different coloured jean legs to give contrast or if using the same jean leg – turn one upside down.  Lay the two pieces on top of each other and draw a basic design on the top piece.  Stitch along the lines of your drawn design – stitching through both layers of jeans.  (Think about how to use the warp and weft to your advantage.   Straight sewing along the warp and the weft… Read More

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What is the “Fray Effect”

Use the “Fray Effect” to your advantage to create that Shabby Chic look that is currently the height of fashion. When cloth or fabric is made, threads called warp threads, run the length of the cloth to be.  A weft thread is then woven over and under one or several warp threads. These weft threads interacting over and under each other, create the structure of the cloth when they are packed tightly against each other. With denim, the threads are woven over two warp threads and under one. This is called a twill weave and gives denim that diagonal look.  If you look closely at denim you will notice that… Read More

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Deconstructing Denim Jeans

Your first task is to deconstruct a pair or two of Denim Jeans. to make your “What Knots” bag. Materials required: Denim Jeans, A sharp pair of scissors and a quick unpick , Make sure your recycled jeans are washed and clean. If it has some marks and stains on it (like paint stains or grease stains etc) that’s okay – depending on who the bag is for, these marks can be used to an advantage. Check your jeans for any cool labels, tags on the inside of your jeans and be aware of these while you deconstruct your jeans. You don’t want to be cutting through them. Look for unusual… Read More

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