Friday, February 13, 2015

Shabby Vintage Button Brooch - a how to

This is a project I have had on my mind for a long time and now I am glad I did it.
The buttons you see here are the most favourite in my vintage button collection - they are all very old with the exception of 2-3 of the small buttons. I have long wanted to use them in a project and I believe this brooch is a fantastic way to display them all in one place.
This also makes a frugal and easy, last minute gift to make so here's how I did it:
1. Collect buttons you want to use in this project. Put them on a piece of paper.
2. Draw a heart or any other shape you want the brooch / patch to be. I made a provisional design here - as you can see from the final version - I have changed the position of the buttons.

3. Cut the drawing, place it on fabric and cut it out. Since my buttons were heavy gathered together, I cut 4 pieces. I planned the pinks to be on the outside.

4. I sew the pieces with the faces inside, left a hole to turn the heart inside out and at the end sewed that hole up. 

5. I cut out another heart shaped patch and glued it onto the top. I wanted a shabby look for my brooch so I left it fraying.  
6-6a. I glued the buttons on top of that patch.
7. I glued a brooch pin at the back. That's it!

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Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

So pretty and unique! Happy Valentine's Day to you.

handmade by amalia said...

What an excellent tutorial! I really like projects that I can finish in a day with things I already have around the house. Thanks for sharing.

Anastasia Ivy said...

This is a cool idea, and you did an awesome job at explaining with pictures. I love those buttons! I want to borrow them and make clay stamps. Please? Lol

Maya Kuzman said...

Thank you Su! Happy Valentine's!

Maya Kuzman said...

That makes two of us Amalia. I adore quick projects!

Maya Kuzman said...

I'm glad you like it :)
You can borrow them anytime you like :)

tesselleelle said...

Veramente simpatici questi cuori, grazie per l'idea, anch'io ho kili di bottoni da utilizzare....quasi quasi ci provo!

Un abbraccio,

homemade@myplace said...

soooo awesome!!!!!
xxxxx Ale

Unknown said...

Supercool idea Maya and a unique piece is the result!
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Ana Love Craft said...

Beautiful and original! The buttons are stunning!
Hope you have a wonderful week!
Hugs and love from Portugal,
Ana Love Craft

Maya Kuzman said...

So glad you like the idea Laura!

Maya Kuzman said...

Thanks Ale!

Maya Kuzman said...

I am happy I made it Ira :)

Maya Kuzman said...

My thoughts exactly Ana! Thank you !

Maya Kuzman said...

My thoughts exactly Ana! Thank you !