Quick Vintage Button Necklace – Tutorial

I love home-made jewellery.  You get to create designs to suit your style and when someone admires it you can proudly say “I made it myself!”

Today I’m going to show you how to make a quick, quirky vintage button necklace.  It really is super simple!

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Lately I’ve been raiding my jewellery drawer to find old, broken, or “out of fashion” pieces that I haven’t worn in ages.  A few days ago I found a bracelet that I’ve never worn. It had a pretty piece of floral chiffon type fabric woven into it so I pulled it out and thought, yep I can make something out of that!

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Have a dig through your own jewellery stash or just snip some fabric from an old dress, sheer curtains, or any type of airy material.  Go on a rummage at your local charity/thrift shop and scoop some vintage-y buttons.  A bit of felt and a hot glue gun are the last two ingredients required to make this snazzy piece.  Ready? Get to it!

You will need:

  • 2 thin pieces of fabric long enough to tie around your neck
  • a piece of felt in your choice of colour, cut into a wide triangle shape
  • loads of vintage buttons, beads, fabric rosettes, whatever you fancy!
  • hot glue gun

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How to make your necklace:

  1. Lay your buttons out on top of your felt until you are happy with the arrangement. Don’t be afraid to overlap or experiment with different sizes and shapes of buttons!
  2. Using little dabs of hot glue, glue each button in place.  Working from the middle outward helps.
  3. Grab your strips of fabric and tie a knot at one end of each piece, leaving about an inch of fabric loose at the end of each knot.
  4. Flip your felt/button piece over and hot glue the one inch loose end (the end with the knot in it) of each piece of fabric to each side of the felt triangle.
  5. Ta da! All done and ready to wear!

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I feel pretty! How about you? 🙂

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Sew Sweet

Thanks to Ikea (and a small miracle) I am the proud owner of a new sewing machine.  I have to be honest – I am rubbish at sewing.

In junior high as part of our home economics class we were taught to sew. I actually produced a rather fetching red and yellow summer dress. I have since forgotten just about every basic sewing step. At the very least, I can thread the machine.

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I’ve found that online tutorials do little to help me – I just don’t get the concepts or terminology even with instructions loaded with photos.

So I simply wing it instead.

Today I wanted to make a little drawstring bag for Zoie. She’s 2 and storing treasures is what she’s all about.

I freehand cut letters out of felt and zigzagged stitched them to a Laura Ashley remnant I had in my craft stash.

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It was crooked as can be, but the letters stayed on and that’s all that mattered!

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So my stitches on the felt were manic, but the stitching along the top came out quite nice, methinks.

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I threaded some sheer ribbon through the top and voila, a lovely treasure bag, rather handy for toting around favourite bedtime stories.

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For me, this basic little bag was a trial in patience and a steady hand. If you actually would like to make one of your own, try this tutorial from the original craft guru, Martha.

With a little more practice I might soon get the hang of this! 🙂

New additions

My owl family has grown by two.

Meet Imogen. A sweet little owl bank (sorry piggy) scooped from the local supermarket.

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I will be using her to collect toward a holiday treat for myself in honor of my upcoming, ahem, 2nd 29th birthday.

Savings so far: 10 pence

I’m staying optimistic!

And now to introduce the newest family member…

Meet T2.

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Tarquin lives on in this little guy. He’s pint sized but perfect.

Owls. I am even more fond of them than I thought!  My girls have owl pyjamas, owl hats, owl wall stickers, and even owl bedsheets!

And I now have my heart set on a very fetching owl sweater I spied this weekend in a shop window. This may become an addiction….

Farewell Tarquin

Today’s post was supposed to be titled “Tarquin goes to school”.

This is Tarquin.

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Last night, I gave my little owl friend a mini makeover. I added some stitches around his wings and repaired one googly eye that had popped off and rolled across the room. When I had finished he was looking very spiffy indeed!

This is Tarquin this morning.

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He was happily hanging out with his bookend owl buddies.

Then I had a not-so-bright idea.  Let’s send Tarquin to school.

I got him all ready to go,

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and off he went.

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Sadly, Tarquin never returned home. My forlorn five year old informed me after school that Tarquin had disappeared somewhere between the playground pirate ship and the dining hall.

I will admit that my bottom lip quivered.

I’d like to think that dear Tarq has gone travelling home in some other child’s bookbag and will have many great adventures…

In the meantime I can only say, farewell my friend.

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Owl always love u

Owls.

They are a little bit creepy, but I like them. Especially the colorful cartoon versions.

And Hedwig, of course.

Recently, I’ve noticed that I have been amassing a small collection of owl ephemera.

Like these:

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A mobile phone case from a craft market in Brussels, a coin purse from my local high street shop,  and a teeny little notebook from Paperchase which currently stocks the most amazing collection of owl bits and bobs.

Today I was feeling ambitious and fired
up my glue gun. I grabbed some felt and googly eyes and made myself an owl friend.

I shall call him Tarquin.

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He looks like a Tarquin, doesn’t he? 🙂