How to Embroider Your Own Buttonscomments (25) March 18th, 2009
Yea! I'm embroidering again! It feels like ages since I've had the chance to post an embroidery project, but as soon as I heard we were doing buttons, I knew I could work my crafty love into the theme. Here are three ways to add embroidery to fabric-covered buttons, turning them from simple button to art piece in less than an hour.
Here's what you'll need:
- Scrap fabric (solids or patterns, whatever you like)
- Circle template or compass and paper
- Embroidery floss (I used six-strand floss for the bunny and flower and pearl cotton floss for the lazy daisies)
- Covered-button kit (I used a 1-1/2-inch button kit)
I used 1-1/2-inch covered-button forms. For a button this size, you will need a circle that's 2-1/2 inches in diameter. If you use a different size button, use the pattern on the back of the package as the guide for the circle you need to draw.
1. Use the printed pattern on your fabric for your embroidery.
This works best with small, defined patterns like the bunny-printed fabric I had in my scrap box. Make sure the featured part of your pattern is centered and will fit on the front of your button.
Use contrasting colors to make your embroidery pop!
2. Draw your own pattern onto the fabric.
This works best on a solid-color fabric or a fabric with a muted pattern.
To do the stacked fly stitch, begin with a detatched chain stitch, then start your next stitch on the side of your chain, bringing it over to the other side of the chain. Bring your floss up through the fabric at the locking stitch of your chain.
3. Doodle-stitch your button cover.
Couldn't you just see a bunch of these daisy buttons scattered all over a sweater like the one from Kayte's post last week! Beautiful!
After you make this project, show off your work to other members!
Post your project in the gallery