Thank you for stopping by today. Here is a very easy Valentine craft that you still have time to make before the big day. You can use this idea for other occasions, too. It is so easy that I am almost embarrassed to show you. So read how to make your easy peasy Valentine magnets.
Whenever I go to estate sales, garage sales and thrift stores I pick up packages of the metal buttons that you can cover. These buttons are available to people sewing who want to match their buttons to their garment. You use a swatch of your garment fabric and make your custom buttons. I think you can still buy them but not as inexpensively as finding them at garage sales and thrift stores.
I dug through my stash and pulled out the ones that were about 1″ in diameter or larger. Some of them were the Buttonsnapp and others were actual buttons with a metal shank.
The ones that are buttons often just have a wire for the shank portion. You can see it in the 2nd photo and in the third photo I have removed it. I just took a pliers and squeezed it and it popped right out.
Now that we have found our buttons, you need to cut circles 1/4″ or more larger around than the button. Often there are templates on the back of the packages. I used muslin and parts of an old dresser linen that had holes in it.
I covered the button by tucking the fabric around the teeth when it was upside down. Sometime they have a little kit in the package that helps with this step. Then when you have it as smooth as possible, you pop the back in. It snaps tight and is very hard to get apart so make sure you are satisfied with how it looks before putting the back on to the button.
Now I tried 2 methods for making these. The first time I stamped my design on the fabric using a rubber stamp and ink from my hoard supplies. I then tried to center it on the button while it was upside down and I found that it was harder to center. Then I got a great idea! Cover the button and then stamp it. It was easy to get it centered and made making them quite fast.
Lastly I glued on button magnets from Wal-Mart using E-6000 glue. The magnets are under $6.00 for a package of 55 so a great price. These magnets are strong!
Some of these buttons have a curved top and some totally flat. I found either style worked fine. I can see making these for Christmas and other occasions. What do you think?
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Wishing each of you a great journey in your hunt for vintage items and make sure to have fun along the way!
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