I love buttons and beads, as you know. So why not combine them?? These super cute flowers are really easy to make and look so pretty. They are also nice and quirky – I certainly haven’t seen them in any … Continue reading
I love buttons, the lovely bright colours and the fun shapes. I also hate boring clothes so a couple of years ago I sewed some fab new buttons to a plain back cardigan, and then another purple one with crayon buttons. I think they are really fun and quirky and I thought I’d show you how to make one yourself.
First you need to carefully cut the original buttons off the cardigan. Choose the correct amount of buttons and use some creativity to decide which ones you are going to use in what order. Bright colours work best on black cardigans, if you have a coloured cardigan use colours that complement the colour, so if you are using red, try using purple, orange or pink buttons, if you are using a blue cardigan, use green, turquoise or purple buttons. Thread your needle and tie the end into a sturdy knot. Do a couple of stitches where you want to put the button to secure the thread.Thread on the button and sew through a couple of times. Tie a couple of knots to secure the button and then do the same for the other buttons.
That’s it! I chose to use some fun kids buttons, in a rainbow of colours. Here is the other cardigan, a purple one with a set of crayon shaped buttons. Another thing to check is that the buttons go through the holes.
Love, Mrs Gardom
Remember way back in December when I showed you how to make Beaded Heart Decorations? Well I hope you enjoyed it because to make this awesome garland you are going to need a lot! There is something about dangling decorations that draws people, and a garland is a lovely way to brighten up a whole wall without any lasting damage! It is quite a lengthy process, but I find sitting and making a beaded heart watching the telly is a lovely way to relax and you get something fabulous out of it!
Okay, so you need to make a lot of beaded hearts, about thirty, follow the instructions on my blog for Beaded Heart Decorations . As these are hung from each other the best way to finish the beads is to make a loop when you start, then thread on all your beads leaving about half a cm, make the heart shape and thread the left over wire through the other loop and squeeze it shut.When you are making hearts try and coordinate your colours, for example red, purple and orange or blue, turquoise and silver. Here are some examples I made.
Cut a length of each colour of wool to about 3 metres (or however long the wall you want to cover is). Tie the three strands together, use the safety pin to pin the knot to your leg or a sofa arm, and plait the colours together. Tie off the plait.Now tie a small length of invisible thread (5-10cm) to the bottom of one heart with a small double knot, then tie this through the top loop of another heart. Carry on this process to make a length of beaded hearts strung together with invisible thread, 4-6 hearts look best. Make as many of these lengths as you can. Tie a 5cm length of invisible thread to the top loop of the top heart of each length of beaded hearts.
Hang the wool plait on your wool, securing either end with a drawing pin. Then tie each length of beaded hearts to the plait with a secure knot at 15cm intervals.There we go! You have a beautiful beaded heart garland! You can keep adding hearts and lengths of hearts to the wool as and when you fancy. I think these look really lovely and you can choose to use a mix of colours or colours that complement your colour scheme.
Love, Mrs Gardom
I made these beaded heart decorations for our christmas tree this year and used red, gold, clear and pearl beads. They would also be lovely to hang as decorations all round the year, in colours to match your room.You will need wire, thin enough to thread beads onto, round nose pliers, wire cutters, invisible thread and beads. Beads can be quite expensive from haberdashery shops so I would suggest buying cheap jewelery with small beads from shops like Primark and using those beads, also try stationery shops like The Works, who often sell nice sets of beads for a couple of pounds.
Choose a set of colours, no more than 4 to keep it simple and measure about 20cm of wire for large decorations, and 15cm for smaller decorations. Cut your wire and fold it in half, using your pliers to squeeze the middle into a neat V shape. Start threading your beads, make sure you use a variety of colours and sizes.
Thread the beads on one side of the heart, leaving about an inch of wire free, use the pliers to squeeze the wire, stopping the beads from slipping off. Do the same for the other side of your heart.Then join both ends of the wire with a twist and bend into a heart shape.
Twist the ends of the wires tightly together and then fold the twisted wire into a loop, securing it by squeezing the loop with the pliers.
You can try different wire shapes, like stars, but hearts are easy enough to shape and look lovely.
Enjoy, Love Mrs Gardom