Vintage theme crafts always inspire me. Making a vintage button necklace has been on my 'to-make' list for a long time but due to lack of vintage buttons I was never able to make one. Finally, last month I started my own 'Vintage button collection mission'. I didn't want to buy them, cause it would be so less interesting, right? Anyways, I started asking my friends, family members to give me vintage buttons if they had any. Well.... I had to steal a few from my moms collection and old sweaters! ........ she knows now :p
With the help of this ible you'll be able to make vintage button necklace like a pro! Check it out :)
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Step 1: Materials Needed
To make this necklace you'll need:
- Vintage buttons- enough to make a necklace,
- Cutting pliers,
- Rexine or faux leather,
- Satin ribbon,
- Sewing scissors,
- Hot glue (gun),
- Faux pearl beads.
Step 2: Choosing Buttons and Creating Pattern
Choose buttons for the necklace. Keep buttons of different sizes, colors and types. And of course the combination should be nice, so keep that in mind as well.
Before gluing the buttons on the base fabric, arrange them on a flat surface and try to create a nice pattern. Keep the pattern you like in your mind or take a picture.
Step 3: Preparing the Buttons
Most vintage buttons usually have a small loops on their back. With the help of the cutting pliers you can cut the loops off.
Try to cut off them neatly and make the bottom of the button as flat as possible.
Cut off the loops of all the buttons you will need for making the necklace.
Step 4: Attaching the Ribbon Closure
Measure and cut enough rexine to make the necklace.
Prepare satin ribbon, we'll use this for the closure. Cut enough satin ribbon to tie a bow knot at the back of your neck. I took 20 inches long satin ribbon. Burn both ends of the ribbon after cutting it.
Glue the satin ribbon with the rexine or faux leather as shown in the picture.
Keep even amount of ribbon on both sides of the rexine or faux leather.
Step 5: Adding the Buttons
Time to glue the buttons.
Apply hot glue on the back side of the button and quickly place the button on it's position (on the rexine).
Do not glue the buttons on a straight row. Create a slightly curvy pattern like I did.
Step 6: Adding Beads
I didn't have small buttons but I had to fill the small empty spaces.
After gluing all the buttons, add some faux pearl beads to fill the small spaces.
Step 7: Trimming and Completing
Trim fabric neatly near the border of the buttons so that it can't be seen. Use sewing scissors to cut the rexine or faux leather.
Burn the top side of the trimmed fabric to secure the satin fabric.
It looks stunning, right? I'm happy with how it turned out and I've already planned to make more vintage button necklaces.