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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Tutorial - How To Make Button Clusters

Now that you've all seen my Crazy Button Quilt:


I thought I would share a tutorial on how to create Button Clusters.

Button Clusters are not only for Crazy Quilting.  They can be added to fabric bracelets, art quilts, art dolls, really anything that buttons can be sewn onto!

Step 1:  Gather some buttons!
I store my buttons in old mason jars.  They're separated by color and the jars look so pretty on a shelf in my craft storage room!

Step 2:  Determine where you want your button cluster on your piece.  In this case, I want my buttons to cascade down from the dark green patch on this Cat Doll:
Step 3:  Choose some buttons:
I like to start with a few larger buttons and buttons that are "interesting" to look at.  They will be the "focal point" buttons.

Step 4:  After choosing those "focal point" buttons, sew them down with bead thread or dental floss.  I use dental floss to attach all of my beads, buttons, charms and vintage jewelry pieces.
Once those focal point buttons are attached, start adding smaller buttons.  Overlap the buttons and be sure to use a variety of color shades.  If all the buttons are dark pink, it'll just look like a dark pink blob.  By varying the shades of pink, the buttons look more like a little flower garden.

 Step 5:  Once the buttons are attached, I like to add seed beads to cover up the threads in buttons:

3, 4 or 5 seed beads in the center of each button will add sparkle, dimension, interest and it'll cover up the thread holding the buttons on.

For the flower petals on the big purple 4 hole button, I picked up 12 seed beads for each hole and brought the thread back down in the same hole.  I added a large pink bead to the center.

Step 6:  Once you have all the buttons attached and the seed beads in the center, you can add a few little do-dads here and there like leaf charms, crystals, large beads and so on.

There's no rules here!  Just a few basics to add interest to your stitching!

You can see more of my Crazy Quilt pieces at my Boutique!

And be sure to check out my other tutorials!



8 comments:

Sandie's Patch said...

Thanks for sharing that.
Your CQ button quilt is amazing!

Sandie xx

Jojesek said...

This is a great tutorial. I have tried to imitate your button clusters just from your pictures but this helps a lot because I was using the beads on the thread I was sewing the button on with. It makes much more sense to sew the button on first. Thank you!

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Thanks for another great tutorial Pam! These are so appreciated. Connie

Terri's ThreadArt said...

Hi Pam, This is stunning!Thank you for giving my eyes such a beautiful treat!

Kim B said...

Thanks for sharing more of your fantastic tutorials and tips. I am going to try CQ again now thats its spring~I am sure you know what I mean. Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs, Kim

FireHorse3 said...

What a beautiful technique - thank you for sharing it with us :)

Deanna said...

The Crazy Button Quilt is stunning. Love the way you worked with the colors. Deanna - Skinfizzical.com

Elizabeth said...

Thanks for the tips Pam !! I love vlove my buttons and your quilt is an absolute stunner!! I could look at it for hours!!! Big Hugs!!

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