Fabric button making

Hi again,

Today, I thought I would show you guys some of the equipment I have for my embroidery and also my first fabric button!

First, the two embroidery hoops that I own. This image is kind of zoomed in, but the larger one is actually only 5″ in diameter. If you’ve read my last post, you’ll notice that I had A LOT of excess fabric around what I was actually stitching. The smaller one you see there is 3″ and it’s much more suitable for the size that I usually embroider.

I think the only downside is that it’s a bit awkward to hold but it’s fine haha.

EmbroideryHoops

Now my button makers! I bought this from my Daiso store and the button is 38mm in size which is the largest I own.

LargeButtonMaker

My medium button maker which is 27mm in diameter, also from Daiso.

MediumButtonMaker

And my smallest button maker, 23mm in diameter. I bought this from my craft store (Spotlight NZ) and AS YOU CAN TELL THE QUALITY IS VERY DIFFERENT. The backings of the buttons are plastic, and the actual “pusher’s” plastic is different and a lot harder to use.

I bought these first because Daiso didn’t have their button makers in stock at the time – BUT luckily I checked yesterday because they were back in stock hehe.

SmallButtonMaker


Aaand now my first fabric button! The character Pocha Peng is used here because someone commented on my Instagram post that they would hope to see more of it.

PochaPeng button


Using the 3″ hoop, I placed the fabric in and made sure it was taut.┬áIf you look closely, you’ll see that I have drawn two circles and then Pocha Peng in the middle.

The larger circle is a template from the Daiso button making kits, and I just traced around the button for the smaller one. I also outline the character in darker thread, filling it in with lighter threads.

Embroidery

Then cut out the larger circle, and I cut out another smaller one to glue over the back. This is to make sure when I make the button, you won’t be able to see the metal underneath as this fabric isn’t the most opaque.

Preparing the fabric

Carefully arrange the fabric face down, and then place the button cover on top of it. (This is what it looks like from underneath)

Placing in button maker

*Excuse the watermark, this was taken from my instagram. ANYWAY, once the button cover is pushed, you have to pull the fabric and gather it reallllly tight. Then place the backing and push it all together.

Pushing the button

Pop it out and you’ll end up something like this.

PochaPeng button


Enjoy!

I hope to make more buttons haha

 

-Cyn

 

[2017]Short Update

Hello there,

With university finally over and the break in between my work, I’ve picked up on embroidery. So far, it seems like I’m just colouring with thread and I thought I’d show you guys some of the pieces I’ve worked on so far.

As usual, I start off any new craft with Totoro.

Totoro

And then I thought I’d craft some Neko Atsume. As you can see, I was experimenting with the textures that different stitches would create.

NekoAtsume Butt

Now something new, a character called Pocha Peng. I discovered this character through a sticker set on a chatting app. This was actually the first thing I made when I started to embroider. You can see my stitches are kind of messy.

Pocha peng dinosaur

And finally, this is my current work in progress. These images are all from the instagram account of the creator. You can see my pencil marks and outline, I think I’ll be finishing this piece sometime today

4PochaPengCat

I’m thinking of buying a smaller embroidery hoop and potentially turning these pieces into patches. So far I kind of just have all these pieces of cloth with a character in the middle and it really seems like I’m wasting 90% of the fabric.

I was also thinking about buying a small fabric button maker/different types of fabric so I can create smaller pieces that are actually wearable – who knows!

On a side note, now that I’m finished being a student I’m admiring those who can actually make a living out of what they create. These days, creating things from clay isn’t the same as what it used to be. I constantly feel like I need to spend my time on honing on my skills so I can find a job in my degree…

I also find that I’m not as inspired as I used be – but I really hope to start making things as a hobby and potentially starting up my etsy again. We will see what happens hehe.

For now, let’s just see if I can post more updates on my blog hahaha

As usual, thanks for reading!

-Cyn