Make a keepsake from an old treasured garment or a family heirloom. Create a beautiful personal necklace in a just a few minutes without any fancy tools.
I´ve kept boxes upon boxes with my angel grandmothers old linen, embroidery and crochet. Due to having hardly any space to store it all, I´ve had to get rid of most of it, but a few pieces are still with me.
Unfortunately I never met my grandmother, but I´ve been told that she would spend hours with her crafts. It´s such a shame not to use any of her creations, but I just haven’t found any use of them. Some of you might think cutting into them is a sacrilege, and I agree, but it is even sadder to have them packed down in boxes. I´ve been following the artist Mira Bodiroza on instagram for a while, and she posted her beautiful button necklace so I got inspired to try it out for myself.
The how to:
1. Choose a button or any other object to cover
I used a metal cover button with a metal back closing, as I wanted the nice finish on the reverse side. I guess you could do this on any round object, or any shape at all for that matter.
2. Cut out a shape that is about 5 mm larger than the size of the button.
I have to admit, it was a bit fiddly with the embroidered cushion and the threads coming loose. I had to test out a few pieces before it worked.
3. Baste stitch around the edge and pull together the fabric.
4. Add the backing to the button.
The embroidery fabric was quite thick and it was impossible to press together. You are supposedly only meaning to press it together with a bobbin, but that didn’t work for me, I had to use the only thing I had at hand, a mortar. In the end I almost ruined the closing trying to hammer it together, and I turned to superglue as my saviour. Ah I love glue. It really saves the day. What I really enjoyed about making the buttons:
– No specialty tools needed
– A versatile look and the little gem can be used as a pin, earrings, etc
Now I can always carry around a little piece of my grandma and I really like the result.