I love DIY jewelry. I pin a lot of it, and I don’t always have time to make them. In January I start student teaching, on top of my job of teaching culinary classes at a local community college, I’m going to be super busy. So, I wanted to get some of the crafts I’ve been drooling over made before all that business starts.
Here is my finished project: I used some fabric scraps that I had lying around, so it made it even cheaper.
All you need to make these is some needle nose pliers, a glue gun, fabric scraps, earring posts, and fabric buttons, (the actual kit, not the refills) For mine I used the 5/8″ as well as the 3/4″ for different sizes.
Here is the fabric I used:
And here is the fabric button kit:
Oops, thats actually the refill I bought to make more, but you need to buy the kit first, because it has this in it, which you need:
These are the little tools you need to actually wrap the fabric around the button and fit in the back piece.
Now that you have your supplies, the first thing you need to do is rip off the little piece on the back of the button, or in my case, if you’re too dumb to figure out how or don’t have enough strength to rip it out, just bending it flat with the pliers will work as well:
The first thing you need to do is cut out the fabric circle. Most fabric buttons will have a pattern on the back of the box you can cut out and use. Mine only had half a circle for some reason, so I just folded my fabric in half and cut on the fold for one piece.
Then, you place the fabric (right side down) and the top part of the button in the white bowl like shaped piece.
Push it down. You want to make sure that the fabric is centered well. if there’s too little on one side, it might stick out.
Then, using the other piece (mine’s blue, I don’t know if they’re all like that) push the back of the button in, making sure that all the fabric edges are folded so they fit underneath it. Push hard. (or just normally if you don’t have puny strength like me.)
I couldn’t get a photo of that step, as I had to use both hands, but this is what it will look like when it’s done. You’ll hear it snap into place. Then, you just pop out the button.
Now, you need to plug in your glue gun and flip over the earrings. (Ideally, you would have plugged in your glue gun a few minutes earlier, so you wouldn’t have to wait for it to warm up.)
You add a little bit of glue to the center of the earring, and place the post on. Then let dry/cool, obviously.
And boom, you’ve got some pretty cute earrings!
I think the only thing I would do differently in the future is not buy the cheap-o earring posts. I have semi-sensitive ears so these ones but mine a little bit. (Although dipping your earring posts in vasaline helps coat them so they don’t bug your ears so much!)
I hope this tutorial was a little better than the one from last week, which was pretty much just photos of the finished product.