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Buttons – Help!

We’ve had a bit of a re-arrange in the house (the boy did this while I went home, but I’ve only just finished sorting out everything in all rooms except his office. Its too scary.) and its meant that I looked in my crafting drawers for the first time in a long time

One thing that struck me – I have a lot of buttons and I need to find something to do with them.

This is my main button stash – I have those wooden Fira drawers (Not sure on the name, but so annoyed Ikea have stopped selling them – they’re brilliant and I quite like putting them together.) and this takes up a whole drawer.

I’ve also got these plastic buttons that are all different shapes, like stars, bows, hats, etc.

I’ve not been very crafty at all lately, but with so much free time, I think I should try and use up some of my stash! Any ideas?

Ribbons and Pearls

A quick make this evening, to match my outfit this weekend (I bought a lovely grey satin and black jersey dress, oops!)
I saw a necklace in Topshop recently where it had some large beads tied onto a ribbon. It looked really cool, but as a crafting type person, I just couldn’t spend £15 on something that I could do myself.
On my way home today, I stopped by Primark (oh my GOSH I love the new Bristol store.) and picked up a £2 faux pearl necklace, which had larger beads in the middle and gradually got smaller. I cut the string, and chose the 7 large beads from the middle of the necklace. With a drill bit, I made the holes larger, and threaded the pearls onto a bit of ribbon I had. A knot after each bead, and I soon ended up with this:

So instead of spending £15, I spent about £2.50. Which totally justifies buying my new dress, right?

Quick iPhone Case

Its been a while since I’ve used the sewing machine (I was kinda put off since making ~20 meters of bunting for Lou and Naths wedding!) but I thought I should do something with this material which has been lurking around for about 3 years. I’ve put aside the main part of it for a work skirt, but there was more than enough left over to make a little iPhone case.


I cut the inner felt pocket about an inch larger all around the iPhone.


The outer fabric (the striped one) was cut larger than the felt – I was going to put some stuffing into the case to give it a bit more protection.


Sewing up the inner pocket


Stitching the inner pocket to the outer one. I left the bottom of the inner pocket unstiched so I could turn it inside out.


The finished item. I ended up not stuffing it, as it seemed that it would be too tight, but the case itself was a little larger than planned – which is fine, cause now I can tuck my headphones inside! If I were to make it again, I would probably make the outer layer larger, and perhaps make the inner layer smaller, to allow for the padding.

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