To kick off my Handmade Holiday series, I'm sharing these scrap-friendly covered button earrings.
Supplies needed: covered button kit, earring posts, E6000 adhesive, scissors, pliers, pencil, small fabric scraps
Cost: ~$10.00 for 3 pair of earrings
Time: 10-15 minutes, plus drying time
If you've not used a covered button kit before, you'll find that the back of the packaging is very instructive. It also includes a template for cutting your fabric.
Cut out the button pattern from the packaging and trace the circle onto your fabric. You'll need two circles to make a pair of earrings.
For each earring, you'll need one circle of fabric, one button front, and one button back. You'll also be using the mold and the pusher from the button kit to assemble these.
Center your fabric circle over the clear plastic mold and place the button front on it, face down. Using the blue pusher, pus the button front down into the mold.
See how all of the fabric is tucked around the button front? Now you'll place a button back on top of this, and use the pusher to push it in until you feel it click into place.
You'll need to remove the shank from the back of the button. Using a pair of pliers, squeeze on either side of the shank loop as shown below and squeeze gently. This will release it and it should pull away easily.
The button kit comes in odd quantities. My kit had 7, which is an awkward amount for pairs of earrings. You can always buy two kits and solve this problem, or consider that 7th button as insurance in case you screw one up. At any rate, here are my 6 earrings.
Place a dot of E6000 adhesive on the button back and push an earring post into the glue.
Let the glue dry overnight, and you have a lovely gift for someone you love...or to keep for yourself!