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  • I want to make my own buttons....

    I want to make one of my name plaques (like this one) in a ballerina style as I'm going to do some ballerina-theme bunting etc.

    I've been trying to find some ballet-slipper and/or ballerina buttons to use on it that I can sew on. I've found plenty of flat-backed ballet embellishments meant for cards which I can glue onto fabric, but because it's a child's item, I would really rather they were secured by stitches and not glue.

    Does anybody out there make bespoke buttons (cheaply!) or have any suggestions?

    I thought about trying something like this : http://www.craftycomputerpaper.co.uk...-paper_987.htm but am not convinced by it - anybody tried it?
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    Originally posted by JBJB View Post

    I thought about trying something like this : http://www.craftycomputerpaper.co.uk...-paper_987.htm but am not convinced by it - anybody tried it?
    I'm not sure if what I have is the same thing as this JB but it sounds similar - mine are shrink plastic sheets that I can stamp onto, colour then shrink with a heat gun - but similar to what it says on this link, it turns it into a very hard embellishment, not something you could sew

    I'm sure you can get printable fabric-paper, I've heard of designs being printed onto it then sewn into quilts - maybe you could print your own image of a ballerina slipper onto that then print it off & sew it? I'll nip off to see if I can find the thing I'm thinking of on my puter...

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    • #3
      Try here ... http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Button-Heav...Q3amesstQQtZkm
      incywincystitches.com - Fabric buttons, button supplies and handmade accessories
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      • #4
        If printable fabric sheets of some kind are any use to you, I just googled it and loads came up, this is just one of em

        http://www.junetailor.com/photoprints.htm

        Shaz x
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        • #5
          JbJb, i was thinking alomg the same lines, although different reasons.
          I'm going to try to make some buttons, using air drying clay. rollout really thin, cut out desired shape, couple teeny holes,and paint?varnish when dry when dry.
          Might be better for you if plaques are for kids to use coloured fimo or similar, as there wouldnt be the worry of using suitable paints. (thats if imo etc, are suiable when dy for kids)
          Haven't done it yet, but thought I'd share suggestion as may be of help.

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          • #6
            I would have thought having a go with fimo may help - you can make the buttonholes before you bake them (or they can be drilled after baking). Once covered with a protective sealer, the buttons should be pretty durable.

            Pauline
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            • #7
              Thanks for your suggestions.

              I don't have time to try experimenting making my own with fimo and I already use printable fabric which isn't any good for what I need.

              Button Heaven didn't have anything ballerina-ish either incy.

              I shall just have to keep hunting. If anybody sees anything, remember this post!
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              • #8
                The only other thought that just popped into my head JB was to do with that shrink plastic stuff - you can punch holes into it before you shrink it so if you could print or stamp a ballerina slipper onto the plastic then cut it into your button shape but punch holes through before you shrink it, you could then thread ribbon or fabric or cotton through i just like a regular button

                But it shrinks a lot so your starting shape would need to be pretty big - about 7 or 8 times its final size if memory serves?

                hth even though its not exactly what you're after
                Shaz x
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                • #9
                  I've just ordered some of these ....

                  http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...MEWN:IT&ih=001

                  They're not quite what I was after, but they'll do.

                  I'll post the finished result when it's made!
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                  • #10
                    I want to make my own buttons

                    If you want buttons and don't have time to make them try Injabulo. They are a fair trade button makers in South Africa but their buttons can be bought on the internet or from large craft suppliers like Hobbycraft. They are stunning and well made and seem to come in every imaginable shape.

                    Good Luck

                    Hellflower

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