Sunday, 28 April 2013

Sunday DIY (Inspiration) - Buttons As Embellishments

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Since I've been ill and feeling sorry for myself most of the week (cue violins) I haven't had the chance to create my normal weekly step-by-step DIY tutorial for you. Instead of just skipping today, because Sunday DIY's are my favourite blogging day of the week, I've found a project I completed a long time ago (I'm talking at least five years!) to show you in the hope that it may still give you a little DIY inspiration.

The idea for this cardigan originally came from a piece I saw in the Oxford Circus Topshop where various shapes had been stitched onto tops using buttons. Since we've always had a huge stash of  buttons at home I decided to attempt to make my own version. As you can see from the photographs I created a bow design on the front of this light grey (Primark) cardigan using buttons in all different sizes, shapes and colours stitched on with a variety of coloured threads. 

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This project is a really simple one that anyone can DIY! All you need is a top of some sort, lots of buttons, a needle/threads and an idea of what shape you'd like to create. You can use a fabric pen or chalk to mark out the shape onto the top first, or you can just make it up as you go along like I did. As long as you know the basic technique for sewing on a button then with a little time and patience you will be able to make something similar (but, if you can't stand the thought of sewing then I'm sure a good fabric glue would work too!)

Here are a few ideas to inspire you if you want to make your own...

- add buttons around the neckline of a t-shirt or jumper to create a faux collar
- for a more unusual shape create the outline of your favourite country or state
- think of the buttons as polka dots and stitch them randomly all over the top instead of trying to stick to a set shape
- if you don't fancy shapes at all make a monogram top with your initial or spell out a word
- if you like things a bit more uniform go for an ombre look by choosing buttons within one colour family
- for a more edgy look try studs instead of buttons, for something sparkly try beads or sequins

If I were going to attempt a version 2 of this project I would definitely go for a round-neck jumper and combine the faux collar and ombre ideas, but I'd love to know which design idea you would choose so don't forget to leave a comment below!

As always I'd love to hear from you if you try out this or any other project from my DIY Archives!
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