Embellishments (3) – Attaching fabric-covered buttons to hexies

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Top: Pinwheel Hexie with whip-stitched flat button *** Left: Flower Hexie with fabric-covered four-hole button *** Right: Flower Hexie with button-decorated, rimmed one-hole button
Top: Pinwheel Hexie with whip-stitched flat button *** Left: Flower Hexie with fabric-covered four-hole button *** Right: Flower Hexie with button-decorated, rimmed one-hole button


Embellishing the centers of our hexies is not only about making them pretty, but also about securing and protecting them. Without adequate embellishment, they might easily fray and tear apart. Just like couching, sewing on buttons is ideal.

On this page:
Materials and tools today
Sewing on a button – the quick way 🙂
Sewing on the fabric-covered four-hole button
Sewing on a fabric-covered button – invisibly
Sewing on a fabric-covered button – very visibly 😉
For you to do
Next time

Materials and tools today

  • some hexies, ready to have their centers embellished
  • the buttons you made
  • sewing/embroidery material and tools (a thimble might be helpful)
  • scissors
  • if you have some, small buttons or beads for decoration

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Sewing on a button – the quick way

To begin with, I’ll sew on a normal plastic button – with thick crochet yarn, but you can also use embroidery yarns.

The advantage is that I need to go only once through the holes and still have multiple threads holding the button securely on the fabric. The most important part is tying a really tight knot (= two half knots; a half knot is what you start with when tying your shoelaces).

And yes, that’s also how I often sew buttons onto garments or other textiles 🙂 The thick thread also gives the button that little extra space it needs to sit nicely on top of the buttonhole.

Sewing on the fabric covered four-hole button

I do it exactly as if it were a normal button. Here I used stranded cotton; the crochet yarn would have been too thick to pass through the fabric.

It can take a bit of probing and patience to find the first hole in the hidden plastic base, but once you got that, you can estimate where the others are.

Sewing on a fabric-covered button – invisibly

I’m using the one-hole button with a rim. I want to emphasize the rim by tying the fabric down at the center of the button, for instance with a small button (or a bead or sequin) or a little cross stitch.

As this is only decoration (and actually can be done beforehand), the button needs to be attached securely and invisibly in a different way, with small Ladder Stitches (as shown) or Whip Stitches.

Sewing on a fabric covered button – very visibly

Instead of using sewing thread and hiding the stitches, I’m using embroidery thread. You can do this with different stitches (for instance Whip Stitch, Herringbone, Buttonhole) but need to adapt them a bit – it’s not possible the normal way because of the plastic base. You’ll see what I mean.

For you to do

Try, test, play around and see how you can get the buttons onto your hexies!

Next time

On Friday Saturday = Day 11 I’ll show you how to make the last one-and-a-half  – the Plain Hexies.

You don’t need to pre-cut anything (I’ll show you a different method), but you’ll need the Large or Small Plain Hexie Template. If you only want to make a large Plain Hexie, you can also use the small Flower Hexie template.

Else:

  • fabric (two scraps for one hexie – any colour or pattern, or different, we’re not going to embroider it)
  • marking pen or pencil/sharpener
  • sewing thread and needle
  • scissors for cardboard and fabric
  • pins or safety pins

If you have any questions, please post them in the comments 🙂

Maria

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