Fabric button necklaces

Fabric button necklace Fabric button necklace
I always love colourful and big necklaces. So I got an idea of a simple necklace with big fabric-covered button as the pendant. It’s not a new idea actually, there’s already a lot of button accessories everywhere, but I love making them. I think it’s a good way of using fabric scraps that are too pretty to throw away.

The pendants are made with Japanese kimono fabrics, the colours are so vibrant and they have some kind of coated sheen over it. I use vintage necklaces for the chain. The necklaces are pretty short, so I use two necklaces and connect them together.

I’ve made a series of pictures to show how I made the necklaces. It is not really a tutorial, as it is very easy and simple. I think it is more like sharing ideas on making stuff.

How I made the necklace:

Making fabric button necklace
Supplies:

  • fabric-covered buttons kit.
  • scrap of fabric for front of pendant.
  • scrap of fabric for back of pendant.
  • fabric scissors and fabric marker.
  • modpodge or its alternative. I use ‘Decoupeur’s Aqua Podge’ from Japan. You can also use thinned down PVA glue.
  • small brush to use with the podge.
  • silicone glue, i.e: E600. I use a Japanese brand.
  • pendant bail, jump rings, chain.
  • pliers.

Making fabric button necklace

There are several types of fabric-covered buttons. The one on the left is more expensive than the one on the right. I use the one on the right because the button shank can be removed.
Making fabric button necklace
The kit comes with a template. Cut the template and use it to cut the scrap fabric for the front of pendant. For the back of pendant, use the button as the template.
Making fabric button necklace
Place fabric on the kit and place button over it.
Making fabric button necklace
Push the button all the way down. Arrange the fold of fabrics around the button, making sure that there’s no overlapping folds.
Making fabric button necklace
Place the back of button and put the pusher over it. Push until the back of button clicks into place.
Making fabric button necklace
A fabric-covered button!
Making fabric button necklace
Use a plier to pull the button shank.
Making fabric button necklace
Using a small brush, cover the back of button with podge.
Making fabric button necklace
Put back fabric on the button and smooth over it. Leave to dry around an hour.

Making fabric button necklace

When it is dry, use the brush again to coat the fabric with podge. Don’t forget the edge of button where the fabric frays. The podge will dry clear.
Making fabric button necklace
There are many types of bail. I like these kind of bail tag, but since the back of button is not flat, I have to bend the bail a bit until it fits.

Making fabric button necklace
I use this plier to bend the bail.
Making fabric button necklace
Place a small bit of silicone glue on the bail.
Making fabric button necklace
Place the bail on the back of button, paying attention to the direction of your fabric pattern (if there’s any). Silicone glue is fast-drying and it will dry clear. Leave it to dry for several hours.
Making fabric button necklace
Put jump pring on the bail.
Making fabric button necklace
And a chain over the ring. I use chains from vintage necklaces. They are short, so I use two necklaces and put them together. You can also put clasp on the chain if you like.
Making fabric button necklace
A necklace!
Making fabric button necklace

Now make more!

Necklaces love

I love necklaces. And I love them colourful and loud. Dainty, small, and delicate are not my things. Here is some of my most favourite necklaces.

Necklaces

Necklaces!

These are my birds. The newest one is the yellow macrame owl, it was bought from macraMe at Etsy and just came in the mailbox today. It’s sooo cute! But my favourite is the silver hummingbird, I wore it when I met my husband for the first time ♥♥♥

Stuff with wings

Stuff with wings

Necklaces

The red enamel with big gold chain is vintage Monet and it used to belong to my mother. It was often used as photo shoot property when I worked in fashion magazine.

I bought the whistle and citrine  necklace from LoveErica at Etsy. The whistle really works! When I wear the necklace, Sidra would sneak on me and blow the whistle, startling me. 😀

The silver fish was actually a leather brooch, bought from sacaclaques at Etsy. I sewed a jumpring on its mouth and put a vintage white chain on it. It strangely looks real, like a fish caught in a hook.

Here is other vintage necklaces that used to belong to my mother. The far right one has Chinese character on it, it used to have solid perfume inside. When I was little, I loved to play with the perfume and put it anywhere. Years later, the rest of the perfume had dried,  so I cleaned it and put another solid perfume in it. I use Flying Fox solid perfume from Lush, the smells of jasmine reminds me of the old perfume.

There used to be more of my mother’s necklaces, but I’ve given them away when I moved to Japan. I only brought two big suitcases to Japan, everything else was left behind and given away.

Vintage from my motherSolid perfume

Orange bow necklace aka my Anthropologie knock-off

The orange knock-off.

Burst of chiffon necklace by Anthropologie

The real thing.

As if I don’t have enough necklaces already, yesterday I made one myself. It is actually a blatant knock-off  of the ‘Burst of chiffon’ necklace by Anthropologie (picture courtesy of Anthropologie).

The Anthropologie one is made with green chiffon, but I just used some orange fabric scraps. The colour has gradation of orange with gold-bordered round shapes on it.  This necklace was very easy to make, it’s actually just a strip of fabric ruffled in the middle. As my fabric is a bit stiffer than chiffon, the upper part is not as droopy as the Anthropologie necklace.

I use vintage gold chain with white plastic beads on it, and attached a pair of red crystal on the ends. Then I suddenly got this idea of attaching a tiny locket on one of the end. I will put tiny lovely pictures inside it! More necklace to love!

Orange bow necklace aka my Anthropologie knock-off

My own handmade knock-off!

Orange bow necklace aka my Anthropologie knock-off

Orange bow necklace aka my Anthropologie knock-off