Binding Like A Pro!

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Bind It All Basics + Bonus classes tonight!!

Hopefully you'll continue binding like pros after this!!

Want to take this same class? I'm teaching it at the following locations:

Pink Pineapple Scrapbooks
April 11, 1009

The Scrappin' Table
May 13, 2009

Collective Journey
TBA (June 2009)

I posted my first page for the Lucky Thirteen Circle Journal Project!!!

It includes a covered button tutorial in case you want to get into those–they are 50% off this week at Joann's so now is the time! This site also has them for a good price. Check out my page on the Lucky Thirteen blog. And here is the tutorial (get ready to see some of these in classes!!):

Covered Button Tutorial:

You can get button cover kits at any crafts store and sometimes even at garage sales and thrift stores. They come in a little kit for under $3 and in all different sizes. They don't look like much in the package but you can cover them with anything to make them spectacular — if you can bend it, you can cover the button with it. Think fabric, felt, paper, crepe paper, tulle, canvas…

To get started you'll need the button kit, scissors, and some material to cover the button with. Here I am using yellow crepe paper and some pink tulle.

Set up the button tool (pretty simple, just put it on the table).
The layer you want on top you'll need to lay down first. I wanted the tulle on top so I put that down first:
Then put down the next layer (if any). If you're using just fabric, then you can skip this step. Since crepe paper is thin, I used four layers of it.
After you have you fabric laid out, press the button into the tool.

This is what it should look like after you have pressed the button into the tool:

You can trim the excess fabric away with some scissors but leave enough to be tucked into the back of the button, about 1/4″ all the way around.

Stuff all the excess fabric that is hanging over the edges into the back of the button – make sure you catch all the edges otherwise they will poke out on the front:

Press the button back into the button tool , using the blue part of the tool to press it in all the way.

To get the button out, press on the bottom of the tool until the button pops out (ignore my inky, glimmer misted fingers – hehe).

Here's what the finished product looks like:
Until tomorrow, Happy Creating!

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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4 thoughts on “Binding Like A Pro!

  1. I had a great time and learned some new tricks ( although I may remain kinky) – thanks Jennifer! I may even make a mini-book!

    Posted on April 10, 2009 at 3:09 pm
  2. cool tutorial, I may have to try that!

    have a great weekend!

    Posted on April 10, 2009 at 4:28 pm
  3. how tricky of you! loved the button thing-a-ma-jig whatchamacallit.

    Posted on April 10, 2009 at 9:23 pm
  4. I love my bind it all…. looks like a great class!

    Posted on April 10, 2009 at 11:35 pm