Thursday, February 11, 2010

How to make a button covered headband with a recycled t-shirt inspired by a project from the book The Paper Bride by Esther K. Smith

Love is in the of the book:
The Paper Bride: Wedding DIY from Pop-the-Question to Tie-the-Knot and Happily Ever After by Esther K SmithI'm not sure which I love more, sticky notes or crafting? As you can see my copy of The Paper Bride has lots of sticky notes which means I want to make lots of stuff from it. Surprising, I know being that I am so far from the marring type it's not funny. But that doesn't mean the great projects contained in it can't be used for other events and just plain everyday creativity.
The project from The Paper Bride that was my inspiration was one that you sewed buttons on a ribbon to make a headband that looked really cute. (Yes, this is probably the only non paper project in the book but it just called to me today and I'll get to the yummy paper projects next!) So off to my stash of JHB buttons and my cut up t-shirt scraps. I was wanting one with stretch.

TIP: I like to keep my buttons in pie tins and as I'm sorting though them I transfer them from one to another. When I'm done I dump them all back into one and slide the empty one underneath the full one.

I cut a loop of t-shirt that fit snugly around my head and then just picked out random buttons and stitched them on. As I went I did gather the fabric a bit at each button. This made it a bit more dimensional. Oooh, me breaking out of my standard rigidness. It was one of my new year's resolutions ya know.
More from the publisher Potter Craft about The Paper Bride:

"The one-stop guide to making a celebration that's all about you with ubiquitous, affordable, recyclable paper! Letterpress artist, designer, and once-bride Esther K. Smith inspires you with one-of-a-kind invitations, albums, guest books, and more. Planning an elaborate event? A simple, sophisticated soiree? Or something wild and wonderful? Customize your wedding with fresh paper ideas from the author of the classic How to Make Books and the ingenious Magic Books & Paper Toys. Learn to make your own exciting, affordable mementos, invitation wraps, pop-up maps, save-the-date postcards, and party d├ęcor—projects with maximum impact that require only simple tools and basic skills . New to paper crafts? Start with lined envelopes. Ready for a challenge? Learn to stitch special bindings for your guest book and photo album. There is even a project for the groom-to-be. Just grab the good scissors, choose your paper, and begin! Smith's inventive techniques and no-nonsense wit will inspire you to make your own paper-perfect wedding. About the Author Esther K. Smith owns and operates Purgatory Pie Press in New York City, which is a letterpress printer and creative partnership. The press has exhibited work at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Smith College, as well as at book centers throughout the world."


Eileen Bergen said...

That's a great tip for organizing a button collection. Thanks, Stefanie.

CraftCrave said...

Thank you! This blog post will be advertised on CraftCrave in the Handcraft category today (look for timestamp: [12 Feb 01:00pm GMT]).

Jenn said...

Thank you...I love headbands and figured I could make one pretty easily if I knew how to do it! :) The buttons add a fun touch as well!

Thanks much,


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