This gorgeous jewellery designed by Lisa Steed Davey utilises a pretty range of printed fabrics to cover buttons, making it easy and fun to create this beautiful set of earrings, bangles, brooch and necklace. Get hands on with our beading techniques and produce your own original and sophisticated accessories, including a beautiful bracelet made entirely from haberdashery materials!
- Fabric: Amy Butler Daisy Chain, Grey Clematis, 112cm x 25cm
- Felt, beige, 20cm x 30cm
- Self-coverable buttons: 11mm, 19mm, four of each; 29mm, 38mm, one of each
- Bangles: plain, two
- Beads: seed; aqua, green, one pack of each
- Ribbon: organza, 1cm wide, 33cm length
- Ribbon findings, 1cm wide, two
- Earring backs, clip-on, four
- Chain extension, 5.5cm
- Necklace clasp
- Boning, plastic, 1cm width, 25cm
- Brooch back
- Embroidery hoop
- Wire cutters
- Beading needle
- Glue, hot
- Necklace: 38cm long
- Brooch: 5.5cm diameter
- Bangles: 7cm, 9cm diameter
- Large earrings: 2cm, 2.5cm diameter
Secure a piece of fabric into the embroidery hoop. On the right side of the fabric, draw around the template supplied with the 29mm button kit (see Sew smart tip), making sure that a flower design is centred within the template. Prepare a beading needle by pushing on one aqua seed bead. Stitch onto the fabric in the centre of the circular template. Repeat to form a circle of beads. Fill remaining area with gems stitched on randomly. Cut out the beaded circle and fit it over the coverable button, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
To create beaded loops around the edge of the buttons; thread a beading needle with knotted cotton and pass it through the fabric so that it is secured at the back of the button. Thread nine aqua beads onto the needle and bring it back through the fabric, 3mm along, to create a small stitch. The beads will form a loop on the outer edge of the work. Repeat until the whole edge is covered.
3.Create another line of beaded loops by repeating the process with the green beads, threading 14 onto each loop and working behind the aqua row (see picture).
Select different sections of the fabric and cover both the 19mm buttons and the 11mm ones. Cut the metal shank from the back of each of these buttons with wire cutters.
- Take a 33cm length of organza ribbon, and secure both ends by attaching a ribbon finding to each raw edge. Clip an extension chain on one side and a clasp on the other. Lay the ribbon flat and arrange the embellished buttons on top, using pictures as a guide. Glue into place and leave to dry completely. Cut circles of felt slightly smaller than the back of each button and glue into place, over the top of the buttons and ribbon.
Place fabric into the hoop, as before. Draw around a 19mm button template, placing it centrally over a flower design. Sew five aqua beads to the centre of the flower motif. Cut out and fit over the cover button.
Sew a row of single beads around the edge of the button, leaving 3mm between each one. Sew on a second row of beads by working alternately through the centre of one of the beads in the first row, then through an extra seed bead, back through the next existing first row bead, and repeating until the whole edge has been covered.
3.Work a third row by repeating the process above, threading your needle alternately through the second row beads and an extra (third row). Clip the metal shank from the back of the button using wire cutters, and glue on the clip-on findings. For smaller earrings, repeat process, but only sew one row of beads around the edge.
Place a piece of fabric into the embroidery hoop, as before. Draw around a 38mm button template, making sure to place it centrally over a flower design. Securing the knot on the wrong side, sew an aqua bead over each petal printed on the fabric within the template marking, until you have a pleasing arrangement.
Cut out the design and fit over the covered button, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Thread 11 aqua seed beads onto a beading needle. Working from front to back, create loops as for the necklace, making sure to use 11 beads on each one, leaving a 3mm gap in between. Repeat until the edge is covered.
3.Remove the shank from the button, and glue on a brooch back. Cut a circle of felt to cover the back, and glue in place, cutting a slit in the felt for the brooch pin.
Cut a 1cm strip of fabric on the bias (see Sew Essentials pull-out), as long as you can make it. Wrap the fabric around the bangle in a spiralling motion, and glue. Create beaded loops for the edge as before, using nine beads on each one (alternating between aqua and green). Make each stitch approx 5mm in width.
Work around the entire bangle until the whole edge is covered. For a slight variation on design, stitch alternating beads around the edge of the bangle (instead of in loops), 3mm apart.
Cut a 23cm x 1cm strip of fabric on the bias. Fold it in half lengthways (right sides facing) and stitch together along the raw edge. Push fabric through to right side and thread the boning into the tube you’ve just created, overlapping the ends of it so that it will fit your wrist.
Rearrange the fabric tubing so that it completely covers the boning in side. Tuck the raw edges under with a small pair of pointed scissors and use a slip-stitch to join. Even out the folds in the fabric.
3.Thread a beading needle with seven beads (alternating colour) and sew onto the side of the bangle, securing with a knot on the wrong side. Repeat with more sets of seven beads, spaced every 1.5cm.