When I lived in Beijing, I bought a machine for making fabric covered buttons. This week, I have been working on making a simple little top from this Japanese sewing book (view D). It needed some covered buttons, so yesterday I dragged out the button machine from the back of the closet. Except it was missing the button die, the little device where the button magic happens once you pull the big lever. Yikes! No more covered buttons!?
Luckily I found it today, buried deep in a bag in another closet. Which was very good news because my panicked internet research last night showed that these devices are pretty pricey outside of the Beijing fabric market.
The buttons in the upper right corner of the collage are the ones for my Japanese top. The others were made with some fabric squares that I got in a recent swap. I am not sure what I will do with them yet, but I like how they turned out. It is always interesting to see how a particular fabric pattern translates into a button (or bunch of buttons). Did you know there is a whole Flickr group dedicated to fabric covered buttons? Such pretty things....
Hopefully I will be able to show the finished top tomorrow, which has been my Every Day in May project days 13 to 17 (so far).