I feel like it has been forever since I last updated this, but I haven’t had much time to be crafty… Work and holidays sure keep you busy!
Anyway I just wanted to post a very simple DIY. For the longest time I’ve been feeling pretty bad about the looks of my fridge. You know, all the pizza add magnets, a magnetic 2014 calendar from my dentist, some cable company magnets as well… you get the idea. I hated it but they were quite useful so I didn’t bother taking them of because I had no “pretties” a.k.a decent looking magnets to put on. So, a couple days ago I got rid of the “uglies” and made some fabric covered ones!!
They are incredibly easy to make and don’t take too long. All you need is a kit ($3’99 at Walmart or the second one I purchased here) and some fabrics (little prints work better). The kit includes the blue bottle cap like thingy which is the tool that you need to make the buttons. Mine is a size 45 (1 1/8 inch or 22mm). The “pattern” that you see on the picture is a little cardboard cutout from the back of the kit. The diameter of the circumference that you need to cut of fabric for this size is 2.1 inches or 53mm.
All there is to do now is: Put fabric fabric on the clear part of the kit, button top, tuck in the edges of the fabric, put the backing and press with the blue part of the kit! Is so simple! If the button backs that you have have a loop behind you just have to cut it with some sort of pliers. If you’re lucky and have flat backs, just add a bit of glue, a magnet and is good to go! But, make sure that the magnets are strong enough, neodymium magnets work better than the ones pictured…
And they’re good to go! They can be used as needle minders as well, it would only take one extra magnet attached to the back of the fabric to keep the needles in place.
PS: The only thing I would like to add is, if you’re making buttons to wear, you’re better off with buttons with metal backings (like the Walmart ones) the ones I bought on Ebay are plastic and they don’t snap on as hard. They’re good for magnets though.