Crafters’ Blog Hop! Get Inspired –

Today is the kick off of the Crafters’ Blog Hop. Hop along to all the blogs listed at the end of the post for great ideas for quilters, knitters, crocheters, beaders, embroidery lovers and of course seamstresses. Plus make a comment at the end of this post to win a lovely craft book gift pack. More on that in a bit!

In case you were unaware, March is National Craft Month. We unfortunately don’t get the entire month off to sew (don’t worry, I’m lobbying Congress to get that fixed) but Craft Month has forced me to think more about the crafty side of sewing.

Craft Blog hop SN  Crafters Blog Hop! Get Inspired   I am primarily a garment sewer, but I love taking a break from sewing clothes to make cute, easy projects for myself. Here are a few beads and things I’ve saved and collected over the years.

One of my secret hobbies is beading and making fun jewelery. Like any good fabric hoarder, I do indeed covet a number of different beads and baubles in my sewing room too.

And, this is a project I am working on for a bracelet. Aren’t these fun!

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As part of my indoctrination in to all things sewing my grandma would take me to button shows and button shops when I was a kid. I still go to local button shows and pick up unique, generally inexpensive buttons to use in projects.  I picked up some black and orange buttons with metal keys in them. They weren’t expensive, perfect for making a bracelet. And, here is a tutorial on how to make one yourself.

Button Bracelet Tutorial

Use your extra, mismatched or specialty buttons to make a one-of-a-kind button bracelet.

IMG 4455 1024x768 Crafters Blog Hop! Get Inspired   Materials Needed

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  1. Chain link bracelet with or without clasp
  2. Assorted buttons with shank attached
  3. Jump rings in matching color to chain link bracelet
  4. Jewelry pliers

button back completed  1024x768 Crafters Blog Hop! Get Inspired   Display the chosen buttons on a table and experiment with layout and color combinations. For a really dense bracelet plan on placing one button on per link. For a less dense bracelet place buttons every three or more links alternating sides of chain.

IMG 4457 1024x529 Crafters Blog Hop! Get Inspired   Take the chain link and measure where you will need it to fit comfortably on your wrist. Mark with a bit of scotch tape.

T0 shorten the length on the bracelet simply remove the necessary links from the chain.

Once the layout has been determined take one jump ring and using the pliers gently, with a slight twisting  motion spread the ring open.

IMG 4458 1024x768 Crafters Blog Hop! Get Inspired   Thread it through the shank of the first button. Next, thread the opened jump ring with the button on it through the chain link and pinch the jump ring closed with the pliers.

IMG 4459 1024x768 Crafters Blog Hop! Get Inspired   Jump ring attached to bracelet chain.

IMG 4461 1024x768 Crafters Blog Hop! Get Inspired   Alternate sides when attaching the buttons. Do this until all the buttons you have chosen are on the chain link. If you don’t like they way it’s looking you can easily remove the jump ring and re-attach.

Here is the back side of an bracelet I made earlier. This one is quite dense with a button on every ring.

IMG 4456 1024x768 Crafters Blog Hop! Get Inspired   When all the buttons are on the chain link, wrap the bracelet across your wrist to make sure the buttons and placement are to your liking. Check to make sure it’s comfortable and if it’s the appropriate length.  If not make adjustments now. To secure with a clasp follow the same procedure as attaching the jump rings.

The chain links come in a variety of finishes such as black, copper toned, patina, silver and ‘antique’.

IMG 4476 1024x780 Crafters Blog Hop! Get Inspired   Once you make one bracelet you’ll never look at lost and mismatched buttons in the same way. This bracelet could easily be made into a necklace.

If you are a quilter then making quilted crafts is a great way to blow through your stash. And, making crafty stuff takes no time at all. Plus, for intermediate quilters these projects will be a snap. For those new to quilting techniques these small quilted crafts are a great way to easy into larger more complicated projects.

I love bags of all shapes and sizes. This project is a great stash buster for any type of sewer. The Scrap Happy Tote from Amanda Jean Nyberg is the perfect bag for crafters, sewers, knitters or quilters. You can get the pattern for this today and be done in a weekend!

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What crafty project I’m working on now is making a business card holder out of this lovely spring inspired fabric designed by Ann Lauer for Benartex from Timeless Treasures Fabric.

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I’ll be posting a tutorial on the Sew Daily blog on how to make your own business card holder. Look for it on Thursday March 17! And in the mean time please check out everyone out on the tour!

Here’s all the tour stops! Be sure to check them out, many have giveaways!

Monday March 7,  – Sew News
Thursday, March 10 – Beading Daily
Monday, March 14  – Fons & Porter
Tuesday March 15 – Quiltmaker
Thursday March 17 – Sew Daily
Monday, March. 21 – Crochet Me
Wednesday  March,23 – Knitting Daily
Thursday March 24, – Martha Pullen
Tuesday, March 29 –  Creative Machine Embroidery
Wednesday March 30 – Keepsake Quilting
Thursday, March 31 – McCalls Quilting


The winner from this blog post has been announced. Thank you for commenting!

Tell me what crafty things you like to sew. Do you like making crafts that don’t take a lot of time. Do you like to knit, bead or crochet? Maybe you like to do them all?

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Let me know in the comments section below! One winner will be picked and announced on the Sew Daily blog.

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 Crafters Blog Hop! Get Inspired

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26 Responses to Crafters’ Blog Hop! Get Inspired –

  1. Lee Smith says:

    I like to sew tote bags. :)

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  3. Cathy says:

    I love to quilt!

  4. Lorraine Saxon says:

    I love to sew mainly garments but I also have made stuffed toys, bags, costumes, home decoration,pet coats and doll clothes, anything involving fabric. Lately all my hand sewing has been felt candle mats. I love your magazine.

  5. Karen says:

    I do all kinds of sewing and embroidery and have been knitting socks.

  6. asteride says:

    I love to knit and only recently I started to sew. I made a couple of project bags and I’m addicted to zippered bags and now I would love to make a big bag for summer trips to the ocean

  7. Shirley Eagle says:

    I do a little of everything. I have knitting going (several projects), at least 3 quilts in the works, some crochet, some tatting, lots of paper crafting areas, I bake, cook, sew whatever I feel like sewing, I mend/darn, do alterations of many kinds…. The knitting is what goes along with me.

  8. CA says:

    This looks like fun! Thank you!

  9. Jean says:

    I’m teaching myself to quilt. I’m loving the process! I’ve crocheted and cross stitched for years and needed something new.

  10. Jan says:

    I learned to sew (basic) in home-ec. I am pretty much self taught and have been sewing for 40+years. I like to make everything from jackets, shirts, costumes for my littles! Learning to quilt and I love Crafting……. homemade baby! ♥

  11. Carla says:

    I love to sew, quilt, many arts and crafts. I’m a grandmother that wants to teach my grandchildren to do all the things I do. I usually make quilts for my family and friends. I enjoy creating and making garments as well. I would love to learn how to make bags, purses and totes.

    Thanks for doing this.

  12. Gail says:

    I am an avid quilter and sew everyday. I also enjoy decorative painting, cross stitch, and crochet.

  13. Sue says:

    Over the years I have sewn a great number of garments for my family. Now I mostly quilt, but also have never stopped doing cross-stitch and some knitting. Gotta keep the hands busy!

  14. Carolina says:

    I am a beginner quilter but have also done stamping, counted cross-stitch, garment sewing[sewed most of my clothes in high school], tried crocheting but that just didn’t click :(

  15. Pat K says:

    I sew, knit and make jewelry. My favorite projects are ones that don’t take a lot of time; in other words, instant gratification!

  16. Sewing, knitting, crochet, embroidery, beading, silversmithing, upholstery…I’ve tried it all with various degrees of success! However, the one thing I’ve already dreamt of doing is making my own shoes. Since I’ve had success with the conversion of a thrift-store leather jacket into a beautiful handbag, I decided to make a pair of leather and jute espadrilles. I found a castaway leather dining chair on the side of the street, picked it apart and used the leather for the top of the shoes. While it’s hard to justify the time and energy spent for crafting the shoes, the satisfaction I get from wearing them is well worth it!

  17. Ali says:

    I love quilting but my sister is getting me into stamping too!!!

  18. Kristal says:

    I love just about anything crafty! My passion is machine embroidery,but I also like sewing and knitting.

  19. CarlaJo says:

    I like making stuffed animals and dolls… Even if they come out lopsided, they’re still cute!

  20. Rosemary says:

    What a great way to show off those antique buttons from the button jar! Thanks
    As a retired Home Ec teacher(an endangered species these days!), I started sewing as a Girl Scout earning my Dressmaker badge by taking a sewing class at a Singer Sewing Store. Along the way I learned to crochet, do rug hooking, embroidery, crochet, and quilt. While I don’t do all these things now, I do dabble in them for a particular project.

  21. DeAnna says:

    Great post. Thanks for sharing your tutorial! I love all crafts and enjoy deviating from quilting to give myself a break. I’ll sew garments, totes and purses, table runners…anything that I can finish in just a few days to get that “completed” feeling.

  22. Claire Sutherland says:

    I like to sew garments, cross stitch and have started knitting again recently.

  23. Linda K Huse says:

    I’m primarily a garment sewer, at the moment I’m finishing Jackie Kennedy inspired outfits for my daughter and granddaughter, my daughter’s with matching pillbox hat with beading and a crocheted pillbox for my grand-daughter’s. I also knit as well as crochet. …I have also dappled with a little jewelery making. My goal is to make my first quilt this year.

  24. Sarah says:

    I am still learning how to sew but I’ll have a go at most things. I really want to be able to make children’s clothing and any other bits and things they might need wether it’s toys, bags, pillows, bunting, activity books or any of the other many items that make life more colourful and enjoyable I’d love to be able to make it. If I’m able to get the hang of all of that, I might even be tempted to have a go at clothing for teens and adults too. Xxx

  25. Janie says:

    I love to quilt, knit, paper crafts, etc… I dabble in a bit of everything. Thank you for sharing such inspiration!

  26. Michelle F. says:

    I love garment sewing, especially anything formal. But my little girl is almost a year old so I’m excited to really start sewing for her now that she won’t grow out of it in a month! I have done a little bit of quilting, but lately I’ve had a hankering for sewing bags so I’m working on getting supplies together to start a bag to carry all our stuff when we go boating this summer!

    My grandma also taught me how to cross stitch when I was a kid and I enjoy doing that when I just need to sit down and relax!