Video Tutorial: How To Hand Dye Buttons

Last week we told you a little about our recent visit to Fat Quarter Shop in Texas and how we filmed several video tutorials while there. We are so excited to share another of the videos with you today. We think you will enjoy it, as it is something we get asked often, “how do you dye buttons?”.

Rachel Martin from Just Another Button Company shares her process for hand-dyeing buttons in this video from Fat Quarter Shop.

In this video, Rachel shows the tools she uses and her process for hand-dying buttons. This is the same process she uses here at Just Another Button Company to make our hand-dyed buttons in all your favorites, Smoothies, Sprinkles, Party Packs and Snack Packs!

How to make Hand-Dyed Buttons:

We hope you enjoyed this look into how we hand-dye buttons! Be sure to visit us next Friday for a look at how we create our handmade clay buttons!

Video Tutorial: How To Hand Sew Buttons

We recently visited the Fat Quarter Shop in Austin, TX. We had such a great time with Kimberly and her team there.

Rachel Martin and Cecile McPeak in front of the wall of thread at Fat Quarter Shop.

We toured the warehouse (amazing) and saw the incredible thread wall!

While we were there, we filmed several video tutorials that we will be sharing over the next several months. We have the first one available today! We hope you enjoy watching as Cecile shares her technique for sewing on a button without leaving a knot on the back and also how to sew layered buttons!

The Splendid Sampler 2!

Are you a fan of The Splendid Sampler by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson? We are huge fans! You should see our copy, it has post-it flags on nearly every page! Because we love it so much, we are thrilled to help spread the news about…

The Spendid Sampler 2 by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson

… the splendid sequel, The Splendid Sampler 2 by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson!

Not only are we excited about new block designs to sew, we are excited to tell you that we are contributors too! We’ve designed a block that is featured in the book! How amazing and well… splendid is that?

The book is available for pre-order right now and ships in October. You don’t have to wait for October for the fun to start though, there are fun activities starting NOW! To learn more about all the fun and to find the link to pre-order, check out this blog post: A Very Splendid Sequel Indeed!

What’s in a name? Get to know our Sprinkles, Snack, Smoothie, and Party Packs

With 35 colors of hand-dyed buttons we give you have lots of creative possibilities for adding buttons to your projects. Now multiply that by 50, because those 35 colors of buttons are available in over 50 different shapes and sizes. That is a lot of options!

If that sounds overwhelming, don’t worry, we have simplified things by offering all 35 colors and 50 styles in four different serving sizes!

Sprinkles Pack

JABC Sprinkles Pack - Lemon Drop

Sprinkles packs are just what the name implies, fun micro-mini buttons that are like button funfetti! Each pack contains 35+ buttons in an assortment of 8 different styles in a matte finish. The small size of Sprinkles make them perfect for accenting embroidery, cross stitch, and papercraft projects.

Snack Pack

JABC Snack Pack - Lemon Drop

Snack Packs are a snack size serving of buttons. Each Snack Pack includes 8 buttons in two different finishes- a pearl and a matte translucent. The pack is perfect for a project or two that calls for coordinating buttons.

Fans of Joan Hawley’s Lazy Girl Designs Button Boats will love Snack Packs!  One pack contains enough buttons for two boats!

Smoothie Pack

JABC Smoothie Pack - Lemon Drop

Smoothie Packs get their name from their wonderful matte finish. Each Smoothie Pack includes 25 buttons 5 sizes that vary in size from 3/16″ – 1″. Cotton and wool appliqué enthusiasts love Smoothies for the matte finish.

Party Pack

JABC Party Pack - Lemon Drop

Party Packs are a button party in a box! With 55 buttons in a pack in a variety of flavors styles, there are plenty to share among many different projects! Styles and sizes vary in each pack but include matte, pearl, and translucent finishes.

Fun Facts about JABC hand-dyed buttons-

  • Shade variations produced by dyeing provide handmade appeal.
  • We start with white, polyester buttons, then hand-dye them in 35 different color collections (15 fresh colors, 15 organic colors, and 5 neutrals).
  • Hand-dyed buttons can be machine washed and are suitable for clothing projects. (Do not iron the buttons.)
  • Our hand-dyed buttons can be machine stitched.

No matter the project you have in mind, we are confident that one of our button packs will have the buttons you need!

How to copy a pattern for wool appliqué

Carrot Tuft Pillow Pincushion | Just Another Button Company

There are so many different ways and types of projects to use our handmade clay buttons and pins. One of our favorites is wool appliqué pincushions. If you are new to wool appliqué, you may not know where to start. We make that easy by offering several different project kits and printable patterns that include step-by-step instructions.  Over the next several weeks, we would like to share some of our favorite tips for wool appliqué. With these tips you will be stitching wool appliqué pincushions like a pro!

Carrot Tuft Pillow Pincushion | Just Another Button Company

The first tip today is all about how to copy the pattern design to use on wool. Since wool is thick, you can’t trace your pattern directly onto it.  It can also be inconvenient to pin paper patterns to, especially when pattern pieces are small.  Thanks to a supply you may already have in your kitchen, copying the pattern pieces is super easy!

Carrot Tuft Pillow Pincushion | Just Another Button Company

Cut a piece of freezer paper the size of your pattern. Place the freezer paper shiny side down. Use a pencil to trace the pattern onto the freezer paper. The freezer paper is translucent enough that you should be able to see the pattern outline without the help of a lightbox.

Carrot Tuft Pillow Pincushion | Just Another Button Company

Cut the pattern pieces out leaving a bit of extra space around each one.

Carrot Tuft Pillow Pincushion | Just Another Button Company

Place the pattern piece onto the wool shiny side down. Iron the pattern piece with a dry iron on the wool setting. The heat will temporarily bond the freezer paper onto the wool.

Carrot Tuft Pillow Pincushion | Just Another Button Company

Cut out the piece along the pencil line. Peel the pattern piece off the wool.  It is that simple!

Carrot Tuft Pillow Pincushion | Just Another Button Company

Place your pieces on your base fabric, stitch, and finish according to your pattern directions.

Carrot Tuft Pillow Pincushion | Just Another Button Company

We may be partial, but think the fun step comes next… adding the fun touches like handmade buttons…

Carrot Tuft Pillow Pincushion | Just Another Button Company

and handmade pins! After all, what is a cute pincushion without cute pins?

Carrot Tuft Pillow Pincushion | Just Another Button Company

Are you curious about this fun pincushion pattern? It is our Carrot Tuft Pillow Pincushion Pattern. In addition to patterns, we have a very limited number of kits available also. The Carrot Tuft Pillow Pincushion Kit includes the pattern, wool, buttons, pins, filler, and even the freezer paper! (Please note: kits are limited and will not be restocked when sold out.)

We hope you loved this quick tip tutorial. We would love to hear what types of tips you would like to see more of. Leave us a comment below and let us know!