Monday, March 15, 2010

Cloth Covered Magnets

Birthday Magnets

 Today is my roommate, Lily's 22nd birthday.  We usually try to make each other at least a little something, so this year I made a fabric covered set of magnets.  My process is a combination of  what I thought to be the best aspects of a number of tutorials I found on great blogs and how-to sites.

You can also make buttons, if you simply use buttons with a shank.  You may also want to turn under the edge, but that's up to you.  With magnets there is no need to, since the magnet goes over the messy part.

Another way to dress up and personalize your magnet would be to embroider your fabric circle.

They're very simple!

Here's what you need: 
  • batting
  • thread
  • needle
  • buttons
  • scraps of beautiful fabric
  • small magnets
  • super glue
First, I glued 3-4 layers of batting to the button.  The only thing about this step is to be careful not to get too much glue on the top layer, so it doesn't have hard bumps.  A few of mine had that problem.  

Cut around the batting
Second, cut a circle with a diameter ~2 times the size of your button.  Don't worry about being too precise, it works just fine a little bigger or smaller.  

Then using a straight stitch, sew around the edge of your circle without knotting either end of the thread.
 Third, place your fabric face down.  Put the button batting side down, in the center of the circle
Fourth, gently pull the two ends of your thread
Fifth, carefully pull tight and knot the two threads together.  Trim.
Sixth, cover the magnet with glue and press onto the back of the button for a few seconds.

There, you're done.  I told you it would be easy!