Leather Buttons

leather buttons diy

Every year in August I get a sudden longing for fall. I start going through my fall wardrobe, I polish my boots and I mend my wool socks (yep, I do that). This is completely absurd since I love summer and absolutely hate winter. Winter here in Sweden can be quite rough. It starts somewhere in November. The days are getting short and daylight will diminish almost completely. Here in the central part of the country we’re getting maybe four hours of daylight during November and December. The problem is though, It’s not daylight. It’s more of a depressing twilight and that shit is usually combined with fog and an overcast sky. Just thinking about it makes me want to die. And then the snow falls and it gets EVEN WORSE. To sum things up, November, December, January and February are four months of pure agony and suffering.
And, in August I apparently want all of this. Maybe it’s because I want an excuse to wear all black clothing again, or maybe a secret longing for pain is just part of a self destructive mindset.

Anyway. I have this wool peacoat that originally had some gold loop buttons. Problem was, the loops of those buttons totally cut through the thread that fastened them to the coat and they all fell off one by one.
I decided to replace them with some DIY leather buttons. I found some similar sized odd buttons in my button stash. I used used lack leather from an old jacket.

I started out by adding a layer of yellow cotton fabric to the buttons. This made them more sturdy and gave them a smooth surface.

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I dressed the buttons with the leather. I used a strong sewing thread for this. I fasten the buttons to the jacket with the same thread.

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Btw, hi, I’m back! :D

The Chair is DONE

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The chair I bought in October is finally done. It turned out pretty good and it’s actually comfortable to sit in.

This is how it looked when I brought it home. The fabric that was on it was OK, not dirty or anything, but the springs in the seat had loosened and I’m too much of a germaphobe to have anything pre-used in my home that I can’t clean rigorously, the fabric and the filling had to go.

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This chair had obviously been re-done by a professional, my unqualified guess is sometime in the 60’s or 70’s based on the look of the fabric.

I knew by the time I was stripping it that I would not be able to recreate anything like it. First off, where exactly do you find the material? And second, I really didn’t want the hassle of using said material. It gets everywhere.

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So, I decided to go with things like IKEA fabric, cushion stuffing and a fleece blanket to make my chair… If it breaks down, I will take it to a professional, I promise.

spring seat before

After reading a couple of tutorials online on how to correctly tie spring seating and getting about 11% of what was said, this is how I made mine. I think that rope is supposed to be used on boats. This shit is not coming loose anytime soon.

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After that I covered the spring seat with several layers of burlap and thick fabric, and thick fabric filled with stuffing.

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For the three final layers I used fleece (OMG, the professionalism) a white cotton fabric and then the outer layer, a green upholster fabric in a neat art nouveau-ish pattern.

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fabric

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What I liked most about this upholster project is that the entire backside is sewn on. It took some time, but It turned out great!

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Bow Shaped Pillow

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If you ever feel like your home needs more cutesy crap, this is a great way to add that special Hello Kitty-feel to any sofa or bed.

I used a fabric that is probably from the 60’s. It has some structure to it and a nice powder pink shade.

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The pillow consist of two rectangles plus one smaller piece for the sash. I cut out two rectangles.

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Made the inner cushion with the same measurement as the rectangles. I made sure there was not as much stuffing in the middle of the cushion, I pushed out the filling to the ends.

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I sewed together the pillow case and put it on the cushion. To get the bow shape I tied a string in the middle of the pillow. I wanted the bow shape to be quite dramatic, so I tied it tightly.

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I made the sash.

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It folded it three times, making four layers.

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Sewed it on by hand. Not too tightly!

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When I was done I turned over the sash to hide the seam.

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