button holes

Hi all!

I've got another technique to share today...faux buttons with button holes. I love the look of a tidy row of buttons esp. like you'd see on a wedding dress or old fashioned button up boots. There is just something about them that makes me happy. I wanted to recreate a look like this, but with a modern twist. This is what I came up with...

The great hing about it is, you don't even have to use real buttons, brads, adhesive gems or pearls will work perfectly!

You will, however, need to have (or be able to borrow) a sewing machine with a button hole function.

Step 1. Use a punch or decorative edge scissor to create a scalloped edge. (you can skip this step if you want. I just like the way it looks)

Step 2. Lightly, with pencil, mark where you would like you button hole to be. I eyeballed it, but if measuring is what works for you...go for it!

Step 3. Time to break out that machine! Everyone is different, so simply follow the instructions to create a button hole for the machine you are using. Remember, you don't need to cut the center of the button hole...these are faux after all.
Step 4. Erase any of your pencil guide line that might remain.
Step 5. Add the brads etc. to create the "buttons"
That's it, simply add to your project!

This first card I created uses a panel just like the one I created above.
Cardstock: (red, white) The Paper Co., Patterned Papers: (from the 8x8 Homespun Chic Pad)
GCD Studios, Brads: (Homespun Chic Fabric Brads) GCD Studios, Ribbon: Offray, Rub-On: Basic Grey
Size: 5 1/2"x4 1/4"

I printed the sentiment before I created the button hole, and then added a rub-on and matted with red cardstock before adding to my project.

For this next card I created the look of a belt or wrap by layering the strip with the "buttons" over another strip that continues off the other side.
Cardstock: (blak, white) the Paper Co., Patterned Papers: (Blue Floral, Book Page: Artsy Urban) GCD Studios, Chip board Accent:(Vintage Labels: Homespun Chic) GCD Studios, Stickers: (clear Stickers: Artsy Urban) GCD Studios, (alphabet) Making Memories,
Brads: (Homespun Chic Fabric Brads),
Size: 5"x7"

I'd love to see you give this a try. It's such a fun detail to add to a project!

Heidi V


  1. Great card and great tutorial you did a beautiful job tfs!!!

  2. Love this idea.....I have to try it out!!!! So pretty!!!

    Thanks for sharing with us!!!

  3. What a great look!! LOVE this idea!! You are so creative!

  4. Oh I love this! Will try this, thanks, you are so clever :)

  5. Awesome technique! I'm not good with a sewing machine but I can see how I can create a faux version of this!

  6. Your cards are amazing! Love the technique!!! And now I wish i had a sewing machine!!

  7. What a precious idea! The cards are beautiful!!!

  8. oooh, this is just WAY cute! i don't get along with my sewing machine, but i think a faux stitch would look great, too! thanks for sharing this awesome idea!

  9. I totally love this idea!!! Brilliant and I'm sooo doing this on a special project I've got right now! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  10. What a great idea! Love the buttons holes.