Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Magnetic Button Ring Tutorial

Hi. My name is Kim Walus from Bitty Bits & Pieces. Just a little about me: I've been blogging now for over 3 years and I just love designing, quilting, sewing, creating, taking pictures and making tutorials. I've been sewing for 36+ years now and quilting for about 20 of those years. I wrote and published tole painting books in the early 90's for about 5 years. I keep myself busy now designing projects for Moda Bake Shop and was recently published in the first ever Moda Bake Shop Book called "Fresh Fabric Treats" you can learn more about the book by visiting my blog. I'm also involved in a few other top secret projects that I will eventually reveal and talk about on my blog so, you'll want to check in from time to time.

About the Project:
I've been using i-top products for a few years now and when I saw their newer product for button rings I got all excited and knew I HAD to make a magnetic button ring! It's a great way to have a pin handy when you're machine sewing or hand sewing. The magnets I bought are really strong and will surprisingly hold a lot of pins.

I first made up several rings to take to a Quilt Retreat I taught at in March for the ladies in my class and a few of my friends that went with me. I also made lots of rings for Spring Quilt Market as little giveaways for my friends and others that I would meet during the 4 days at Market. I have to tell you that they were a HUGE hit!!! I even took it over to the i-Top booth and showed it to the people there. They loved it and thought it was a clever idea. I just think it's a simple and effective use of their product.

I've made a tutorial for all of the reader's at Sew WE Quilt @ Stash Manicure. I thought you might enjoy making your very own Magnetic Button Ring. You'll have sooo much FUN making them that you'll want to make one for ALL of your quilting friends too!



What You Will Need:

Instructions:

1. Here's a picture of the i-top products and the magnets.

2. Open packages and take out one metal disc without snap, one disc with snap, one ring, and one magnet.

3. Take a piece of vinyl and cut a 2" circle to make a circle template. Inner circle is 1 1/8". Or use the plastic circle that comes in the Dritz covered button kit. You can also use the handy i-Top tool.

4. Center the clear plastic circle over the fabric you want to see when the button is done.

5. Trace the circle and cut out the fabric.

6. Place the button disc in the center of fabric and place into the plastic cup.

7. Take the metal snap disc and place the magnet on the opposite side of the snap. Make sure and remember to place the magnet in the center of the metal backing. Trust me when I say that I've forgotten to do this step and then you'll end up with just a really cute button ring.

8. Now place the metal snap disc with the magnet facing inward on top of the fabric/metal disc.

9. Use the blue pusher to push the front and back pieces securely together. You will hear a small snap as it connects and comes together.

10. Remove completed covered button from the plastic cup.

11. The magnetic button is now ready to snap on to the ring.


12. At this point you can add a wool flower to the back of the ring if you wish. I used a bit of E6000 to attach the wool flower to the back of the ring. Using a toothpick just spread it around the snap then attach the wool.

13. I used a Sizzix Big Shot to cut out the flower shape. Here's the link for the Sizzix Die that I used to cut out the flowers. The flower shape is the smallest flower on the die and it has the perfect size hole that fits the snap on the button. Also, the hole is cut out at the same time as the flower shape.

14. Let glue dry for several hours before using.


This is the ring without the wool flower attached.
As you can see it holds quite a few pins!

A view of my magnetic button ring on a spool of thread with the scissors holding the ring in place.


A closer look at the back of the rings.

Here's a closer look at the front of the rings on my fingers.


Thank You Madame Samm for inviting me to post here on Sew We Quilt @ Stash Manicure and I hope you all enjoyed a little peek into my world and that you will absolutely LOVE making this handy little gadget to keep by your sewing machine.

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment and you will have a chance to win ONE Magnetic Button Ring in your choice of red or black. Winner will be chosen after Midnight on Saturday, July 2nd and the winner will be announced on my blog on Sunday, July 3rd.

Update Information:
Several people have asked where to buy the products. I want to remind you to click on the links that I've provided above and it will take you to i-Tops Website where you can click on the STORE LOCATOR button that will take you to a map. Then Click on the STATE that you live in and it will take you to a list of places in your STATE that sell the i-Top products. Also I did a search on google and here are a few other links where to can buy the product online HERE and HERE. You will also want to watch the Imaginesce video HERE.

You will also see that there are videos on the IMAGINESCE (i-Top) website. Also, one other thing- When I taught how to use their products at a quilt retreat my local quilt shop contacted Imaginesce (maker of i-top products) and purchased them at wholesale for the retreat.

90 comments:

  1. Kim :) Your ring is going on my "Must Make" list ... absolutely adorable, just as your blog is ... love it! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  2. What a great idea! It is a must for my list too! Great Post!

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  3. awesome tool ..thanks for sharing your brilliant idea

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  4. Just love it! Thanks so much!

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  5. Now, that is a really cool little project!!! Thanks for sharing this great idea and tutorial!

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  6. Thank you for the tutorial, I really like the idea. It's a great idea to give as a gift to all my quilting friends.

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  7. Love this tutorial Kim, I think I will make one for my sister for Christmas, she loves quilting and I know ahe will love this ring!

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  8. Good Morning Kim....I am simply MAGNETIZED by your RING. What a delightful idea and the color of course you to a T. Every teeny weeny bit.

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  9. First time I have seen this, what a great idea. Thanks for sharing, I'll have to make one soon, maybe a few for gifts.....

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  10. That is so cute and such a clever idea!

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  11. First time I've seen this product and this little ring is adorable. Please pick me!! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  12. love the black, this idea is great because I hate pin cushions, seems like such a waste of time and I end up throwing them on my magnetic holder anyway, but to have this on my finger would be great!

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  13. This is genius and so cute, too! I will have to make some of these.

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  14. What a clever idea. thanks for sharing and for the giveaway!

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  15. This is too cool! I've got to make some of these for my friends. Thanks for the giveaway too!

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  16. Wonderful idea and sew cute! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  17. Kim, I am being drawn to your magnet ring... LOL I love this idea and your tutorial is so clear and easy to understand! Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us! I'm headed over to your blog now!
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  18. Such a cute idea - very clever!

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  19. LOVE IT!!!! Must make some of those for my retreat buddies - they'll love me for it :^)

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  20. I would love the chance to win one of those darling magnetic button rings. Thanks for the great tutorial :)

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  21. that's brilliant and sooooo cute too.

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  22. What a clever idea. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  23. Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing.

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  24. These are so cute and useful! Thanks for the clever idea.

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  25. Love this tutorial. Kim is sew clever.

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  26. What a great idea! A great gift for all my quilting/sewing friends.

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  27. What a cute and clever idea for holding pins! I have used those magnets for making pin 'dishes' and they certainly hold a lot. Thanks for a chance to win one of your rings!

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  28. YOU'RE a GENIUS!!!!!!!
    I LOVE this idea...SO COOL!!!!!

    Thank you SO much for the Tute! ♥

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  29. Ohmygosh, I hope, hope, hope I can win this darling ring!!!!

    In the event I'm not the lucky one to win, you can be _sure_ I'm going to have to make one of these!

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  30. Those rings are so cute. I want to make them for my stitching friends. I love the pin fabric you chose too. Thanks for the directions. They are easy to follow.

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  31. TOO CUTE! I want to win! lol!

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  32. Those rings are very cute! What a clever idea!

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  33. Cleaver indeed. Thanks for the tut. and the chance to win a ring.

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  34. I love your button ring...I'm thinking that without the magnet my granddaughters would love those just to wear as rings! blessings, marlene

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  35. What a cool idea. I guess I'm gonna hafta get me one of those I-top tools!

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  36. This is a brilliant little gadget that everyone should have. Thanks for sharing and for the opportunity to have one of my own. Judy C in NC

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  37. What a great idea...what I am wondering is if it can be done without an I-top? LOL

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  38. So stinkin' cute! I had no idea they were so easy! Thanks so much, I think I'll be making many of these for little gifts for my quilty friends this Christmas!

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  39. What a great tutorial! I've been seriously considering an I-Top and now I know that I have to have one.

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  40. This is just so, so clever! Love it!

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  41. Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  42. I really like this -- I've done the ring pin cushions before, but I like that it's magnetic! So much easier to use! Great job on the tutorial. :)

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  43. Kim, this is pure genius! I definitely have to make a couple of these.

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  44. That is adorable!!!! I need to make some of these for my granddaughters.

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  45. I could sure find a use for one of those...maybe more!

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  46. EeEEKKKKKK! And I might even be able to do this one!! I LOVE this idea- Kim is so brilliant :) Love her!

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  47. what a great idea...thank you for the tut and the giveaway....

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  48. That is so cute and what a great idea. I would have never thought about something like this. Thanks for sharing.

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  49. That is just so clever! I can't get over it. So cute.

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  50. ...and even two chances to win!

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  51. Sewing a binding on my next quilt will be so much nicer with one of these rings on my finger! I can also see a certain teenage daughter wanting a few of these - minus the magnet!

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  52. Not only adorable, but useful, too!?! Kate Middleton's got nothing on you! :-)

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  53. What a clever idea. I've got to make one (or many for my friends). Thanks for sharing this and thanks for the giveaway.

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  54. What a great idea! I love the black ring with the red center. Thanks for the tutorial and the giveaway!

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  55. Definitely a great little gift for all our quity friends!~! Aren't you clever to think of it?? I'm amazed at the creative minds of the quilting world!!
    Hope I win one!!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  56. These are really neat! I have found a store that I can visit next week so I can make a few for myself and friends.

    Darlene from Harpersfield Ohio
    dmgerber@windstream.net

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  57. Such a clever idea! The ring is adorable. Thanks for the tute and give-away.

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  58. OMG!!! these are soo cute! I soo want one :)

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  59. I really like this idea for the i-Top buttons - very ingenious!!!

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  60. I love your magnetic ring and would love to own one. Thanks for a chance.

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  61. Magnet rings will be a great "Treat" for my next bee get together. Thanks for a fun craft.

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  62. Great little gift idea! Thanks!

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  63. It would be great to win a sample. Great tutorial!

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  64. When you pick me I want a red one:)

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  65. Your magnet rings are cute. Good idea :)

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  66. adorable - if only my friend with the sizzix hadn't just moved!

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  67. Great tutorial Kim! this is the first I've seen the product, but the red and black I immediately recognized as YOU!
    Nedra

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  68. Just too cute. It always amazes me how people can come up with these great ideas. thanks for sharing and the chance to win one..lindacrosby(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  69. Such a simply genius idea! Looove it!!

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  70. Great idea! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  71. What a great idea. They would make lovely gifts for sewing friends. Thanks for the chance.

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  72. Yes, oh yes, would love a red magnetic button ring. Thanks for the chance.

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  73. I can't wait to try it, this will make nice gifts for sewing friends.

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  74. These are cute! Great idea.

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  75. What a great tutorial, I love those pin magnets

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  76. These are just adorable! I need to make a bunch for all my quilty friends!!

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  77. These are such a great idea and so easy to make. It's always fantastic to find new ideas to try.

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  78. Clever! I will share and link back in a future post so others can come visit!

    www.beadinggem.com

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  79. You had put a great tutorial thanks!


    http://www.custombuttonco.com/

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  80. Not only elegant and beautiful but adorable also

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  81. These Designer Rings are really easy to make; just grab any fabric you have lying around, a button wrapping kit with buttons and hot glued it to a metal ring base.

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