Fabric Ladder


A tutorial with patterns to finish a two foot tall wooden ladder with fabric. Protect your home and furniture by covering your handy yet harsh little step ladder with fabric. Makes a great accent piece for most any style of decor. Protect your other furnishings by covering the potentially hazardous hard corners of the ladder by softening them with a fabric finish.

Button Bouquet

A Floral Centerpiece Bouquet made of Buttons

By Laura D’Angelico

Have you ever been asked to do something that made you think to yourself, or even say aloud, “You want me to do WHAT!?” Well, that is exactly what went through my mind when the owner of SAS Fabrics Superstore asked me to make floral centerpieces using buttons. I thought how could a button bouquet even be centerpiece worthy?

So, I kind of ignored the request for a few months. I made button elf dolls, a button heart doll and planned on making button dolls for Easter & St. Patricks Day as examples of how customers could use buttons in non traditional ways. Then one day in February out of nowhere came the courage to take on this Button Bouquet challenge.

So, while at SAS Fabrics Superstore I picked up a gross of buttons in various sizes, colors, textures and types. I brought them home to my crafting room and started to make button bouquets. My first attempt was kind of a failure. I was using too many buttons and making the stems too long with buttons all the way to the base. These stems were unable to support themselves and simply flopped over.

At this point I decided to take another look at the sample pictures she had given me months ago. Here are some of those pictures.

Original Button Bouquet by Liz

Original Button Bouquet by Liz

More button bouquets by Liz

More button bouquets by Liz

I noticed the bouquets, made by her daughter-in-law, used only a few buttons at the top of the stem to form a bloom. Being the person I am I simply glanced at the pictures then did it my own way. My husband likes to refer to my behavior as stubborn. In my defense, I just prefer to see what I can come up with without being a total copycat. I like my crafts to be a little different.

One of the biggest differences between her bouquets & mine is that I cheated a little by incorporating flowers that are also available at SAS Fabrics Superstore.  And I even used larger buttons as bases for my little 2 stem bouquets.

Here are some pictures of my Button Bouquets. I hope if you decide to take on this challenge that you post pictures of your bouquets for us to see.

Another by me.

Another by me.

Button bouquet by me Laura Leigh

Button bouquet by me Laura Leigh


And the last by me.

And the last by me.

Take care & happy Crafting : ).


What Can You Do with Scraps of Leather

Leather is such a nice material. It is strong, luxurious, durable, and so versatile. Leather comes in many colors and textures. Leather can range from very stiff and hard to very pliable and soft. It is used to make all kinds of things from key rings, belts, purses & shoes to sofas, saddles and gloves to name just a few. So as you can see using leather scraps will not be hard to do. At SAS Fabrics Superstore on North 19th Ave in Phoenix, AZ you can buy a large bag of leather scraps for less than $3.00.

I will start by picking up one of those bags of scraps at SAS Fabrics Superstore  if you ever find yourself in Phoenix this store is worth a visit – great bargains and huge selection. In fact SAS is often times the reason for a trip to Phoenix. for some of our more distant customers.

Okay, now that I have my bag of scraps I will take a look at what I have. To do this I pour all the scraps out on the floor.

Contents from a bag of leather scraps from SAS

Contents from a bag of leather scraps from SAS

Check out the various sizes, colors and textures I have available for my project. I should be able to create something cool with this selection. In fact there is enough to create a few nice things.

For my first project I will try to make a handbag or purse whatever you like to call it. Using a pencil and paper I sketched up a few different designs. A couple of floral designs and a few abstracts. I decided that I liked the floral layout best so I proceeded to cut the leather into shapes needed to create my floral design.

Next, I grab a piece of scrap fabric to glue the leather pieces to. After a few trial & error attempts I came to the conclusion that the best base fabric for this project is some suede I had on hand from an old skirt that never fit right. Using Eco-Flo Leathercraft Cement that I picked up at Hobby Lobby to glue the leather to the suede. I tried using a few other adhesives but none worked as well as the Leathercraft Cement.

I start making my purse by sewing some satin to be a liner. Then I sew the satin liner and the suede outer shell base fabric together to form the purse. Now I am ready to glue my leather shapes onto the suede. I glue the pieces on one at a time in a floral design. I try to use the colors and textures in a way that is appealing and has nice contrast.

I even added some plastic gems and glitter that I picked up at SAS Fabrics Superstore. The glitter may not have been such a great idea but without the convenience of control z, undo, or delete the glitter remains. Here is what I came up with.

A close up of the purse

A close up of the purse

Now, I encourage you to give it a try and PLEASE post images of your creations for us to see.  I look forward to seeing what others can create with a bag of leather scraps from SAS Fabrics Superstore.

Take care & happy crafting!

Laura : )



Affordable Holiday Crafts for kids

Paper Towel tube decor

Here is an affordable way to spend time with the kids this holiday season. Plus when are done you will have some new ornaments to decorate your home with. This is also a ‘green’ project because you use empty toilet paper or paper towel tubes and toothpaste cartons. Be creative and use other similar items that you may have on hand.

What you will need:

1. empty cardboard tubes and/or boxes from paper towels, tooth paste and toilet paper rolls.

2. scissors

3. glue

4. paint

5. glitter (SAS)

6. plastic gems (SAS)

7. Creativity

What you will do is cut the boxes and/or tubes into  +/- 1/2 inch strips in the short direction so you end up with small rings. Next arrange your rings into shapes and use glue to hold them together.

Once the glue is completely dry you can paint the piece. Spray paint would be the easiest way to do this step. Or you can skip this step if you prefer.

Once the paint is dry apply a thin coat of glue wherever you want the glitter to stick. I did mine over the entire piece. While the glue is still tacky sprinkle the glitter onto it.

To give your piece the finishing touch glue a plastic gem from SAS Fabrics Superstore to the center or wherever you want.  Once everything is dry you can hang it as a decoration in your window, on a Christmas tree or wherever you want to add a little bling bling. Post images of your finished project for us to see, please. : )

Toothpaste tube decor

I hope this project will give you and your loved ones some quality time together and wonderful memories that last way beyond the life of the items you created.

Happy Holidays : )

How to Make a Button Elf Doll

Button Elf Dolls by Laura D’Angelico

These little guys are not only cute as a button they are also really quite easy to make.

What you will need:

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1. a pretty good collection of 1/4″ – 1/2″ diameter buttons* (maybe 40-50 per doll).

2. small piece of fabric*. One 12 inch square piece of fabric is plenty.

3. Strong thread* and a needle*. Make sure the needle will fit through the button holes.

4. a small foam ball for each doll head. I used 2 inch diameter. Dollar Store or Hobby Lobby & similar stores

5. beans and a small amount of soft material to fill the body and booties of the doll.

6. paint to create the facial features.

7. 3 small jingle bells*.

8. glue*

For the booties simply cut fabric in the shape of a bootie and stitch all around except the top where the leg goes in. Set aside.

Next separate your buttons to create two legs of equal length. I matched the buttons so that the legs matched in size & length. Repeat the process for the arms. The arms should be shorter than the legs much like those on us humans.

Thread the buttons using a needle and thread. Use a strong thread, ribbon, wire or fishing line and thread through from top of leg to the bottom and back up to the top so that at the bottom of the leg you do not have any ties or thread ends. Just as you would sew a button onto a shirt. Tie the thread at the top of the leg so the buttons cannot come apart.

Repeat the process for the arms.

Next make the hat. Simply cut a piece of fabric big enough to fit on the Styrofoam head. Don’t forget to add for the stitch allowance. The fabric will be pie shaped just like a Santa hat. Sew the fabric to create the hat.

Cut a rectangular piece of fabric for the body. It should be about 3.5 inches by +/- 6 inches long. Fold in half so the finished sides are not visible. The finished faces will be face to face and you will sew it inside out so it is about 3.5 by half of the longer side. Sew the longest side and most of one shorter sides. Turn it right side out and sew on the legs so that none of the loose threads are exposed. Fill the body 3/4 full with beans and the rest with soft material and/or scrap fabric. When you sew it closed sew in the arms so they are well attached.

sew except where dashed

Next you will paint a face on the Styrofoam head. When it is dry you will glue on the hat. Then attach the head to the body and if you wish throw a scarf on around the neck. Sew on the booties and finish it off with a little bell sewn on the tip of each bootie and the tip top of the hat.

Elf Button Doll 1

Elf Button Dolls