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diy project: fabric-covered thumbtacks

by Grace Bonney

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jessica jones is a diy project goddess. i’m always ooh-ing and ahh-ing over her tutorials (and her new fabric line) and was thrilled when she gave me the ok to share one of my favorite projects of hers over here. i’m the sort of girl who loves little fabric details on just about everything i own (the team at also probably wanted to kill me for wanting to constantly add more fabric details to the d*s site redesign) so these lovely vintage fabric-covered thumbtacks showed up on her site last year i instantly bookmarked them for a future weekend project. now that i’m preparing to head to seattle and portland next week i thought it would be fun to work on while i try to calm my nerves about flying. and these little thumbtacks are just the ticket. the perfect small-scale project for calming nerves and using up extra scraps of fabric, these thumbtacks are easy to make and there’s a full tutorial on them right here. jess’ directions are repeated again below the fold, click here for the full post. [thanks, jess!]

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Fabric-covered Thumbtacks Project, by Jessica Jones (Jess’ post right here):

1. Start with a pack of “Wedding Gown Size” (size 20, 1/2″) metal buttons to cover (available at fabric stores for about $1.50). Pull the loops off all the button backing pieces with a pliers or wire cutter. Cut your fabric scraps into circles slightly larger than a quarter, or use the circle template printed on the back of your button package. (Since the edges get tucked in under the metal backing, you don’t have to be a careful cutter.)

2. Following the package directions, use the “pusher” tool that came in the pack to cover your buttons with fabric. This step is easy and the most fun! Then use a generous amount of hot glue to attach a tack to the back of your button. A standard tack should fit perfectly. Your cork board will thank you.

3. POST SCRIPT: You can buy buttons to cover that have flat backs so you don’t have to yank off the wire loops! Get some here at J Caroline Creative. I did NOT know this when I made mine. Shoot. Could have saved myself some work.

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