Saturday, September 27, 2008

Fabric Knobs {A Tutorial}

Particularly in the light chill of early autumn, that desirable sense of warmth and home seems to emanate from the cozier, comforting niceties - patchwork quilts, patterned table cloths, skeins of yarns - in short, the ever-inviting texture of textile. So why not take this coziness a step further by trading in traditional hardware for something a little softer. After making a set of fabric covered drawer pulls for the "thirties dresser" (see previous post) I compiled a little self-illustrated how-to. Happy crafting!
Some notes on supplies: Pictured above are all the materials you'll need to make these. I used 1.5" inch, unfinished wooden knobs, purchased for about 50 cents each at the local hardware store. For knobs of this size you'll need approximately a 5" square piece of lightweight cotton fabric for each knob. {Cue industrious creativity! There are as many possibilities for knobs as there are fabrics - I used a re-purposed hand-me-down skirt making this project extra thrifty.} As far as glue, I recommend using Aleene's Tacky Glue, thinned out as needed with standard Elmer's white school glue. And finally, the clear spray is optional, but I find it makes for a more durable, cleanable surface, not to mention a nice glossy finish.




16 comments:

thebeaddreamer said...

These are really beautiful and the illustrations just charming.

Stacy's Designs 88 said...

once again, you've created a tutorial which is fit for a magazine! Love your illustrations and your EZ step by step instructions. Thanks for Sharing! :)

capitolagirl said...

how fun! and i love how you created such cute graphics to walk readers through the process:-)

Miss B. said...

Thank you for this you did such a great job!

LBB said...

I really like this fabric knob idea, as well as your depictions of the process. Great job on the dresser too! It looks so fresh! I’ll have to tuck this hardware idea away in the back of my mind for future furniture projects.

P.S. Thanks so much for linking to my blog, Livy! :)

Bettyjoy said...

what a great idea - and a lovely blog too:)

Angelique said...

I love how creativity leads people to see things differently! Your dresser looks awesome, and I don't think many people would have thought to make knobs themselves. The tutorial is pretty cute too :)

- Angelique
(http://studiokiekje.typepad.com)

Ziakoko said...

this is such a cute idea, I have a really horrid old chest of drawers and I think I'l go a step further and cover the drawer fronts too!

Halloween Costumes said...

yeah good illustrations

Alicia said...

Oh I love this idea! I love the instructions, too!

Lobster and swan said...

Great tutorial! lovely smiling colours!

sara said...

LoL! I'm in the middle/end of a desk makeover and had just finally given up hope for interesting knobs, deciding to use the original china ones. NOW I find this! Thanks any way. If they don't work - I'm totally trying this!

pinkstilettos said...

oh my gosh! I am so glad that I found your blog. It is Great! Thank you so much for this tutorial. I have done the fabric thing on my lightswitch covers at home and they turned out really good. Daisy~

eileensideways said...

i guess u could easily use modpodge! great idea. so so creative.

Sheau said...

This is wonderful. For the second rubber band, I am not sure what is the purpose? Is it to hold the wet glue and fabric at the bottom half section of the knob? We are going to make a play kitchen for our little one and I will try fabric know for the stove. : ) Thank you.

Jenn said...

love this! can't wait to try it

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