How to Sew a Button

Time: 3-5 minutes
Materials: thread, needle, shank button, scissors, fabric

Before jumping into a 4 day make-a-thon known as Craftcation, I decided to brush up on the little sewing skills I have. While glitter dipping will always be my craft of choice, it’s nice to have a base of practical skills. I’ll be sharing a DIY using this technique next week, so stay tuned!

How to Sew a Button | The Crafted Life

1. Measure out your thread then tie a knot at the end. For a more durable hold, double layer your thread.

2. Thread your needle.

3. Pull your threaded needle through your fabric once. The knot should be on the back of the fabric so the button faces outward.

4. Pass your needle through the button shank then pull button down until it’s touching the fabric. The needle should then go back into the fabric near the original stitch.

5. Hold the button in place with your thumb and continue the process of passing the needle up through the fabric, through the shank, then back down until button is secure. It should take about 10 times, but you can always do more to be safe.

6. Tie your finishing knot in the back when done.

Today my dear friend Mere and I are heading south to Venture, CA for Craftcation. In case you haven’t heard of the conference, it’s a crafters DREAM! While there, I’ll be attending lectures on how to run a creative biz plus taking workshops like dressmaking 101, fresh flower accessories, gift wrapping and more. I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned with you when I return, but in the meantime, you can follow along on my Instagram feed.

How to Remove Wax From a Jar

Time: 45 minutes
Materials: used candle, hot water, fine mesh strainer, soap & water

Learn how to remove wax from a jar so you can reuse your old candle containers!

When I bought this candle from Illume, I knew I’d eventually have to do something with the fabulous jar when the wick got too short. Well that time came earlier this week, so I decided to learn how to remove wax from a jar. The process is much easier than expected, here’s how!

How to Remove Wax from a Jar | The Crafted Life

First, bring some water to almost a boil and pour into your jar (works with glass too). You’ll want to make sure all the wax is covered, even the remnants on the sides. Make yourself a cup of tea with the remaining water, sit back, and wait for the water to cool.

How to Remove Wax from a Jar | The Crafted Life

Your wax should melt with ease. Once the water is cool, your wax will float to the top. Remove the wax and the wick stub with a spoon and throw out (unless you plan to reuse). You’ll want to pour the remaining water through a fine mesh strainer in order to filter out the smaller pieces. Make sure not to get any wax down your drain!

How to Remove Wax from a Jar | The Crafted Life
Clean your jar with soap and water, dry, and you’re done! For now I am using this as a flower vase, but may store my jewelry in it later.

How to Remove Wax from a Jar | The Crafted Life

How to Remove Wax from a Jar | The Crafted Life

What would you keep in your brand new jar?