Sunday, June 6, 2010

Ponytail Tutorial

Lets get started. I will make this a little more exciting as time goes on, but I would like to get you started with this one. Please excuse the photos, it is hard to hold the camera and make buttons at the same time!
Cover buttons come in many sizes, here is a list of the various sizes. We also sell the buttons in your choice of a back - wire back or a flat back. The wire version is your traditional shank button that would be used in a sewing application. Flat backs are great for magnet and other glued applications. For the purpose of making a ponytail, we will use a wire backed button. The main reason is so we can use the holes to secure the hair elastic.
You will need to remove, we use wire cutters, to access the holes and remove the button shank from the back.
a quick snip with wire cutters does the trick.
then using a simple craft wire, available at all craft stores and some hardware stores. Snip off some wire to work with. I use about four inches to start with.
Attach the elastic to the button back with the wire as shown above. Pull the wire through to the back and make sure the wire is snug to the button back.
About 5 or 6 twists of the wire to secure and then snip off the end leaving 3/4's of an inch tail.
You will need to see what is comfortable for you, I have never had one come unattached. If you leave a bigger tail, just smush it flat . . . it will be hidden by the button.
We use elastics that we find at Target, Walmart, drug stores or often our grocery store has great prices. We like the version that doesn't have the metal connection. Often called "ouchless" or "no damage". We use a bigger elastic for size 45 and 60 buttons to make ponytails and smaller size elastics and size 30 and 36 buttons to make pairs of pigtails.
Take your fabric scrap and set it print side down into the pusher tool (you need a tool for each size button you use) and then set the button in with the domed side facing down and the bowl side facing you.
snip the excess fabric and trace around the button. This is a trial and error kind of operation, we leave different amounts of fabric depending on the fabric type. For quilting or regular cotton, we leave about a half-inch.
Trimming fabric scrap around button
It will look like this when trimmed and ready to attach the button
Tucking in fabric
Tuck the fabric into the center of the button shell.
Push until it snaps
Insert the back into the button shell with the elastic side facing out and the side with the wire twisted into the button. Using the pusher tool as shown in the photo push the back into the button, you will feel it snap into place.
Removing button from cover tool
Remove the button from the tool and you will have yourself a ponytail!
Back view of cover button ponytail
The back will look like this
Finished Ponytail
The finished ponytail will look like this!

8 comments:

Jenny said...

shouldnt you post an addiction warning?? :)
i liked seeing how you made yours! thanks for the post.

Three Dancing Magpies said...

I probably left lots out. We have a new blog design and I just needed to get one done. I have been making scrabble tile pendants like crazy this weekend and have glaze all over . . . time to switch to buttons. Is this how you make them?

LittleGemsbyKari said...

oo i like how you did it- mine didn't lay flat now i know how to make it! Thanks!

upstateLisa said...

cute! I always wondered how to make these!

tasha said...

hi kirsten,

i got your link from our 3 x6 group thread.

these look really fun! i think my hair could use some added cuteness! :)

Colette said...

Yaay I got my stuff in the mail today! Can't wait to make some ponies. Thanks so much!

tasha said...

thanks kirsten! i can't wait to try!

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