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Fold the bias strip in half lengthwise.
Glue one end to the plastic ring and wrap the ring with the fabric – each wrap should be placed so that the fold covers the raw edge of the previous wrap. Stretch the bias strip as you wrap.
When you have a few wraps left, fold both ends of the bias strip in towards the centre of the strip. This is a little difficult at first, but each wrap will get easier. Continue to wrap and the last wrap should then have both raw edges folded in.
Stitch the end of the strip to the fabric at the back of the ring to hold it. Do not trim off the excess yet.
Use the singleton method (see page 16) to create a half ball shape using the circle of fabric and some stuffing. Before tightening, ensure that the shape will fit into the centre of the ring and adjust the stuffing if required.
Push the half ball up through the centre of the ring. Secure in place by stitching the back of the half ball and catching the bias fabric at the edge. The back of the button should be flat.
Any excess from the bias strip can also be stitched to the back of the half ball before being trimmed. This will help to ensure that it is well secured.
Stitch the felt to the back of the button, using small stitches and trimming it if required.
The Singleton Method
1 Thread a sharp needle with sewing thread and knot the end. Work a small backstitch approximately 5mm (¼in) in from the edge of the largest circle. Now work small running stitches all of the way around.
2 Gather the thread to begin to form a pouch shape, with the right side facing out.
3 Insert the ring and pull in the stitches to tighten them around the ring. Work a small backstitch to hold the gathers.
4 Work long stitches from top to bottom across the back of the button in a spiral. Each stitch should catch just a small amount of the fabric, and pull in towards the centre. This will tighten the fabric across the face of the button.
Steps 1 to 4 are used to cover button moulds, rings and backings throughout the book. Simply insert the relevant piece or stuffing at step 3. The spiral stitches will need to be less tight when covering a soft item such as felt to maintain the shape. These steps will be referred to hereafter as the singleton method.