How to Make a Button Necklace

Steampunk button necklace designed by Emily Joy Etheredge for Cosplay by McCall's

Steampunk button necklace designed by Emily Joy Etheredge for Cosplay by McCall’s using La Mode® buttons.

There’s something especially satisfying about making your own costume accessories. It’s a great finishing touch for a handmade outfit, and for the perfectionist, it gives you a ton of control over the finished look. If you’re more of a beginner crafter, it’s also a great way to experiment and try out new materials and techniques without using up a lot of materials or time. This necklace is a fun way to use up some of the embellishment bits and pieces you might have collected, and super easy to customize to match your outfit. Click through for the pattern and full tutorial!

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How to sew with faux fur

m2105 cosplay by mccalls

M2105 uses faux fur trim around the hood and the jacket edges.

Faux fur is almost an essential for some costumes. I’m thinking of barbarians, royalty, creatures, holiday or winter-themed versions of almost any cosplay, and others. You can find glossy or shaggy fur fabrics in every imaginable color and pattern, depending on what your character demands. But fake fur can also make an awful mess, and I know there are some people out there who find it intimidating to work with. Here are a few basic tips that will help make your fur-sewing experience easier.

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Meet J. Hart Design

M2096 bouquet de fleur cosplay sewing pattern from j hart design for cosplay by mccalls

Today we’re bringing you an interview with Joshua Hart, the creative force behind J. Hart Design and the amazing Bouquet de Fleur pattern. Joshua has a BFA in Fashion Design and over ten years of sewing and cosplay experience. His creations are couture works of art that showcase his love for unique silhouettes, impeccable fit, and intricate details. If you have a chance, definitely seek out the lectures, panels, and workshops that he does at national and international conventions to share his craftsmanship skills and industry knowledge. And read on for the full interview and costume eye candy! Read more

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