Monday, November 28, 2011



Back in July, I blogged about a nifty tool called the i-top that allows you to easily make cloth-covered buttons. It also works great for covering brads, magnets, or badges with paper or even photo printouts. Well, the inventive team at Imaginisce—the makers of the i-top—have recently come out with a new and improved i-top 2.0. Here it is...

The previous i-top could make 16mm, 22mm and 28mm buttons. The new one allows you to make all of those, plus an even larger size (34mm). It is also lighter weight and has more space between the rubber heads, making it easier to use, in my opinion.

I've been putting my i-top 2.0 to good use making some simple ornaments for my feather tree. To make these quick and easy fabric rosettes, I just sewed a gathering stitch along the long edge of a fabric strip and added a fabric-covered button in the center. It couldn't be simpler! I'll share an updated photo of my feather tree once I'm done making all my fabric rosettes.

For more information on this nifty tool and a detailed tutorial on how easy it is to use, see my previous post at this link: i-top tutorial
Here's a shot from that tutorial showing how the tool works...

Thanks to the generous team at Imaginisce, I’m giving away one of these handy tools to a lucky blog reader! The winner will also get a selection of metal button sets so she/he can start using the i-top right away. Here’s how to enter the giveaway and how the winner will be announced:

1. Because the prize will be shipped directly from the manufacturer, only U.S. entries are eligible to enter.
2. You do NOT have to be an official follower of my blog to enter. However, I do want to reward those of you who officially followed my blog before this giveaway for your support with an additional entry. So if you were already an official follower before this post went up, please leave an additional, separate comment letting me know that. You need to leave a separate comment for it to count as an additional entry.
3. Leave a comment telling me what kind of project you'd like to use this tool for. 
4. If you choose to enter anonymously, please include at least your first name so I have a way of identifying you if you win. 

The giveaway will run until this Saturday, December 3 (10 p.m. central time US). I will choose a winner by random draw and I will announce her/him on Sunday, December 4. The winner must respond to me by Tuesday, December 6, at noon (central time US) to claim the prize. If I don’t hear from the winner by then, I will draw another name. Good luck to all!