December 4, 2009

frog closure how to


Here it is. The Chinese frog closure tutorial. The instructions are broken down into 5 jpegs, 1mb each, and each jpeg is an 8 x 11 image.
 






Here is what the finished frogs will look like.


My closures went on a dress, but they can be used for many projects. If you use these instructions to tie your own frog buttons send me a picture of them. I'd love to see how they turn out!

29 comments:

  1. I have become such a fan of this blog and this post is a prime example of why (I can't wait to try this). Your skills are wonderful and you never hesitate to share your experiences and knowledge in a practical way that we can all use in our own homes and workplaces, and it is never lost on me that this is also your time that you are sharing with us. The time it takes to photograph everything and the time it takes to post it all, explaining in detail what we are looking at. I love this blog. Thank you, thank you, and keep up the amazing work!

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  2. Gorgeous! Thanks for posting this.

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  3. What a wonderful resource! THANK YOU! Love your blog!

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  4. What kind words from you all. Thank you!

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  5. Selma Bouvier, this is wonderful, and just what I needed for a project I have slated for the end of January. I'll have to post a link for you when she's finished. Thanks again!

    eggies_red_dres(lj)

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  6. how do you then attach the beautiful frog to the fabric?

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  7. Ah, right, maybe I could have elaborated a bit further. So then, baste the frog in place with a few stitches. Once you've got both the loop and knot sides in the correct positions you can stitch from underneath the fabric through the cord of the frog. I stitched under all three clover leaves of the loops, and the center knot, leaving the lashed together fastening part free. If I get a moment I'll take a picture from the inside and add it so it's clear. I hope this helps!

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  8. This is a good start on how to attach the frogs, thanks. If you have the time your very detailed photos would be most helpful. Thanks!

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  9. Lovee it, i going to make a cheongsam for my girl but couldnt a right closure, i found your blog, it's perfect!! I wish you could post a step by step tutorial in how to sew the cheongsam.

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  10. This is, without any doubt, the BEST tutorial on making frog closures I've ever seen -- and I have seen a number of them over the years! Fabulous work! :)

    :) Linda

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  11. Excellent! This is just the detail I was looking for to learn how to do frog buttons. Thanks so much for posting this!

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  12. Thank you so much for this tutorial. Just gorgeous!

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  13. It is interesting the way many frog closures can be made and the variety of designs can stir and encourage your mind to creativity.

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  14. I have been searching for this info everywhere.
    Thank You!

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  15. Thank you Thank you Thank you! These are the best directions for making frogs on the web.

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  16. Since you haven't had a thank you in 2011 yet, I thought I'd be the first! I've been looking for longer frogs - based on dress Scarlett wore in Gone iwth the Wind - and not able to find any. This tutorial gives me some good ideas on how I can make my own! Pefect! Thanks much!

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  17. Heaven. I have been searching dozens websites for at least an hour. I used to have a book, but since my recent move, but haven't been able to find it. What a wonderful tutorial, with description and pix. I am sewing 41 cast costumes for an elementary production of Mulan Jr., and with frogs whilesaling for 3.00 set....they just weren't in the budget to purchase. THANK YOU THANK YOU. AND a great website, unknown to me, to boot! Bonus!!!

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  18. WOW - great tutorial! Thank you so much for posting this!!

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  19. Thank you! Thank you! I bought a set of frogs but they looked kind of cheesy when I got them out of the package. This frog is just what I wanted and I'm excited by the prospect of building it myself!

    I just joined your blog today so I have a lot of catching up to do but it looks like I'll enjoy every minute!

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  20. Was just wondering if you could tell me how long a cord to start with. I think one that I'm using is too long, seem to get tangled up.
    Thank you

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    1. Good question. I had yards of cord so I believe I cut 18" lengths and started looping until a frog was finished. I'm guessing it's around 12" -14" for the side without the knot, but you need longer to be able to manipulate the cord comfortably. I hope this helped!

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  21. I have been searching for frog instructions for a while and most 'knots' are overhand with the cut ends glued under. Thank you for serious detail and walk through!! I can't wait to get my ornamentation and my dress going! Thank you again, truly!

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  22. thank you so much. a friend of mine gave me the link and I'm so glad she did. I have lots of leather that I can make a bunch of these up for my shawls that I'm working on. I'll try and send a photo soon of one on a shawl.

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