Backstitch a little birdcage with a single strand of floss. Then attach it to a blank pendant, and slip it onto a chain.
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Designer: Heidi Palkovic


  • Scrap of solid white fabric
  • 1-1/8"-diameter covered button
  • Embroidery floss: black
  • Water- or heat-soluble marking pen
  • Embroidery pattern (download it above)

Assemble the Button

1. Trace embroidery pattern onto white paper. Using a light box or a sunny window, trace the pattern onto right side of white fabric using a water- or heat-soluble marking pen. Place fabric in a small embroidery hoop.

2. Use one strand of black floss for all stitching. Backstitch birdcage with short stitches. Stitch double-wrapped French knots for doorknob and dots on the curly ornamentation. Stitch chain with two chain stitches. See common embroidery stitches here.

3. Refer to "How to Make a Covered Button," to cut out and assemble covered button.