Decorative Covering

Pending Publication Date: 2021-11-18
CAMPBELL AMY
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Once an article of clothing is purchased, the user is limited to the original configuration and look unless they have the article altered.
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[0007]The following presents a simplified summary in order to provide a basic understanding of some aspects of the disclosed innovation. This summary is not an extensive overview, and it is not intended t...
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Abstract

A decorative cover configured to conceal a button or an edge. The decorative cover provides a variety of fashion options for updating existing clothing. When concealing a button, the decorative cover comprises a cover component and a button engaging component attachable to a back of the button engaging component. The cover component may retain an outward facing ornamental button or other decorative element. The button engaging component is configured to secure the decorative cover to the button to update the look of a garment. When concealing an edge, the decorative cover comprises a trim component and an edge engaging component. The trim component fits around the edge to update the look of the edge and is held in place via a plurality of clips or an elastic band configured to engage buttons along the edge.

Application Domain

GarmentsClothes buttons

Technology Topic

EngineeringMechanical engineering +1

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[0042]The innovation is now described with reference to the drawings, wherein like reference numerals are used to refer to like elements throughout. In the following description, for purposes of explanation, numerous specific details are set forth in order to provide a thorough understanding thereof. It may be evident, however, that the innovation can be practiced without these specific details. In other instances, well-known structures and devices are shown in block diagram form in order to facilitate a description thereof. Various embodiments are discussed hereinafter. It should be noted that the figures are described only to facilitate the description of the embodiments. They do not intend as an exhaustive description of the invention or do not limit the scope of the invention. Additionally, an illustrated embodiment need not have all the aspects or advantages shown. Thus, in other embodiments, any of the features described herein from different embodiments may be combined.
[0043]The present invention comprises a unique button covering. The covering allows users to interchange and alter the look of buttons without having to remove current buttons and sew on new ones. The invention features several pre-set buttonholes that correspond to existing buttons. The cover can be secured via elastic ties or fasteners. The cover can be applied to shirts, blouses, skirts, pants, and more. Any type of cover can be created for altering the look of buttons. The elastic bands or fasteners are firmly secured to the existing button, changing its look. The cover is kept securely in place until manually removed. The covers may be available in numerous colors, styles, and designs.
[0044]Referring initially to the drawings, FIGS. 1-11 illustrate a decorative cover 100 configured to conceal a button 10. The decorative cover 100 is attachable to and covers a variety of buttons of different sizes and shapes. The decorative cover 100 is used to temporarily change the look of a piece of clothing without the need to cut off old buttons and sew on new ones.
[0045]As illustrated in FIG. 1, the decorative cover 100 comprises a cover component 110 and a button engaging component 130. As illustrated in FIG. 2, the cover component 110 comprises a front 112, a back 118, a top 122, and a bottom 124. The cover component 110 may be an ornamental button 114 designed to look like an original button as illustrated in FIG. 5. The cover component 110 may further comprise a decorative element 116 attached to the front 112 as illustrated in FIG. 3. The decorative element 116 may be of any configuration, such as a cloth flower, lace, vinyl, leather, plastic, fringe, trimming, an ornamental design, or the like.
[0046]As illustrated in FIGS. 2 and 6. the back 118 may comprise a hollow 120 penetrating the back 118. The back 118 is positioned to face the button 118 to be covered. The hollow 120 is configured to accept the button 10 so that the cover component 110 sits flush on the surface or the material retaining the button 10.
[0047]The button engaging component 130 is attachable to the back 118 of the cover component 110. The button engaging component 130 is configured to secure the decorative cover 110 to the button 10. As illustrated in FIGS. 2, and 4A-4B, the button engaging component 130 may comprise an elastic band 140. The elastic band 140 comprises a buttonhole 142 or slit. The buttonhole 142 is configured to fit around and accept the button 10. The elastic band 140 is typically secured to the top 122 and the bottom 124 of the back 118 of the cover component 110, although it may alternatively be secured side to side. The elastic band 140 is typically used for standard sized buttons typically ranging from approximately between ¼ and two inches in diameter.
[0048]As illustrated in FIGS. 7A and 7B, the button engaging component 130 may comprise a pair of elastic cords 150. Each elastic cord 150 is attachable to the top 122 and the bottom 124 of the back 118 of the cover component 110. Each elastic cord 150 is configured to extend horizontally around the button 10 in opposing directions to engage the button 10 and hold the decorative cover 100 in place over the button 10 as illustrated in FIG. 7B. The pair of elastic cords 150 are typically used for larger buttons, large buttons with rhinestones, heavy buttons, or buttons with wire and see-through holes typically ranging from approximately up to three inches in diameter.
[0049]As illustrated in FIGS. 8A and 8B, the button engaging component 130 may comprise a pouch 160 and a drawstring 162. The pouch 160 is a cloth pouch and is configured to fit over and partially encapsulate the button 10. Once the pouch 160 is positioned over the button 10, the drawstring 162 is tightened to hold the pouch 160 in place over the button 10. The drawstring 162 may be embedded in a perimeter of the pouch 160 or may be attached to the outside of the pouch 162. The pouch 160 and drawstring 162 are typically used for extra-large oversized buttons typically approximately larger than two inches in diameter, or for fabric buttons.
[0050]As illustrated in FIGS. 9-11, the button engaging component 130 may comprise an attachment component 170. The attachment component 170 is two pieces and comprises a cover component attaching portion 172 and a button engaging portion 174. The button engaging portion 174 is detachable from the cover component attaching portion 172. The cover component attaching portion 172 is typically permanently attached to the back 118 of the cover component 110. The button engaging portion 174 is a strap or an elastic band with a buttonhole configured to fit around and accept the button 10. The button engaging portion 174 is attachable to the cover engaging portion 172 via a hook and loop fastening system 176.
[0051]The hook and loop fastening system 176 comprises a cover attachment portion element 178 attached to the cover component attaching portion 172 and a button engaging portion element 180 attached to the button engaging portion 174. The cover attachment portion element 178 and the button engaging portion element 180 are the hooks and loops of the hook and loop fastening system 176. The attachment component 170 is typically used for smaller buttons approximately smaller than ¼ inches in diameter that are commonly used with child and infant clothing.
[0052]The subject matter disclosed and claimed herein, in an additional embodiment thereof as illustrated in FIGS. 12-15, comprises a decorative cover 200 configured to wrap over and conceal an edge or a corner. The edge can be a straight or curved edge. The decorative cover 200 is attachable to and covers a variety of edges on fabric products and garments, such as cuffs, collars, neck openings, waistbands, leg openings, arm openings, front openings in shirts and blouses, pocket openings, footwear openings, hems, curtains, hats, head dressings, beading, comforters, bedspreads, bed shirts, pillow shams, furniture dressings and skirts, draperies, and the like as illustrated in FIGS. 17-21. When applying the decorative cover 200 to beddings edges and hems for bed skirts, comforters or bedspreads, the lengths and width are relative to standard sizes for beddings. When attaching the decorative cover 200 to sofa or chair dressings and skirts, standard sizes for length of furniture is used.
[0053]The decorative cover 200 comprises a trim component 210 and an edge engaging component 240. The trim component 210 comprises a crease 212, an inside facing portion 222, and an outside facing portion 214. The crease 212 is generally a V-shaped or U-shaped fold in the trim component 210 that separates an outside facing portion 214 and an inside facing portion 222 of the trim component 210. The trim component 210 further comprises a pair of ends 228.
[0054]The outside facing portion 214 comprises a front side 216 and a back side 220. The front side 216 faces outward and may comprise a decorative element 218. The decorative element 218 may be buttons, lacing, flowers, assorted fabrics, or other decorative ornamentation. The inside facing portion 220 is positioned on the inside or back side of the fabric having an edge to be covered. The inside facing portion 220 comprises a front side 224 positional against the fabric and a back side 226.
[0055]The edge engaging portion 240 is configured to secure the decorative cover 200 to the edge. The edge engaging portion 240 is attached to the back side 220 of the outside facing portion 214 of the trim component 210. The edge engaging portion 240 comprises a plurality of clips 242. The plurality of clips 242 are configured to engage the edge and secure the decorative cover 220 to the edge. The plurality of clips 242 may have toothed edges, be alligator clips, combs, lock slides, retractable clips, reversible clips, buckles, hair clips, or any other known fastener for fabric. As illustrated in FIG. 15, the trim component 210 may further comprise an interfacing 232. The interfacing 232 is a piece of fabric, mesh, lining, underlining, vinyl, leather, rubber, foam, or padding positional between the edge engaging portion 240 and the wearer to provide cushioning.
[0056]The trim component 210 may further comprise a closure 230 as illustrated in FIG. 20. The closure 230 is used to connect the pair of ends 228 of the trim component 210 once the plurality of clips 242 have secured the decorative cover 200 in place over the edge. The closure 230 may be magnetic or mechanical in construction. For example, when the decorative cover 200 is used to cover the foot opening in a boot as illustrated in FIG. 19, the pair of ends 228 are mated with the closure 230 to surround the opening.
[0057]As illustrated in FIG. 21, the decorative cover 200 may further comprise a plurality of weighted components 250. The plurality of weighted components 250 are attachable to the trim component 210. For curtains or drapery, the plurality of weighted components 250 are typically decorative pendants with clips on the back side that attach to the edge of the curtain and create a more draped appearance.
[0058]The subject matter disclosed and claimed herein, in an additional embodiment thereof as illustrated in FIGS. 16 and 18, comprises a decorative cover 200 configured to conceal a button-lined edge. The decorative cover 200 is attachable to and covers a variety of edges that have buttons such as along the front of a shirt or a blouse. The decorative cover 200 comprises a trim component 210 and an edge engaging component 240. The trim component 210 comprises a crease 212, an inside facing portion 222, and an outside facing portion 214. The crease 212 is generally a V-shaped or U-shaped fold in the trim component 210 that separates an outside facing portion 214 and an inside facing portion 222 of the trim component 210. The trim component 210 further comprises a pair of ends 228.
[0059]The outside facing portion 214 comprises a front side 216 and a back side 220. The front side 216 faces outward and may comprise a decorative element 218. The decorative element 218 may be buttons, lacing, flowers, or other decorative ornamentation. The inside facing portion 220 is positioned on the inside or back side of the fabric having an edge to be covered. The inside facing portion 220 comprises a front side 224 positional against the fabric and a back side 226.
[0060]The edge engaging portion 240 is attached to a back side 220 of the outside facing portion 214 of the trim component 210. The edge engaging portion 240 comprises an elastic band 244. The elastic band 244 comprises a plurality of slits 246. The plurality of slits 246 are buttonholes and are configured to fit around and accept the buttons along the button-lined edge to secure the decorative cover 200 to the edge.
[0061]Notwithstanding the forgoing, the decorative coverings 100 and 200 can by any suitable size, shape, and configuration as is known in the art without affecting the overall concept of the invention, provided that it accomplishes the above stated objectives. One of ordinary skill in the art will appreciate that the shape and size of the decorative coverings 100 and 200 and their various components, as show in the FIGS. are for illustrative purposes only, and that many other shapes and sizes of the decorative coverings 100 and 200 are well within the scope of the present disclosure. Although dimensions of the decorative coverings 100 and 200 and their components (i.e., length, width, and height) are important design parameters for good performance, the decorative coverings 100 and 200 and their various components may be any shape or size that ensures optimal performance during use and/or that suits user need and/or preference. As such, the decorative coverings 100 and 200 may be comprised of sizing/shaping that is appropriate and specific in regard to whatever the decorative coverings 100 and 200 are designed to be applied.
[0062]What has been described above includes examples of the claimed subject matter. It is, of course, not possible to describe every conceivable combination of components or methodologies for purposes of describing the claimed subject matter, but one of ordinary skill in the art may recognize that many further combinations and permutations of the claimed subject matter are possible. Accordingly, the claimed subject matter is intended to embrace all such alterations, modifications and variations that fall within the spirit and scope of the appended claims. Furthermore, to the extent that the term “includes” is used in either the detailed description or the claims, such term is intended to be inclusive in a manner similar to the term “comprising” as “comprising” is interpreted when employed as a transitional word in a claim.

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