Monday, September 5, 2011

Vintage Buttons

I recently sorted all my buttons by color....obsessively.  I have had them for years.  They were in a jumbled mess in a large drawer for all those years until that day came when I could not stop sorting until they were all in old cigar boxes sorted by color and the white ones by size. 

Now I have become obsessed with finding ways to use them.  This is my first attempt.

I have been wanting to use numerals in some way so I decided to combine these two things.

I tend to think with my hands and then I get ahead of myself.  That's what happened here.  I started laying the buttons on my printout.  I continued to tweak them until I had a layout that satisfied me.  Opps, no second printout and I had not traced my numerals on the fabric.  Easy?  It would have been if I had saved the original.  Luckily the font I used started with "A" so I didn't have to search for long.

Sewing the buttons on took awhile and some adjustments had to be made along the way.  Next time I am going to attach the backing to my mini quilt frame to see if that makes getting the needle through all those little holes easier.

My sewing skills are pretty rusty so the piping and pillow construction would not hold up to close scrutiny.  Hopefully that will improve with practice.

I am sure I will get that much needed practice because "have buttons, will obsess."

You can see I am wasting no time moving to project #2.  Looks like I may have to purchase some small brown buttons to complete this pattern.  How did using all my stored buttons turn into heading to the store to buy buttons?

1 comment:

  1. Love your pillow! thanks for stopping by refreshrestyle!