Button, Button, Who’s Got the Button?

When I was a little girl, I loved going through my mum's button box.  Her button box was actually a red, round tin, full of the most amazing treasures~buttons of all sizes, shapes, textures and colors. I could amuse myself for at least an hour, sifting and sorting. There were large, wooden buttons, Bakelite buttons, flower buttons, buttons that didn't look like buttons, animal and fabric buttons. It was Pandora's Box.Ω There are lots of crafts that can be made from buttons,  Christmas ornaments to greeting cards to framed art. I just love the Framed Stag Button and Badge artwork by Hello Geronimo.
Nantucket Island Pillow
Nantucket Island Pillow/Creative Whimzy
Screen shot 2015-02-28 at 6.55.47 AMWhile on the island of Nantucket, I saw the island, itself, done up in buttons on a pillow.  I knew that I wanted to copy the idea because it looked like a fun DIY, and the pillow in the store was exorbitant. On a visit back to my childhood home in Minnesota, I dug out my mum's button box, and pulled out all the white buttons I could find. I bought an inexpensive pillow from HomeGoods.  My Nantucket Pillow is above. Button Pillow Steps Here are the steps that I took and some things to avoid:
  • In Google-type in the image you want to search  (ex. Minnesota)
  • Select Images-Search Tools-Line drawing
  • Print out the outline. Then cut out image. Lightly trace the shape onto your fabric or pillow or paper. Screen Shot 2015-02-28 at 6.45.55 PM MN outline
    Miinnesota in Buttons
    Minnesota in Buttons
  • If you are making a pillow, sew the buttons on. *I originally hot glue-gunned the buttons on the fabric, but since a pillow is something that is moved about, eventually the buttons will fall off.  If you look closely at my pillow, you'll notice some bare spots where I need to add buttons. Incidentally, gluing the buttons on first only makes it more difficult to sew them on later.
  • If you are making artwork, such as a card or an item you will frame, using a hot glue gun will suffice.
I won't lie, sewing the individual buttons took a long time, but I did it when I was binge-watching The House of Cards on Netflix. I wish I had picked a solid pillow rather than a striped one, but at the time, I thought it was nautical. Now I plan to do one of Minnesota.      

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