Button Bouquet

A Floral Centerpiece Bouquet made of Buttons

By Laura D’Angelico

Have you ever been asked to do something that made you think to yourself, or even say aloud, “You want me to do WHAT!?” Well, that is exactly what went through my mind when the owner of SAS Fabrics Superstore asked me to make floral centerpieces using buttons. I thought how could a button bouquet even be centerpiece worthy?

So, I kind of ignored the request for a few months. I made button elf dolls, a button heart doll and planned on making button dolls for Easter & St. Patricks Day as examples of how customers could use buttons in non traditional ways. Then one day in February out of nowhere came the courage to take on this Button Bouquet challenge.

So, while at SAS Fabrics Superstore I picked up a gross of buttons in various sizes, colors, textures and types. I brought them home to my crafting room and started to make button bouquets. My first attempt was kind of a failure. I was using too many buttons and making the stems too long with buttons all the way to the base. These stems were unable to support themselves and simply flopped over.

At this point I decided to take another look at the sample pictures she had given me months ago. Here are some of those pictures.

Original Button Bouquet by Liz

Original Button Bouquet by Liz

More button bouquets by Liz

More button bouquets by Liz

I noticed the bouquets, made by her daughter-in-law, used only a few buttons at the top of the stem to form a bloom. Being the person I am I simply glanced at the pictures then did it my own way. My husband likes to refer to my behavior as stubborn. In my defense, I just prefer to see what I can come up with without being a total copycat. I like my crafts to be a little different.

One of the biggest differences between her bouquets & mine is that I cheated a little by incorporating flowers that are also available at SAS Fabrics Superstore.  And I even used larger buttons as bases for my little 2 stem bouquets.

Here are some pictures of my Button Bouquets. I hope if you decide to take on this challenge that you post pictures of your bouquets for us to see.

Another by me.

Another by me.

Button bouquet by me Laura Leigh

Button bouquet by me Laura Leigh

 

And the last by me.

And the last by me.

Take care & happy Crafting : ).

 

How to Make a Button Elf Doll

Button Elf Dolls by Laura D’Angelico

These little guys are not only cute as a button they are also really quite easy to make.

What you will need:

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1. a pretty good collection of 1/4″ – 1/2″ diameter buttons* (maybe 40-50 per doll).

2. small piece of fabric*. One 12 inch square piece of fabric is plenty.

3. Strong thread* and a needle*. Make sure the needle will fit through the button holes.

4. a small foam ball for each doll head. I used 2 inch diameter. Dollar Store or Hobby Lobby & similar stores

5. beans and a small amount of soft material to fill the body and booties of the doll.

6. paint to create the facial features.

7. 3 small jingle bells*.

8. glue*

For the booties simply cut fabric in the shape of a bootie and stitch all around except the top where the leg goes in. Set aside.

Next separate your buttons to create two legs of equal length. I matched the buttons so that the legs matched in size & length. Repeat the process for the arms. The arms should be shorter than the legs much like those on us humans.

Thread the buttons using a needle and thread. Use a strong thread, ribbon, wire or fishing line and thread through from top of leg to the bottom and back up to the top so that at the bottom of the leg you do not have any ties or thread ends. Just as you would sew a button onto a shirt. Tie the thread at the top of the leg so the buttons cannot come apart.

Repeat the process for the arms.

Next make the hat. Simply cut a piece of fabric big enough to fit on the Styrofoam head. Don’t forget to add for the stitch allowance. The fabric will be pie shaped just like a Santa hat. Sew the fabric to create the hat.

Cut a rectangular piece of fabric for the body. It should be about 3.5 inches by +/- 6 inches long. Fold in half so the finished sides are not visible. The finished faces will be face to face and you will sew it inside out so it is about 3.5 by half of the longer side. Sew the longest side and most of one shorter sides. Turn it right side out and sew on the legs so that none of the loose threads are exposed. Fill the body 3/4 full with beans and the rest with soft material and/or scrap fabric. When you sew it closed sew in the arms so they are well attached.

sew except where dashed

Next you will paint a face on the Styrofoam head. When it is dry you will glue on the hat. Then attach the head to the body and if you wish throw a scarf on around the neck. Sew on the booties and finish it off with a little bell sewn on the tip of each bootie and the tip top of the hat.

Elf Button Doll 1

Elf Button Dolls

ALL DONE.