Monday, July 29, 2013

Button Art Tutorial - How to create a monogram button pillow

Ever wonder how people make those beautiful button pillows?  After admiring all the beautiful button art I found on Pinterest, I decided to try my hand at making my own pillow.

Here is my granddaughter holding the finished product.

I'm sure there is more than one way to do this, but here is my step by step tutorial.

Pillow Insert
Glue (optional)

The first step is to cut out your pillow.  Just add one inch to the size of your pillow form.  My pillow form was 14" so I cut two squares 15" each.

Next step is to decide on the letter and play around on your computer and find a font that you like.  I used simple "Times New Roman."

Next trace the letter on your fabric.  Be sure to go lightly.

Next start laying out your buttons.  A mix of colors and sizes is a good idea.  Note that I originally purchased 3 different packages but had to go and purchase a 4th package of extra small buttons to cover my pencil marks.


I started out using the glue dots but found that when I started to sew the buttons in place the glue just got in the way.  I found it easier to refer to my picture as I went around the A.

Here is the pillow front with buttons all sewn (with the exception of the little ones).


Iron the back side of the fabric and put the two pieces of fabric together to make your pillow.  Make sure you leave an opening on one side to slide your pillow form in.  I recommend that you round the corners so that your pillow does not have pointy corners.

Trim the corners, turn right side out, stuff your pillow and then sew the seam shut and Voila there you have it!  A cute little pillow for a sweet little girl!

All in all it took about half a day to make and I have plenty of buttons to make another!  Maybe I'll tackle some wall art next time.  I'm thinking I can use hot glue!!!
If you've ever tried this, feel free to share.
Thanks for stopping by.
Until next time...

Friday, July 26, 2013

Friday Finds - All Things French

Welcome to another Friday Finds!  It has always been my desire to go to France and hopefully one day I will.  For now I will be content with enjoying "All Things French" - the theme of this week's Friday Finds.

This treasury is called "Parisian Pallet" and has been curated by Sheena from Koolnecks Accessories.

Silver Ring Dangle Earrings by Koolnecks Accessories 

I want to see Paris someday!

Paris photo - Fantasy Eiffel - French photo - Fine art photography - architecture - minimalist beauty - BW or kelly green - unisex gift - SerantoniDesignsParis Black and White Photography Minimalist Collection Set of Four 12x18 Medium Prints French Art Prints - LoVedoArtVersailles Paris Photo, Wedding, Magical, Dreamy, Romance, French Architecture, Black and White, Minimalist, Travel, Wall decor, 20x30 - AngsanaSeedsPhoto

Disney's The Aristocats Minimalist Poster - rowansm
Women top , Light beige transparent okapi sweater top,Summer fashion, Paris fashion, France, minimalist,assymetric - okapiknitsPostcard Set Paris Black and White Minimalist Collection Set of Six Prints 4x6 Framable Art - LoVedoArtminimalist - COMB - clay embroidery, french-beaded petals - black, pewter, silver, white - AncaPeelma

Paris Photography, Birds Over Notre Dame, Fine Art Print, Minimalist Wall Art, French Home Decor - LaPaperiePrintShop

Vintage French Apothecary Jar // 1950 Pharmacy Hand Blown Glass /Medical Pharmaceutical / French Country home Decor Garden Minimalist Rustic - FrenchAtticFinds80s Sartore Paris black leather lace up oxfords/ made in France/ womens/ grunge hipster: size EU37/ US 6.5/ UK 4 - ModFashReduxFrench Shabby Chic Black and White Paper Butterfly Collection Home Decor Cottage Chic - ShopOnALark

Petite Friture Bowl - Large Braille Bowl - French design - LeKubeStudio
Letterpress Je t'aime Greeting Card -  Handwritten I love you Note - Modern & Simple French Style - Valentine - ThatNoiseGallerySUMMER SALE Southern France Photograph. The Pont du Gard - Roman Aqueduct - Nimes, France. 10x10 or 8x12 - fotostrudelCafe, Bistro, Fine Art Photograph, Home decor, Wall art, Blue, Minimalist - SevenTen

Paris France Typographic Poster Printable Instant Download Travel Poster Typography - WLGraphix
This next treasury is called "Paris is Always a Good Idea" and has been curated by Vera Kirkpatrick from VeraJayne.

Triple Infinity Scarf by VeraJayne
Paris Photography - Paris Je t'aime - Paris in the Springtime - Pink Cherry Blossoms Eiffel Tower - Paris Home Decor - Blush Pink - rebeccaplotnick
One-of-a-kind dress, wedding dress, Bridesmaid Dress - MikiBeFashion
Chiffon roses bouquet necklace in antique silver finished - lechatnoirdesireen
Wall Art - Paris is always a good idea - Audrey Hepburn Quote - Eiffel Tower - France - Typography - 8 x 10 print - SusanNewberryDesigns
White Satin Clutch, Evening Bag, Wedding,  Pleated Satin, Deco, Gold & Pearl Clasp, La Regale Ltd,  Formal  Handbag - LollysCubbyHole
vintage paris greeting card - french card - shabby chic card - friendship card - handmade card - SouthernShabbyGal
1920's French Pantie Pattern Vintage Sewing Pattern Simplicity 608 waist 28" uncut - MissBettysAttic
Paris Galaxy s4 Case Eiffel Tower in Sunset romantic France Paris Galaxy s4 Rubber Case iPhone 5 Back Cover --000084 - aestheticase
Apricot Quartz Pear Briolette Hoop Earrings - PLANETDIGS2
Vintage Pen and Ink Illustration Silhouette Man and Woman - WeeLambieVintage
Beaded Vintage Gloves White Size 7 Bridal Party Prom Pristine Condition - GreenbriarCreations
Stained Glass Box, Blue Gray, Keepsake Box, Treasure Box, Gift for Him, Desk Accessory, Home Decor, House Warming Gift - shopworksofglass
Lace Scarf, Hand Knit Scarf,  All Season  Pink, Brown Natural Fiber - beadedwire
Pink quartz ring,  milky quartz ring,  s 7 1/2    "Pink Cotton" - Michaelangelas
Sale Sale Sale Romantic bridal ivory/cream/beige collar necklace, wedding collar, detachable collar - MYadoria
Destash... Fancy Ribbon...3/16" X 15 yards - ThisandThatCrafter
And finally, this lovely treasury is called "Going to Paris?..." and has been created by Asia Azran from FestiJe. 

Black and White Pearl Earrings by FestiJe


Sheer Cocktail Dress - Black - naftul
TEL AVIV map travel case - pouch to hold your passport and flying tickets and documents - efratul
Original portrait Painting Parisian Family Cubism Guitar KSAVERA "Parisians" 12x20 Musik Gentleman Lady Art Nouveau Popart Contemporary - KsaveraART
Grey zigzag skirt - MikiBeFashion
INSTANT DOWNLOAD-Love in Paris - Printable 18 mm round for earrings, cufflinks, ring, magnet, pendant - Jpg File no. A347 - meynenz
on sale 20% off ,Bridesmaid  dress in black - natafashion
Black purse, Recycled inner tube, Detachable strap,Geometric , Studed bag, Coin purse as a gift - maykobags
Large street art printed on canvas,  red and black heart, 20"/30" - hayagold
Paris Graffiti, Kiss Photo, Paris Photography,  French Art Prints, Black Paris Decor, Graffiti Art - TheParisPrintShop
NEW ARRIVALS, Aya, Peep Toes, black, flat shoes, black flats - TamarShalem
Vintage Sara Moon Woman Picture, Framed Print, Classic 80s boho room decor, Feminine, Gift for teenager, Retro shabby chic decor, Iconic - MeshuMaSH
Cropped Bolero in a patchwork of Grey fabrics - Couture  -  size  M - Malam
French flag ring tricoleur red white blue european French ring matching earring adjustable ring Paris fashion bijoux bague THREE for TWO R10 - acanthusjd
Men cufflinks - Vinyl record Cuff links - Gifts for Him - Free Shipping - VisitingCINDERELLA
Paris Photography gift set, 4 5x5 Paris Travel Photos in neutral color and tones for your home decorating - Raceytay
Antique original French BEECH wood Metal and Bakelite CRANK  PHONE 1910 with its " Mother-in Law" listener and its bell. - RueDesLouves
 Treasury Tool by Stylish Home 

I hope you enjoyed this week's 3 treasuries as much as I did.  Next week's theme is "All Things Fashion."  Feel free to share your favorite Fashion inspired treasuries with us.  If yours is chosen, we will showcase an item from your shop.

Until next time...