Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sewing Buttons 101 { A Pictorial } : :

Yesterday, after a couple hours of shoveling snow and one really hard, but hilarious fall -- yup, that's me, we sat down together to teach the kids how to sew on a button. It was really fun and as usual, we were really impressed with how quickly they understood what to do, all by themselves, with just a little guidance.

finished

Here is what we did -- in pictures....

buttons
thimble.devil horns

the boys
helping haila
jacob sewing
kaiden sewing
haila finished

jacob finished

kaiden finished


This picture is the last one I took -- you can tell that they were completely goofy at this point and when I had suggested that they stand together just a little closer and at the count of three they all say "I can sew on a button!" they all went something like. "Gaaahhhh! Eeeeek! Aaaaaahhhh!!!"

finished

Things to teach the kids : :
  1. Sew on a button.

Update : Two of the kiddos button trees have become little pillows and one is still on the hoop as a decoration. You can see more pictures here. It was a great project! Enjoy!!

28 comments:

lilmamad said...

Those are adorable! I love the project idea :)

Almost Precious said...

They did such a marvelous job ! I love each of their projects. Now when the time comes for them to head off to college, you'll know that they'll be able to sew a button back on.

Boy did they have a lovely selection of beautiful buttons to choose from, that is quite a collection.

SpartanGirl said...

What a cute project (and practical life skill too)! They all look so proud with their finished projects.

Thank you for sharing!

Christie Cottage said...

What a great project and they had fun too!

You have a LOT of buttons!

Have a wonderful day!

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Deb said...

Awesome Maureen - your kids will have so many wonderful memories!!!

Meeling said...

Wow! They did a great job...and what a great skill to have. I think I have button stash envy...I thought I had lots, but geez girl...cool buttons...(and I have a feeling you may have more that didn't grace the photos) ;-)

Happy Tuesday!

My Life Under the Bus said...

SO cute ...I always tell my sons a girl love sa boy with life skills!

maureencracknell said...

Thanks everyone! I think I am going to teach them the back stitch next, they really enjoyed it!

And, yes I am outing myself as a button hoarder! I have lots of vintage still on the cardboard, too. And of course, those "special" buttons tucked away. :)

Mary Kay (Geneva Designs) said...

I love your tree idea! I taught my daughters by giving them a piece of fabric and free reign in the button tin, but didn't really have anything to show for when they were done, other than a bunch of buttons on fabric. My girls loved learning, and they both sew now and one has a successful sewing business be prepared!

Elle Belles Bows said...

Stopping over from We Play. What a great family activity! Love the tree idea too! Kerri

thestoryofkat said...

love the boys sewing on buttons, that is awesome! what a great way to make it into a family activity.

gret said...

Fantastic! They look great. We are just about to embark on some toddler embroidery using plastic mesh vegetable bags :) I look forward to doing this with my daughter when she's a bit older.

Christie - Childhood 101 said...

I love the button tree idea, gorgeous.

Wendy said...

This is a beautiful idea! Thanks for the inspiration...combines my two loves - buttons and trees!!

Dropping over from the Childhood 101 we play link up.

Wendy

Rachel Hauser said...

Such a cute and doable project. Thanks, Maureen!

By the Book Paper said...

I want to come live at your house! I am constantly in awe and slightly jealous of all your supplies, and I think you have very lucky kids.

lisaroyhandbags said...

oh my gosh- how cute are they?? :)

Lulu Grey said...

What an awesome craft project. I love it and the kids are adorable!

Mrs. Shaffer said...

I love these projects; very age appropriate, educational, fun and creative. Your kids look so proud of their final product. They created beautiful trees!

Tina S said...

what a wonderful idea! I second AlmostPrecious -- I know so many people who can't repair their own clothes, including buttons. These kids wil be all set! And what a great idea to make it not a chore but an art project!

[also, hilariously, the word verification for me was "momma"]

Your Blissful Day said...

Super cute button trees. Such a great idea!

Judy Nolan said...

You took a task that is essentially dreaded and turned it into a fun project. Smart!

susan said...

Love the button tree idea too. Nothing like a fun creative approach to something that is otherwise pretty boring. I assume you've already taught them to wash dishes and dust? :)

Amanda said...

This is awesome! I love this idea and especially how the kids got to be so involved! They turned out so cute!

belinda.moonmum said...

I love the look of this little project... what a great idea!

cookmomster said...

I love these trees. My 6 year old is making one now. What type of fabric did yours use? We are using a repurposed linen, and it seems to keep giving/stretching in the hoop. I love the look of linen, but it seems to keep proving hard to work with.

cookmomster said...

You can check out my daughter's finished button tree here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2543784027107.135133.1028910486&type=1&l=ef5b1944ef
She is currently making another one with orange buttons. She likes her thread to match her buttons, thus all the same colored buttons.

HollowSquirrel said...

Maureen -- just found your site! Love it! I've been charged with teaching 10 6-7 year old cub scouts the skill of "sewing on a button." Any advice for taking on that? I saw your youngest son may be of that age, and your daughter is younger. Any tips for thread/needle sizes?! Help!! Thank you!!