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:

  1. Those are adorable! I love the project idea :)

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  2. 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.

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

    Thank you for sharing!

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  4. What a great project and they had fun too!

    You have a LOT of buttons!

    Have a wonderful day!

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

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  6. 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!

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

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  8. 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. :)

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  9. 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!

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

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

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  12. 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.

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  13. 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

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  14. Such a cute and doable project. Thanks, Maureen!

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  15. 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.

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

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

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  18. 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"]

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  19. Super cute button trees. Such a great idea!

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

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  21. 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? :)

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

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

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  24. 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.

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  25. 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.

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  26. 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!!

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