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!!

36 comments:

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

    ReplyDelete
  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.

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

    Thank you for sharing!

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

    You have a LOT of buttons!

    Have a wonderful day!

    <><
    http://christiecottage.blogspot.com

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

    ReplyDelete
  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!

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

    ReplyDelete
  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. :)

    ReplyDelete
  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!

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

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

    ReplyDelete
  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.

    ReplyDelete
  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

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

    ReplyDelete
  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.

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

    ReplyDelete
  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!

    ReplyDelete
  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"]

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

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

    ReplyDelete
  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? :)

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

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

    ReplyDelete
  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.

    ReplyDelete
  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.

    ReplyDelete
  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!!

    ReplyDelete
  27. Going to the store to buy some plain t-shirts for summer! We can decorate them with buttons! Thank you so much for the Idea! I do not use a thimble so I did not think of it when I told my 6 year old she could not sew yet!!! She has wanted to learn for sometime!

    ReplyDelete
  28. Thank you for sharing - I too need this for my cub scout (6yrs) and my daughter (4yrs). Love this idea - better than just sewing 1 button onto a sock (boring). I'm not as advanced in the button business.. but I'm sure the store will appreciate my visit.
    I hope our completed project. Thank you for the idea.

    ReplyDelete
  29. Love this little project. This will be great for an art project for my summer Freedom School Classes.after I teach a basic threading needle and knots. Thanks

    ReplyDelete
  30. I love this! I plan to do it with our homeschool co-op. I would like to know what kind of needles you used and what kind of thread? Also, where can I get such an assortment of buttons for a low price?

    thanks!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. oops at first I thought you had used felt fabric... but it looks like canvas? right?

      Delete
  31. ما تهتم به شركة كشف تسربات المياه بالرياض هو البحث عن كيفة علاج مشاكل تسريبات المياه التي تطرأ علي المكان فجأة بواسطة اجهزة الكشف الحدية التي تستخدمها شركة كشف تسربات بالرياض والتي تسعي للوصول الي افضل النتائج المثالية القادرة علي حل هذه المشكلة بدون تدمير فالاعتماد علي الاساليب الحديثة يساعدكم في الحصول علي نتيجة مثالية في مصلحة العميل فنحن لا نكتفي بتقديم هذه الاعمال في مدينة الرياض فقط بلا لدينا الفنين المتميزة الذي يقدمون شركة كشف تسربات المياه بالدمام التي تعمل علي حل مشكلة البيت بدون الاعتماد علي ا اساليب تقليدية التي تستخدما بعض مقدمي خدمة شركة كشف تسربات بالدمام فلا تتكايل بشأن هذا العمل بالذات لانه يحل لك الكثير من المشاكل

    ReplyDelete

Thank you so much for taking the time to comment!

If you are a no reply or an anonymous commenter, I will be sure to respond to your comment right here - so please do check back!