We draw names with my parents and siblings for Christmas gift exchanging. This year, we drew my sister-in-law's name. We keep to a set dollar limit on gifts and I knew the "big" gift we wanted to get her would use up most of that limit. So I had to get creative to add to her gifts. I decided that I'd make some cute button art like I've seen all over Pinterest and blogland. Like these:
button snowflake and button pumpkinI toyed with doing a monogram initial but thought that a heart in neutral colors could be the most versatile.
I started with a scrap of Osnaburg fabric from my sewing stash and cut it to fit the shadowbox frame I picked up at Michaels (on sale plus an extra 25% off with a coupon). In MS Word, I used the auto shape feature to grab a heart and stretch it be a size that fit well in my frame. Next step, print out the Word doc and then trace (using carbon paper) the heart outline onto the fabric. Hint: make sure the heart is centered properly on the fabric so that when you pop it in the frame it looks okay.
After I traced the heart on, I started by placing a piece of twine down towards the bottom of the heart and then gluing buttons right over it. I added buttons using hot glue trying to space out the larger sized ones and ones that were the same style or color. Then I kept layering them on, using the smallest ones around the outer edge and on top to fill in any gaps. The very last step was to cut a little tag with my Cricut and then stamp the word 'amour' on it with my Making Memories mini stamp set. Once it was completely cooled, I put the whole thing together. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy for a sweet gift.
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