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vintage button basics

No, I didn't fall off the planet - I am still here! Life gets busy - as we ALL know! I have been spending lots of time with family, participated in a HUGE childrens clothing/equipment sale (sorting and pricing take such a long time, but worth it to clear a bunch of things out!), had an unexpected appointment in Minneapolis with Tacy (all is well, we were just able to get an earlier appointment with a genetic specialist than previously planned), had family visit (Kendra, it was so fun to have you here!), and went to a maple syrup tapping festival at a nearby college campus. Here is Chad, Hana, and I collecting sap from the tree buckets...


But, I promise, you will be seeing a bit more of me in the coming days! You are going to love the new set I have coming out this month at Papertrey Ink!

And, it's the first of the month and so it's time for the senior design team to take on another challenge. This month our focus was the new vintage button mixesnew to the lineup at Papertrey Ink! I adore buttons, especially the vintage variety, and use them generously on my projects. You may have noticed. When I add buttons to my projects, I actually stitch them right on. That probably sounds putzy and a little intimidating to some of you, but I promise that it really is not too hard and the more you practice the quicker you will get. Let me take you through my process...


I have my images stamped and laid out my buttons where I want them to go. The supplies I use for attaching my buttons include a linen thread, long needle, piercing pad (thick fun foam or a mouse pad can be used for this), mat (to protect my work table), and scissors. Click on any of the pictures to see them larger and get a better look.


Set your project buttons aside except for the first button that you are going to stitch on. Place the button where you want it and pierce the cardstock through the button holes with your needle.


Here's a look under the button of the holes I just pierced through the cardstock. I use the holes to guide my stitching. They help you stitch the button exactly where you want it to go.


Thread your needle down through your first hole and leave a tail on the front of your button. Leave enough to tie off the thread when you are done stitching the button on.


On a button with 4 holes I stitch across the next 2 holes like this - up the 2nd hole and down the 3rd. For a button with 2 holes, you would obviously skip this step.


Thread your needle back up through the 4th hole and trim your excess, leaving enough to tie off the threads.


When I tie off the knot, I typically use a square knot. Right over left, left over right, makes your knot neat and tidy and tight! More than anything, make sure you tie a double knot to keep the button in place.


Use your scissors to trim off the excess thread.


Repeat for each button you stitch onto your project. I really can do this pretty fast. By the time it would have taken me to find glue dots, sew thread into my buttons to dress them up, and then stick them to my project, I can really just easily sew them on. Also, if you know me, you probably know that me and glue dots do not get along too well.


Here's a look at the back of the cardstock after the buttons are stitched on.


And here are my finished cards. I am thinking spring! Even with the snow that we got today here in MN!

Make sure that you check out the other senior design team members projects today: Nichole, Michelle, Lisa, Lauren, Becky, and Maggie Holmes too! You will be inspired to add buttons to your next project for sure!

See you soon - I mean it!


Spring Melon Berry Button Flower Cards

stamps: Green Thumb, Beyond Basic Borders (Papertrey Ink)

ink: Fresh Snow, Melon Berry, True Black, Ripe Avocado (Papertrey Ink)

cardstock: kraft, white, Spring Moss (Papertrey Ink)

other: Melon Berry Polka Dot ribbon (Papertrey Ink), Melon Berry vintage mix buttons (Papertrey Ink), scallop border punch (Stampin' Up!), linen thread, dimensionals