I love old buttons, especially antique ones. This is something I've made for myself but have also have made for friends and family. It's very easy to do requiring only hand stitching. First make a simple tree shaped pattern out of tissue paper (mine measures 5" in height and 4" wide). Cut 2 trees out of felt, hand stitch these together (about 1/8" from edges), leaving an opening at the bottom of trunk to stuff (I used wool). Use a crochet hook to push the stuffing into corners. Once stuffed close the seam, then hand stitch assorted unique button "ornaments" on your tree going through both layers. A fabric "trunk" can also be hand stitched on (I like using wool fabric) with an overcast stitch. Attach a bow at the bottom and a ribbon loop on top for hanging and you have a one of a kind ornament for yourself or gift giving. Personalize them by choosing buttons that reflect the recipient, such as favorite colors or hobbies, animals they like, etc. There is so much thoughtfulness and happiness in giving hand made gifts...enjoy!
- Lorna Pearman
- Dexter, Oregon, United States
- I am a self-employed knitter/designer and photographer. I strive to write unique designs inspired by nature, folklore, magic, Fairies and Elves, and I find a lot of inspiration from symbolism and traditions in cultures throughout history. I also love to photograph nature on an intimate level. As a Master Gardener I raise garden starts each spring to sell locally, and I am also a soap maker and musician. I can be found at our local Dexter Lake Farmer's and Crafter's Market on Sundays from May thru October selling my knitting patterns and hand knit items, as well as hand crafted soap, macro-photography from the garden, and tomato and pepper starts for your garden. You can find me on Ravelry as Peargirl and our band The Pears can be found on Reverbnation.
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