Friday, February 24, 2017

For a project with heirloom results, try one of our heart button pins.  These pins are created using a stuffed muslin heart base.  The larger one measures 2 1/2" x 2 1/2".  We cut the heart out of muslin, then stitched all around the edges cutting a slit in one side or the other to turn the heart.  Stuff lightly with fiber fill, then slip stitch the slit closed.  You will cover this side with buttons, so not to worry.  Now for the fun part.  You will want to use tiny buttons.  I have a passion for vintage mother-of-pearl buttons and have collected them for years.  So that was my choice, but you can use any buttons you want.  Just keep in mind the smaller the better.  Larger buttons tend to obscure the shape of the heart. Start sewing the buttons at one edge and work toward the center.  They look prettier if you overlap them slightly.  When finished you can add one or two really special buttons over the top of the others to create a focal point.  We finish it with a pinback on the back of the heart.

Have shown a darker heart pin showing larger focal point buttons.

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