Today I have a fun craft project to share that would look great in a child’s room. Take the child’s initial, trace it onto colorful fabric, sew buttons inside the tracing, glue the fabric to a piece of foam board, and hang on a nail. It’s an easy way to brighten up a wall.
- 1/2 yard fabric (or more or less depending on the size of your initial)
- paper printout of initial
- fabric pencil
- cardboard or foam board
- monochromatic buttons of differing shapes and sizes (JoAnn sells small jars of these)
- needle and thread to match buttons
- glue (I used a hot glue gun)
Print out a large letter in a font you like. Tape it to the right side of your ironed fabric.
Then tape to your window (during daylight hours) with the right side of the fabric facing outside. Use a pen or regular pencil to trace the letter onto the wrong side of the fabric.
Flip the fabric around and trace the letter onto the right side of the fabric using a fabric pencil that will easily blend into the fabric. You want to be able to see it if you look hard, but it shouldn’t be obvious (because when you’re finished you don’t want to be able to see the tracing). Now you have the letter on the front and the back of the fabric to guide you as you sew on the buttons.
Here’s the fun part. Begin sewing buttons inside and over the lines of the letter. I think it looks best when you use a monochromatic scheme, but with all different shapes and sizes of buttons. So here I’ve used white/cream/clear buttons but you can see that some are large, some tiny, some medium.
Secure the buttons to the fabric by going through the holes several times, then knotting the thread on the wrong side of the fabric. Then just keep sewing the next button on and the one after that, knotting after each one, until you run out of thread. This way if one of the buttons gets loose, it won’t take the rest of them with it. Don’t use too long a length of thread or it will get tangled.
Cute, right? Plan for this to take longer than you think it will. I did mine in three sittings–it takes a bit of time to figure out which buttons to use where. Try to get as tight a fit as possible between the buttons though don’t worry if you end up with some spaces–it’s hard to get it perfect. Use your finger to rub away any fabric pencil lines that you can still see.
When you’re done with your letter, center it on a piece of foam board. Apply small amounts of glue under the buttons and along the edges of the fabric and press down onto the foam board. Secure the fabric around the back of the board with more glue. Glue a piece of ribbon to the back of the board to act as a hanger.
Hang on the wall and you’re done!