On January 1 of last year I began a project by sewing a button onto a 12″ circle of linen. I added a button every day of the year . . . for the whole year. Yes, that is 365 buttons!!!! It filled the circle and then some. Here is the finished product.
Isn’t it the most spectacular thing?!!!! It is colorful, random, overfilled and beautiful!!! It will hang in my sewing room. Yes, I found a place for it, amazing as that may be.
Some buttons are big and some are small, very small. Some are old and some are new. Some are round and some are not.
These buttons have some stitches around them and some have another button on top to add design. The holding thread can add color too.
One of my favorite sparkly buttons is surrounded by tiny fillers and french knots to hide the linen fabric.
Hiding amongst all the round ones are a flower, a bee and an “A”. How fun is that?
Here is my favorite old glass button. It’s very large and clear – I love that it is a part of the whole collection.
This shows how I carried the buttons and the stitching to the edge of the linen. I used very small buttons and lots of french knots in different colors to keep the scrappy theme going.
And this is the back!!! What a mess, huh? Somehow it keeps it all together. It looks like a thousand little rat nests to me.
The edges of the linen were cut, folded and glued onto the back of the hoop when all the stitching was done. Then it will be hung as is. Easy peasy!
Another look at the finished yearlong project. I think I’m going to miss putting a button on everyday. It was a lot of fun. The big square tan one was the first button to go on. Several people have chosen their favorite one.
Which is your favorite button?