I've had this button and felt idea rolling around in my head for a while... I discovered that Martha beat me to it eons ago, but I thought I'd share my variation because it's perfect for Valentine's day and beyond. My daughter is all about buttoning right now, so we love how these little white hearts adorn her cardigan.
I used a recycled and felted white sweater to cut out the hearts. Next I put a horizontal slit into the center of each one. Guess who had to perform the next step: buttoning them on? We still didn't seem have enough buttons so I whipped up a new skirt and sewed a row of vintage buttons(thanks to Karen) around the hemline (the back has them also).
I should tell you that this 10 minute skirt came from a charcoal cashmere vest that shrank. I sewed up the side seams and after a few snips here and there added an elastic band. It's a cozy and deliciously soft skirt for the rest of the winter. I'm so wanting a cashmere skirt for me!
I cut out larger red hearts from another sweater and my daughter was busy for quite some time. When she's tired of hearts I'll try some other felt shapes: circles, flowers, stars...
Tomorrow I'll share how to make the paper flower bouquet in the top picture.
p.s. Thanks so much to everyone who made my sale such a success... including everyone who ever said something encouraging about my work with burlap. Yeah!