Wednesday, December 26, 2012
25 Days of Ornaments: Button Christmas tree
On the bright side, since people don't celebrate Christmas here -- they don't even really know what Christmas is -- and the trees are up for New Year's, I figure I have another week to finish my ornaments. :)
So, as I mentioned in a previous post -- the button ornament round-up -- button Christmas ornaments are immensely popular, as least judging by my blog stats. And since I have a ton of buttons left over from last Christmas, I decided to see what else I could make. Initially I wanted to make a button Christmas tree like the one from last year, but in white, to represent the flocked trees that we always had when I was a kid -- but it turned out I hardly had any white buttons, so that was out.
Instead, I decided to make a button Christmas tree on fabric. First, I laid out my buttons on the table -- on this one, the buttons increase in size as the tree grows wider. Then I sewed them on, and added little round beads for ornaments. Finally, I sewed on a fabric back, and stuffed just before closing it up. Truth be told, I'm not terribly fond of this ornament -- I winged it when I cut out the shape (after the buttons were already sewn on) and it ended up being too cramped. What can I say, I did that part two days ago and my back was killing me -- but lesson learned, and I was more conscientious with the ornaments that came after.