My grandmother, who's always had a great waste-not-want-not philosophy, has jars upon jars of buttons. When I was a little girl I used to spend hours going through all of the cool, decade-spanning buttons she'd collected, trying to think of a good use for them. And now, thanks to iVillage, I've found an awesome use for them. (Grandma? Are you reading? Need a project?)
I'm liking the funky vibe that the DIY element adds to this prim and proper chair. This project is from the book Simple Sewing with a French Twist: An Illustrated Guide to Sewing Clothes and Home Accessories with Style, by Celine Dupuy. As long as you can sew a button on a shirt, you can complete this project.
What You'll Need
- Medallion chair
- 1 rectangle thick cotton fabric, 16 by 15 inches (40 by 38 cm)
- 1 rectangle thick iron-on interfacing, 16 by 15 inches (40 by 38 cm)
- 3 sheets paper, 11 by 17 inches
- Scotch tape
- Lots of buttons
- Dressmaking scissors
- Tailor's chalk
- Fine sewing needle
- Tape measure or ruler
- Spray textile adhesive
- 3 spools thread
For step-by-step instructions and a link to a slideshow, read more
First of all, if you're having any trouble following these directions, I suggest skipping directly to the slideshow on iVillage. But if you're crafting-savvy, just read on.
How to Make It
- Join the sheets of paper together with Scotch tape. Position against the oval of the chair back and draw the outline to make a pattern. Cut out the oval of the pattern, draw the outline onto the iron-on interfacing, and cut out.
- Press the oval of iron-on interfacing onto the thick cotton fabric using a hot iron. Let cool and then cut out the fabric, leaving a seam allowance of 1 1/4 inches (3 cm) around the iron-on oval (top illustration). Cut V-shaped notches around the edge of the fabric, press, fold down, and stick the notches to the iron-on interfacing with textile adhesive.
- Cover the front of the oval with different-sized buttons, overlapping them slightly and stitching by hand with double pearlized thread . Then, stick the oval to the chair back with spray adhesive
- Take a well-deserved sitdown on your lovely new chair!