Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Buttons and Tea Cozies

There is something about buttons that I find irresistible.  I feel as if I have hit the jackpot if I find a jar of them at a garage sale.  I love old and dull ones and bright colorful new ones.  I love their variety of shapes, sizes and colors. I like to run my fingers through a tin of them.  I like to sort them out into color groups.  I can sit for many stretches of time sorting buttons into separate containers of color.  It is sort of like putting together a jigsaw puzzle to me.  I feel the same way about beads.   It must be some elemental remembrance of kindergarten, I don't know or maybe it is just my creative juices building as I sift through all those delightful colors.
I was inspired by a little button book I found at the craft store, and decided to make another tea cozy using black as the background and lots of bright colors of felt and buttons to create a
" flower garden tea cozy"
Olga has already laid claim to it, so I will consider it a little present for her future "hope chest".


Cut out four tea cozy patterns in black felt (see previous post on "tea cozies" for instructions).
Iron fusing paper onto felt colors and then cut out a variety of sizes and colors of circles and leaf shapes and 2 flower pot shapes, using pinking sheers.

Place shapes onto felt tea cozy to "try out" where you would like to place flowers and leaves.

Peel off paper backing of fusing paper and turn shapes, placing them back on desired spot.

Iron shapes onto felt tea cozy.

Sew buttons on top of felt flowers.  Using embroidery thread, embellish leaves and stems and pot.  Now you will take the four black tea cozy pieces for the body of the tea cozy and
top stitch the 3rd and 4th black tea cozy pieces to back of each finished piece at bottom and then sew all four pieces together using a top stitch. 
Another way to word this would be to say that you will be sewing all four pieces together, but first sew the bottom of each side straight across.  You will be stitching two pieces together at the bottom of each side; next place these two sides together (four pieces in all) and top stitch around the tea cozy.  This way you will have a finished inside and outside, and it will be double insulated because it uses two pieces of felt for each side... I hope that makes sense.


Homeschool on the Croft said...

This is sooooo cute. Our girls have taken up the knitting bug for just now, but I'm definitely gonna keep a hold of this for when the sewing bug comes around. I love it!
Love, Anne x

Elizabeth said...

What a COOL idea Mom! Bummer Olga claimed it first lol! :) I loved your description of your love for buttons! :)

Missing you........

living from glory to glory said...

Hey Pam, I want to come over and sew or you come over to my place like how about today? Did you see I finally found time to Blog this morning.
Pushing Back and Drawing Out!!
Love Roxy

Pam said...

Thanks for the comments, Anne, Elizabeth, and Roxy, you are all always inspiring and encouraging. It was definitely a fun project to do, and yes Rox, I would love to get together and sew. Elizabeth, I can always make another (probably a little different for the next one though:)
Love Pam

Sharon said...

Oh Pam,

This is so cute! I love it :) Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful project with us :) Hmm, I may just try making one myself :)

Have a blessed day!

Pam said...

Thanks Sharon, its so nice hearing from you. I always enjoy your blog.
Love Pam

Danielle said...

What a cute project!!!! One day I am going to have a ROOM for crafts. Right now I am hiding them, can you imagine the mess with little hands, and 5 seconds of my back being turned???? :-D