I'm floored! I submitted 2 projects this year and both made it into the best of 2009. I feel so unworthy when I look at the amazing stuff that gets submitted here every day, I'm always in awe of the talent of everyone on this site.
Bit of background - my son moved to the US a month ago with his dad, I'm still here in New Zealand. He turns 4 in February. Before he left, a friend took some professional photos for us. I decided to send them over in an album for him so he would be able to look through and remember his Mama.
Anyway, despite being a total noob when it comes to this stuff, I'm reasonably happy with the end result. I tried to make it as interactive as possible, not a small task! I think this will be the last time I make one.
Front page, the tag swings
Page 2, a short poem for him, Page 3 (and 4) the photos come out to reveal a hidden message underneath. Page 5 is basic!
Page 6, 2 photos tied with ribbons flip up, 7 and 8 are basic
Pages 9 and 10 are basic ones. Page 11 has a booklet thing tied with ribbon that opens up:
Final page "So Heaps". Because that is how much he always says he loves me.
Wow, very nice. Did you sew and knot off each seperate button? I can only emagine the horror if one got snagged somewhere and button after button slowly falling off otherwise
Nope, I did them in lengths of about 10 - 15 buttons at a time. I painted glue on the back which will hopefully prevent any unravelling plus I glued down the cotton on the top of most of the buttons as well with a clear bead/fabric craft glue
Wow, that thing is gorgeous! I've made bracelets with 30-40 buttons on them and I thought I went crazy doing just that, I can imagine how much hard work went into a whole bag.
Sooo I'm just going to ignore what you said and try a something like your bag because it's just so damn pretty. Maybe I'll wait until I am bedridden or something though, hehe
I really would love to see someone else's take on it!
4 months sounds like a scary length of time, but to be fair, I think I could have knocked it out in a month, if I hadn't had a few long breaks from doing it, and if I hadn't been quite so anal to start with. When I first began, I was being really, really careful that there weren't any visible gaps between the buttons, which resulted in them being super layered and having to use lots of fiddly little ones. I started to relax a little towards the end and managed to get the second half done a lot quicker. I think I would have stuck to bigger buttons also if I could, though that would have made the end product differ significantly I guess.
You must have amazing patience and I love how you must have collected all the buttons to match - I'm in awe!
Actually, I have to admit I cheated a little there. I got packs of "Shabby Chic" buttons from a craft store, each one had hundreds buttons in it in the 5 colours, and there wasn't a huge amount of shade variation with the colours, so that was quite lucky.
If I did it again, I would have striped it the other way, I think. Also, I forgot to take a photo of the bottom, I used large buttons of all 5 colours and sewed them down, plus I reinforced with glue also on the bottom to give it stability. There is a layer of interfacing also between the outer and the lining to keep it upright
4 months, 1.5 kilograms of buttons and many, many swear words later, I give you:
"Cute As A Button"
Inspired by a bag which I saw in a museum (which had a panel of about 30 buttons on the side), this thing took on a life of its own! I don't recommend trying to replicate unless you want to lose your sanity
I've added a link to my tutorial in the main post. I did alter the original pattern significantly because I wasn't keen on the proportions, so it was more of an inspiration really. Definitely not as deep as the Ottobre bag.