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« on: January 03, 2011 08:55:03 PM »

Mum's birthday was on New Year's Eve, and as usual I'd left it until the last minute to sort out her gift.  I planned to make something in the lull between Christmas and New Year's, but mother nature had other ideas and threw the biggest flood in 70 years at us.

So, in the breaks between extra shifts at work and general panic, I made her a button tree:



The fabric is all from my stash, and the pattern I worked out myself.  I was inspired by the many felted/sewn/knitted/crocheted Christmas tree stuffies that did the rounds of the internet in the weeks leading up to Christmas.  I wanted something that didn't look Christmassey - Mum's had 67 years of birthday presents wrapped in Christmas paper, it's something of a sore point! - so went with something that had less of the pine tree look, and more like the ball-on-a-stick a kid would draw.  I go into tedious detail about the maths behind the pattern over on my craft blog, if you're remotely interested.  But suffice to say it's not so much spherical as sort of bumpy.  The trunk has a jar full of sand in it, for weight and stability.

The buttons and beads are pinned on, rather than sewn.  Partially because it's designed to be used, so I want it to be easy to get the buttons off and new ones on.  But mostly because I was never going to have time to sew them all on.  I used four of those pinwheel containers of fancy pins, and still ran short. Smiley

Nekkid tree, showing one of the few times I manage to get pieces to line up properly:


Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2011 09:00:03 PM »

I love it!  Your mum's a lucky lady!  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2011 01:09:53 AM »

I love it too! And it's usable... she'll have a lot of fun PLAYING with button-arrangements!
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« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2011 03:34:29 AM »

cute.... she needs a button lounge chair to sit under her tree!!!!
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« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2011 07:05:16 AM »

Ooh I really like your idea! I bet your mum loves it. Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2011 11:45:21 AM »

This is too cute. I am going to have to try one with some scraps I have laying around. The fabric is a great combination.
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« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2011 12:44:13 PM »

Adorable! Cute idea, and nice way to use scraps too.
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« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2011 07:14:43 PM »

That's such a great idea! I love the way you can keep using the buttons and pins, rather than just have a cute decoration. Much cuter than an old icecream container of buttons! - which is where my buttons live ...
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« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2011 05:36:54 PM »

I love this, it's adorable!!
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« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2011 07:20:42 AM »

How cute is that! Cheesy
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