Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Cute as a Button!

I am one of those weird kinds of people who gets an idea in her head and then HAS to execute that idea exactly how I envisioned it. I will not rest until said idea is carried to fruition. And there have been times in my life when I have spent way too much time searching out just the right items to fulfill those ideas, only to come up short. When that happens, when I can't find what I'm looking for online or in any stores, why...I just have to make it myself. If you want something done, right?

This time that item happened to be an Octoberish t-shirt for a little picture taking with the girls. I've looked for weeks for something that would be great for October but not necessarily for Halloween. I wanted the colors without the cartoony or spooky things on the front. Try finding that in the kids section. It just ain't gonna happen. So while Eric was away on business and Gracie napped, Evie and I got our craft on.


We made pumpkin button shirts, and I am really pleased with them! Exactly what I was looking for. Don't look too closely at Evie's shirt on the right. We came up a couple of buttons short and ended up rearranging a few to fill in the gap. It's good as new now!

For a no-sew type of gal like myself, this project couldn't have been easier. Even my three year old could do it! ;)


We found all of our supplies at Walmart. Some good fabric glue, an old paintbrush, orange and green buttons, and black shirts, and we were good to go. We had the glue and paintbrush on hand, so this project ended up costing less than $15 total for two shirts. We spent the most on buttons, believe it or not.

And the execution was simple. Make a pumpkin pattern on the shirt, paint the back of the buttons with some fabric glue, and stick the suckers on. The End. Evie had a great time helping out!


I pre-glued the outline of the pumpkin, and Evie helped to fill it in and add a stem. If you try a similar project sometime, I recommend slipping a piece of paper inside of the shirt so that the wet glue doesn't soak through and stick the front to the back. 



And here is our finished product...


...only not really. Because we changed it. But you get the idea. :)

It's a super cute, one of a kind creation!

This will probably be a one-time wear for us, and so I'm not that concerned with how they would hold up in the wash. The fabric glue is meant to be washable, but a few simple hand stitches through the button holes might be a good idea for longer wear and washing.

I think apple shirts would be equally adorable! A few red and green buttons, and you would get a similar result. How cute would that be for a little fall apple picking outing? SO cute, I say.

Speaking of clothes and cute...Reagan has officially made it into the family with his very own laundry pile....

Ack! So little! :)

I've started washing up some of Reagan's newborn clothes. After several years in a very female-dominated household, I must say that it is a change to be pulling itty bitty boy clothing from the dryer. I love it! The pants and shirts were so small that I felt silly folding them, so I kind of just laid them flat, haha. Now we just have to get the boy a dresser.... 

And now I'm going to sit back and enjoy finishing this cup of hot chocolate in peace. I've started blogging at night again while the girls sleep, and it's a much different experience from the normal kids jumping on me, asking for drinks, closing the laptop, and destroying the house sort of mornings we have around here. Hope you guys are having a great week!


6 comments:

Christine Pettijohn said...

Cute craft!! I started blogging at night also and love it. It takes me a half hour to do a post over three to four hours.

Ashley N. said...

Those shirts ares so cute! Where do you come up with these ideas?!?

Adrien said...

Thanks, girls! Ashley, I saw someone else do a shirt with buttons and thought, "That's it!" Haha.

Katie said...

So cute! My mom made us clothes all the time when we were little. As someone with no craftiness whatsoever, I appreciate people who are actually crafty :)

Anonymous said...

Awesome idea Adrien! April R.

Cassie said...

the shirts are just adorable!!

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