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I have been seeing so many button practicing boards floating around on Pinterest and other websites. I have always thought they were a great idea. They are bright, colourful, inviting, and great for learning an important fine-motor skill. But one thing kept me from making my own. Storage space. Where the heck was I going to put ONE more thing in this house??
And so I built a button practicing pillow instead. I love pillows. I buy pillows when I don’t need pillows. I have a problem. But who can resist? They look so pretty on beds and couches…even the reading corner! And if my kids are going to learn something from a pillow? Well, that’s just a great excuse to have another one lying around! Hehehehe!
Start by choosing your fabric and cutting it into the size you want. My fabric pieces were 14″x16″ before sewing.
Once you’ve got your fabric cut, start placing your buttons (which I found in junk sales, my scrapbook stash, and dollar stores). There does not need to be any rhyme or reason to button placement.
Mark your places with a fabric pencil or chalk and then start sewing! This part is not fun, I’ll tell you now. But it will be over soon, I promise!
Once you’ve sewn all your buttons on, you can get to sewing it all together. Place your fabrics right sides together, (so buttons are on the inside), and pin the 2 layers together.
Sew around the edge of your pillow with about 5/8″ seam. Leave a slit about 5″ long so you can flip the fabric right sides out and stuff…
Close up the bottom of your pillow using a slip stitch. Click here for a tutorial on that stitch. You can skip the first 3 photos, as you will already have an open seam, you will not need to remove stitches.
Now that you’ve got the pillow sewn and stuffed, you can get to the business of making shapes! Make yourself some paper templates in the sizes you’d like so you can trace them on to felt pieces and cut them out!
I chose to blanket stitch the edges of my shapes because I thought it would be pretty, and maybe help the felt keep it’s shape. But this is completely optional. If you do choose to blanket stitch and you don’t know how to do it, click the photo below for a tutorial…
Future Girl doubles her felt pieces before she stitches. I did not, but it’s entirely up to you. Once you have all your shapes ready, cut a slit in the middle of each one, creating a “button-hole.”
Now you’re almost ready!! I made a big pocket on the back of mine so that the pieces could be stored easily…
Cut the pocket out of felt in the size you would like. Mine is 7.5″x5″. I blanket stitched the very top edge and then just stitched the pocket to the pillow with a simple in and out stitch! Nothing fancy!
The blanket stitching on the top edge of the pocket was an afterthought for me. It would have been waaaay easier to do BEFORE sewing the pocket to the pillow!
And that’s it!!
Now my smalls can practice their buttoning skills, and I have a new and adorable pillow. It’s a win/win!
And don’t forget, today is the Weekly Kid’s Co-op and you get to link up your fun kid ideas down below. Can’t wait to see what you have for us this week!! If you link up, make sure you link your blog viewers back to the Co-op so they can browse through all the fabulous ideas too! Here’s the badge to put on your blog…
Thanks for stopping by!!
~Arlee, Small Potatoes