How to Make Wall Art with Vintage Fabric and Buttons

comments (8) March 10th, 2009     

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leethal Lee Meredith, contributor
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Show off your favorite vintage fabrics and buttons as well as your artistic talent!
A cluster of these pieces looks best, so make yourself a set!
My buttons were all collected from crafty thrift or reuse stores.
Show off your favorite vintage fabrics and buttons as well as your artistic talent!

Show off your favorite vintage fabrics and buttons as well as your artistic talent!

Photo: Lee Meredith
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I love collecting various vintage fabrics from thrift stores, but often there will be too little yardage for most projects, or I'll have some left over that I'd love to display somehow. Vintage sheets are a great source of cool old patterns, and with these, I usually end up with more than I know what to do with. If you have old fabrics piling up around you, as well as a stash of assorted vintage buttons, get some embroidery hoops and stitch up some crafty artwork for your walls!

For each piece, you'll need:

  • An embroidery hoop (the size is your choice)
  • Vintage fabric to fit in the hoop
  • Scissors
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Buttons (as many as you want to use in your piece)
  • Needle and thread (color to match)
  • Optional embroidery floss or other embellishments

Choose fabric with a pattern that will work well with button embellishments. All kinds of patterns will potentially work for this project—you don't have to find a fabric with perfect circles for buttons to fit in to—but just keep in mind how you can arrange buttons on your fabric choice.

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Comments (8)

MariaRobles writes: If you like buttons I'm sure you'll enjoy this link http://www.flickr.com/photos/cutemosaiccom/5903888597/in/photostream

Posted: 3:58 am on July 22nd
alhambradesigns writes: If you’re looking to create a unique handmade feature wall or have a unique ceiling rose then take a peek at www.AlhambraDesigns.com

Posted: 12:57 pm on March 7th
DaniV writes: I had some vintage quilt pieces so used a piece...it came out really nice and I plan to make two smaller ones when I find more hoops....this is a Christmas quilt so is in shades of red and green, think it turned out rather well
Posted: 4:17 pm on March 21st
silverhawk319 writes: got a ton of fabric from the 60s and 70s finally a use besides quilting.
Posted: 8:27 pm on March 19th
CatherineG writes: I really like this project because it is a great way to dress up an apartment on a dime! Thanks!
Posted: 4:37 pm on March 15th
xperimentl writes: I've had some scraps that I couldn't part with that would look adorable in a tiny hoop with buttons. Thanks for the inspiration.
Posted: 12:22 pm on March 11th
sagerchatter writes: Awesome! I happen to be finishing my own fabric/needlework embroidery hoop to adorn the walls and was brainstorming for final touches. This is perfect!
Posted: 12:24 pm on March 10th
Jen_W writes: I love the idea but I absolutely adore how you chose to use the buttons, letting the fabric lead your design. Each piece is so distinctive.
Posted: 1:08 am on March 10th
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