Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Tuesday Tutorial: Spring Home Decor

Hi! It’s Monique with a fun 
Springtime Home Decor tutorial!

People who know me, know I love buttons! And Doodlebug has buttons …. LOTS of buttons! In all shapes & sizes & colors! To avoid hoarding them (that’s what I do when I love something really bad) I decided to create a tutorial around them. So, here’s what I made: a button heart frame!
Here’s how I did it:

1. Gather your supplies: lots and lots of those fun, brightly colored Doodlebug buttons, a piece of fabric, an embroidery ring, a heart shaped template, a pencil and a photo frame.

2. Place your fabric between the two embroidery rings (using an embroidery ring ensures that the fabric stays even and flat and won’t pull to one side because you sew on it). Make sure you leave enough fabric on all the sides, because you’ll need enough fabric later, to fold around the insert of the photo frame.

3. Take your heart shaped template, place it on the fabric and use a (fabric) pencil to draw around (or on the inside of) the template.

4. Start sewing you buttons on the fabric. I used short threads to adhere only 3 or 4 buttons with one thread, so if ever the thread breaks not ALL buttons will fall off!

5.  Once you’re done sewing all the buttons on your fabric, remove the embroidery ring, place the fabric upside down on your work area and place the insert of the photo frame on the back. Fold the excess fabric over back of the insert, add glue to make sure the fabric won’t shift and place inside the frame.

6. Turn the frame around to add a title. I used Doodlebug’s Shin-Dig alpha stickers, which adhere perfectly to the fabric. To decide where to place the title, I stuck the letter stickers on my see-through ruler, which I then held over my work to see how it looked.

7. And this is how the frame looks in my living room!

Hope you like it! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

Thanks for stopping by Doodlebug’s blog today!


  1. very cute home decor project! Love those DB buttons!

  2. This is really really quite sweet! Thanks for the great tutorial! I would had done it SUCH a harder way!!!

  3. Love that project. You have some really fabulous buttons... what a great way to share them with everyone.

  4. Such a happy heart and fun project! Totally love this.

  5. Monique this is adorable! It really makes me want to give it a go :) Btw, love the antique typewriter in your living room too, lol.

  6. What a precious little project! I love this Monique!

  7. Love this - and love that typewriter too!

  8. I love it A LOT, Monique! Sweetness!

  9. I just LOVE this project! Great idea to use up some of that stash, thanks for sharing.

  10. This is so awesome, Monique! Ilove the colors. It looks fabulous in your living room. :)

  11. love it !!!!!
    I also love bottons !!

  12. Thank you so much girls!!! You all make my day!!

  13. Such a fun and colorful project!

  14. it is adorable! I love seeing it in the room too!

  15. This is beautiful project! I love the colors.

  16. Love, love, love this! Awesome project, Monique! Looks gorgeous in your living room.

  17. What a superfun and colourful project, will definately be making this soon for our livingroom! thanks for the inspiration!

  18. Great project, love the fact you can make it in any color to fit your home's color scheme. Thanks for the tutorial !

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