Button overload with the christmas presents makes this year! Just a few button cushions….

Each year I tend to follow a theme for my Christmas present makes, from crochet coasters, embroidered cushions and patchwork quilts

IMG_2165This year after realising I could no longer ignore the bursting state of my button box I decided to tackle the issue by making some button themed cushion covers for christmas gifts.   the only downside to this brilliant idea I had was this I slightly underestimated how many buttons I would need and despite having enough buttons to fill a small room I ran out of the colours I was needing so  had to go and buy more to finish them all off…..typical! So now despite making a slight dent in the button mountain I have added some more back in from the leftovers I had after finishing the cushions!

The 3 pictured here were just the beginning…..

To make these cushions I used fabric quarter sets by The Craft Cotton Company in Ombre Trends (green, pink, and blue) and Gold Metallic. I used one fat quarter piece to make the front cushion piece and two more of the fat quarters folded in half to make the two back pieces of the envelope cushion.  Then I sewed my button detail onto the front by drawing the star or heart outline onto a piece of paper and pinning this to the middle of the fabric. I then sewed on the buttons within the outline.  Once I had filled in the outlined area I tore off the paper, which left the buttons behind.

I then placed the button front right side up and placed the two folded fat quarters slightly overlapped on top of this, trimmed any excess then sewed around the edges.  Next I turned the pillow the right way around and sewed a binding around the edge of the pillow which I made from strips of the ombre trends fabric, first sewing the binding around the front placing the raw edge of the binding against the edge of the pillow,  the binding was then folded around to the back and sewed to secure.

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Looking sweet and crisp like a Granny Smith! A crochet Apple! 

I’ve had this one on my list a while now after a few friends mentioned about them having to get gifts for school teachers, it gave me the idea to do these little crochet apples which would be great as present decorations!
I couldn’t decide whether to do one completely green or do one like an apple had been cut in half so decided to do both and see how they looked, I still don’t think I can decide which I like best!


  
I have used green for those as this is what I had in my stash! But you could also use red, which would look really good with the green leaf, and you could also leave the lead off of you didn’t want to include it.
All this apple making is making me hungry!
Apple pattern 
 4mm hook
Wool in cream, green, brown
In cream

Make a magic ring ch1, 6dc into ring

Round 1: 2dc into each dc

Round 2: 2dc into same stitch, 1dc. Repeat around

Round 3: 2dc into same stitch, 2dc. Repeat around

Round 4: 2dc into same stitch 3dc. Repeat around

Round 5: 2dc into same stitch 4dc. Repeat around

Change to green

Round 6: Slip stitch whole way around the edge

Round 7: slip stitch around again Into the previous green slip stitch round, and slip stitch into first green slip stitch to finish.

Fasten off


For a whole green apple, work rows 1-6 in green, completing the first round of slip stitches around the edge only, then fasten off. Then attach stem and leaf.


Stem

Fasten on at end of previous round, but fasten on into the row down from the last row, dc, ch4, slip stitch into second ch from hook and the remaining, slip stitch into same dc stitch at the base that you started on.


  
Leaf

Row 1: Ch2, 2dc into 2nd ch from hook

Row 2: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) 2dc into same stitch, dc

Row 3: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc along row

Row 4: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc2tog, dc

Row 5: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc2tog

dc around edge of leaf.

Fasten off

Sew line down the centre of the leaf in green with two long stitches.

Sew leaf onto back of stem half way down


Pips

Sew on pips diagonally in brown onto the 3rd round 4dc apart, sew the stitches diagonally and do two stitches into the same space to make them stand out.