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Mini quilt with buttons becomes very adorable

 

Yesterday I showed you how to use buttons from the bottle o’ buttons purple collection to make a small button wall quilt. Today we’ll be using buttons from the blue collection for another quick and easy button quilt. This quilt is 14″ square.

materials

 

Blue buttons from the bottle o' buttons collection
Blue buttons from the bottle o’ buttons collection

 

 

2½" squares from a Charm Pack
2½” squares from a Charm Pack

 

Cutting Instructions

Outer Border fabric

  • 1 – 4½” square for the center of the quilt
  • 2 – 3¼” x 8½” and 2 – 3¼” x 14″ for the border

Binding and Backing fabric

  • 1 – 16″ square for backing
  • 3 – 3″ x remaining width of fabric for a 3″ finished binding

 Sewing Instructions

  • Sew 4 – 2½” squares together to make 1 inner border. Make another border the same.
  • Sew 2 – 2½” squares together to make the other inner border. Make another border the same.
  • Sew the two-square inner borders to the sides of the 4½” square.
  • Sew the four-square inner borders to the remaining sides of the 4½” square.
  • Sew a 3¼” x 8½” outer border to the top and bottom.
  • Sew a 3¼” x 14″ outer border to each side.

 

Sew inner borders to center square. Then sew on outer borders.
Sew inner borders to center square. Then sew on outer borders.

 

Depending on the fabric you chose for the center square, you might like to add a 3″ and a 2″ circle to the center for added interest. I used a light fusible web, HeatnBond Featherlite on the back of some leftover fabric and then cut out the circles and fused them to the center square.

Layer backing, batting and quilt top. Quilt as desired.

 

Layer backing, batting and quilt top.
Layer backing, batting and quilt top.

 

 

Machine quilt using a walking foot.
Machine quilt using a walking foot.

 

Now it’s time to play with some buttons to add some embellishment. Choose your 12 favorite buttons from one of the bottle o’ buttons collections. I pinned the buttons in place first, but you can just go ahead and sew them on without pinning if you wish.

Sew 1 button in the center of each 2½” square. The buttons can be sewn on by machine using the button sewing foot or by hand. Be sure to read the manual for your machine to see how to use the button sewing foot. It’s really quite easy!

 

Buttons pinned in place to check out the design before sewing
Buttons pinned in place to check out the design before sewing

 

You can even try some different sewing designs on the buttons.

 

Try some different sewing designs on the buttons.
Try some different sewing designs on the buttons.

 

Binding

  • Sew the 3″ binding strips together, end to end, to make 1 long strip.
  • Sew on the binding strips with a ½” seam for ½” finished size binding.
  • For more information about making a ½” finished size binding see my earlier post,

    Change up the way you make your quilt binding

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Another finished button quilt!
Another finished button quilt!

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed making your little button quilts this week with the bottle o’ buttons collections. There are so many colors available, it’s hard to know which one to use first!

Be sure to look for them in your favorite quilt and craft shops.

 

This is part 5 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 4: Using buttons instead of applique for a small quilt!

Jean has been designing and publishing patterns since 1997. For the past 10 years she has been designing patterns for new fabric collections by Northcott Fabrics. Her work has been published in several magazines in both Canada and the United States. Jean holds a Fiber Arts Certificate in quilting and has taught extensively throughout Canada, including six national Quilt Canada conferences. She was named "Canadian Teacher of the Year" in 2003 by the Canadian Quilters Association and has won numerous awards for her quilts.

4 Comments

  1. Laura

    These are super cute! I also like the idea of using different sewing designs on the buttons. Great idea!

    • Thanks Laura. You could also experiment using other types of thread for a different look. Lots of possibilities when using buttons!

  2. Shakeia Rieux

    This is a beautiful quilt! I’ve never seen one with buttons, this is a great idea!

    • Thanks Shakeia. Glad you liked it!

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