This post was written by Elaine a contributor on WeUseCoupons
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My 4 year old son is only 1 short year away from going to kindergarten. Gasp! So in my preparations for school, he is learning to get himself dressed in the morning. He is having a very hard time with buttons. So, I wanted to make this fun little button game for him. To make it fun instead of frustrating.
You will need:
- 2 sheets of felt in each color – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet
- 1 extra sheet of felt for the star on the bag
- 3 pieces light blue sheets of felt for the bag
- 15 buttons of the same size
- Sharp Scissors
- Seam Ripper
I purchased the felt from JoAnn’s using 40% of coupons (did you know they also accept Michael’s coupons too?). The buttons I already had laying around. They don’t all match but they were free. Just make sure they are all the same size. It’s probably worthwhile to mention at this point that I have never used a sewing machine before. It really wasn’t that hard to learn, and was even kind of fun. So don’t be scared of them like I was!
I printed a star shape off of the computer and traced it onto the ROY G BIV of felt and cut them out. Place two matching colored together and pin. Sew around the edge with a 1/4” seam allowance. Then repeat with the other 6 colors.
Now, you will want to get out your sewing machine’s buttonhole foot. Consult your machine’s manual on how to make buttonholes with this foot. When using the machine to sew the buttonholes, I found that it helped to iron the stars first and really smash down the felt. Each star will have 2 buttons and 2 buttonholes.
After all the stars have their buttons. Cut 1 more star from the extra piece of felt to be placed on the front of your bag. Sew the star onto one of the light blue bag felt sheets. At this point I felt like I was a sewing machine hot shot, so instead of using a straight stitch, I zigzag appliquéd it on.
Fold the top edge of one of sides of your bag inward for a ½” hem. Iron and sew the hem. Repeat for the other side of the bag.
Next you will want to make your closing strap. I just took two scrap piece of felt, cut to size, and sewed all the way around them made a button hole in one end. Sew the edge of the strap to the hem in the center on the bag piece that doesn’t have the star on it.
Take your third sheet of light blue felt and cut 2 strips about 1 1/2” wide down the long side. These are your handles. Sew the ends of each one on to the hems of the bag pieces.
Take both of your bag pieces, place right sides together and pin. Sew along the 2 sides and the bottom. Turn your bag right side out. Sew a button of the top of the front side for your strap to attach to. Fill with the stars!
Have fun asking your toddler to button colors to other colors. I added a few balloon button to the middle of some of the stars for decoration and to add another variance on the game. (Button stars with balloons to stars without balloons.)
I hope you and your child enjoy playing with these as much as we have.
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