When Penny and I design patterns for Sew-Ichigo we always want to think of some practical uses for them. We always put our creations in the Sew-Ichigo Flickr group and we hope you will do the same! For Penny's The Button It pattern I wanted to use them to make a button card to feature in a generously sized tray to store mini projects.
I used Ayumi's tray pattern scaled up so I though I would share my measurements in case you wanted to do the same. Firstly I printed the Button It pattern a little smaller so the buttons would be 2 1/2" finished size rather than 3"- set your photocopier at 83% for this.
Once I had made 5 buttons using the new Liberty Lifestyle prints and a blank square 3 x 3" of Kona snow, I stamped some fabric with Made in England and Buttons and then sashed them together. There are tips on using stamps here. I did a little extra piecing at the top to get fit the selvedge in but the measurements are the same as below.
I used a single strand of embroidery floss to turn the selvedge circles into tiny buttons and 6 strands of floss to make the buttons look as if they were stitched on to the card.
My final touch at this stage was to use the 6 strand floss to make a single stitch as if a button was missing from the card. The block was sashed all around with 6" wide strips of Essex yarn dyed linen in flax and I trimmed it down so the button card was at an angle, this measured 16" x 20".
I then followed Ayumi's tutorial! I used fusible fleece, Vilene H640 which is the only interfacing I can truly trust not to go wrong! It adds structure and softness and is great for pillows and bags too. I quilted lightly, just following the sashing seam lines on the button cards and a diamond criss cross on the linen. The gusset measured 8 1/2" but you could change this to have lower sides and a wider base.
I top stitched the sides to make it stand up. And then I popped it in the post for Ayumi! It was her birthday present. We can all never have enough storage and Ayumi's tray pattern is so easy to adapt and make a series of trays Russian doll style!