I am daydreaming about spring a lot lately. I am thinking about my garden and how good it will feel to dig in the dirt and scatter seeds for pretty new blooms again. I blame the sweet flower buttons from the March Just Another Button Company Button Lover’s Club scattered about on my drawing desk for all this daydreaming. I’ve often thought that the sweet little Sprinkles buttons were like tiny little seeds of happiness so it seemed natural to use the seed inspiration for this month’s Button Lover’s Club Art Card project.
The base of this month’s project is a seed packet size envelope. The seed packet is perfect for using as a small gift or treat envelope to pass along to someone special. The pattern is free to download: Seed Packet Pattern. Right click on the link, select “Download Linked File” and save to your computer. When you print, be sure to select “Actual Size” as shown above so that your pattern is the correct size. It should fit on a 8.5″ x 11″ piece of printer paper.
After printing pattern, use it to cut a seed packet from pattern paper or cardstock. Since I will be covering the front panel, I used a “cheater” method to cut my seed packet- I stapled the pattern to my cardstock so that I could cut both out at the same time.
Use a ruler and bone folder to add fold lines to the cardstock as shown on the pattern (the inside solid lines).
Use an ink blending tool to apply a brown ink to the edges of the seed pack and the art card.
Use a clear glue to add small dots of glue where you plan to place your buttons. Normally I design the card to work with multiple buttons and usually show you those different options. This month, the design is best suited for the sweet little Sprinkles flowers.
When the glue is dry, use a piercing tool or needle to poke the button holes through the card. I often use a folded up art towel under my card when piercing so that I can pierce all the way through without piercing my work surface.
Use coordinating thread to stitch the buttons to the card.
Cut a piece of ribbon that is long enough to wrap around the seed packet. (I’m using vintage seam binding.)
Tuck the ribbon under the card. Adhere the card to the front of the seed packet using a tape runner.
Optional- machine stitch round the edge of the art card.
Flip the seed packet over. Fold the two side flaps so that the overlap at the center back of the seed packet. Secure with a tape runner. Fold the bottom flap up so that it overlaps onto the back of the seed packet. Secure with a tape runner.
Tie the two ends of the ribbon together. Add a fluffy bow to the front of the art card at the top edge.
Need help learning to make a fluffy bow? Check out my Fluffy Bow Tutorial!
Use one of the remaining buttons as an embellishment to the center of the bow.
Aren’t these Sprinkles buttons the sweetest? Did you know they are hand-dyed and available in 35 different color sets? I love all things itty bitty so they are my favorites of the hand dyed buttons JABC offers.
After filling your seed packet you can seal it closed with adhesive or simply tuck the top flap under the ribbon band.
This month’s button box is one of my favorites! It has such a sweet mix of yellows, pinks, and blues. There are so many sweet ways to use this set of hand-dyed and handmade buttons. If you want to grab this set for yourself, act fast…Button Lover’s Club boxes ship on the 15th and sell out fast! (All the buttons from the BLC are also available ala’ carte also in the JABC shop!)