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Project

Fruity Button Embroidery Napkins

Introduction

It takes only a few stray buttons and some embroidery floss to transform plain napkins into a harvest of whimsical linens. 

This project appeared in Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts.

Materials

  • Buttons, embroidery floss, thread (in the color of the fruit you want to create)
  • Standard sewing needle
  • Embroidery needle
  • Fabric napkins (we used 10-by-10-inch tea napkins)
  • Embroidery hoop (optional)
  • Disappearing-ink fabric pen

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Lay out your design on the napkin, arranging the buttons in place (mark with a disappearing-ink fabric pen if necessary), then sew on the first button, using matching thread. (For easier stitching, you may want to use an embroidery hoop.) Sew on the remaining buttons.

  2. Step 2

    Lay out your design on the napkin, arranging the buttons in place (mark with a disappearing-ink fabric pen if necessary), then sew on the first button, using matching thread. (For easier stitching, you may want to use an embroidery hoop.) Sew on the remaining buttons.

  3. Step 3

    To make a stem stitch (which works well for stems), working from left to right, make standard, slightly slanted stitches along the line, keeping the thread below the needle.

  4. Step 4

    For leaves, use a satin stitch, making straight (not slanted) stitches, each touching the next, across the width of the leaf.

Source
Martha Stewart Living

Reviews (15)

  • 22 Jun, 2012

    I made these as a housewarming gift for a friend. I made grapes, oranges, apples, and pineapples! They're adorable. Thanks for the great idea.

  • 31 May, 2012

    Fruity buttons work is amazing, simply creative, I love it, can be used on pots also.

  • 21 May, 2010

    Cherylbarnes, sorry for the small image. We replaced it with a better one and also added a link to enlarge it.

  • 18 May, 2010

    I think this button craft would look adorable on a kid's t-shirt, especially the one that looks like cherries.

  • 18 May, 2010

    ANOTHER VERY CUTE PROJECT!! THANKS MARTHA!! WILL ADD IT TO MY CHRISTMAS GIFTS HOMEADE PROJECT LIST!! GRACIAS!!!

  • 18 May, 2010

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  • 18 May, 2010

    Since I only have limited embroidering abilities, I would love to see closer pictures of the fruits - if only for ideas of how to create the leaves and stems.

  • 4 Mar, 2009

    Yes, thank you elizabetharce, that's exactly where to find the other pictures! Another way to go about it is to click on "crafts by material" (above on the left hand side), then on "buttons", then go to page 2 which is where you will find the listing for "button crafts". Click there and the napkins are only a few items away down the page! It still does not show the peapods, but the additional pictures are helpful.

  • 27 Feb, 2009

    Not understanding why the projects are so hard to find...there's a "search" box on the website. Type it in and there it is! Also, I think there is a certain amount of creativity that is allowed when you don't have someone showing you ever detail on how to sew on a button and embroider some leaves...

  • 27 Feb, 2009

    I found this link to see the other fruit napkins http://www.marthastewart.com/article/button-crafts, you can copy and paste the picture in order to view it better... hope this help...

  • 18 May, 2008

    Had a difficult time finding this project - lucky for me that others' had the same problem and posted where to find this. Also disappointed there was no pictures of other fruits shown on the show. I have no imagination and need help with ideas and suggestion for fruits. Please post pictures of other fruits to help us less creative...Thanks!

  • 9 May, 2008

    And where are the peas and peapods?
    Kassycon

  • 9 May, 2008

    I would like to see better instructions/diagrams and pictures of all of the ones on the show. Like the other person commenting, I need direction.
    Kassycon

  • 20 Mar, 2008

    Wish the picture would show all the fruit napkins to use as an example for those who are not so imaginative. Love the craft. Have had trouble finding this on the web site.

  • 22 Jan, 2008

    I loved this! This is perfect for people, like myself, who have about half an hour per day to work on a project. I can whip up a number of gifts for my friends! Would anyone know the name of the book flashed onscreen before this segment? I believe the book was called, Button Crafts, but I cannot find it anywhere.

    Thank you.