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Backyard Safari quilt...no buttons for eyes dilemma solved!

Old 07-15-2008, 04:35 PM
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I'm making a baby quilt that calls for using buttons for the eyes on a bug block. Since it's for a new baby, I'm hesitant to put buttons in case it might be a choking hazard. But I'm drawing a blank on what to use instead. Any ideas? Keep in mind that I am not good at applique or embroidery. Thanks!

edited content: I found some cute heart embroidered decals that you ironed on, then I stitched them down. I think they work great for the eyes. I liked the idea to embroidery, but I don't know how to very well. The quilt was a kit/pattern I liked. It's perfect for Ben because his grandpa (one of dh's best friends) and granny go to Africa on photographic safaris.

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Old 07-15-2008, 04:40 PM
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it's not major embroidery, but I'd try the french knots. here are a couple of sites that may help
http://www.purlbee.com/knot-know-how-tutorial/
http://honeybeesbliss.blogspot.com/2008/07/french-knot-in-silk-ribbon-embroidery.html
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Is fabric paint non toxic? What about those Pigma marking pens? Are they non-toxic too?
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Old 07-15-2008, 04:55 PM
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Can you do a simple back stitch of imbroidery until the eye part is filled in. I did that on a project once. It looked pretty good.
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Old 07-15-2008, 06:00 PM
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What about felt? You could tack it in 4 places to insure it won't be pulled off easily.
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Could you fuse on some black fabric circles???????????????????
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Old 07-15-2008, 06:22 PM
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from experience the safest is using the embroidery.
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Old 07-15-2008, 06:25 PM
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Thanks everyone for the ideas. I guess I'll just have to experiment a little and see what looks best.
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bj...these are similiar to the ones I use to use for dolls. They're iron on and usually you can find them in doll making sections of hobby stores. They are machine washable...

http://www.alibaba.com/catalog/12246309/Iron_On_Flocking_Transfers_DIY_Toys_Model_Eyes.htm l
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On some of my GD's quilts I used Polymark fabric and craft paint pen.It is nontoxic. washes great. It actually comes in a little bottle but has a tip on it that is fine like a pen. I really like this stuff. I got it at Hobby Lobby.
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