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Monday, December 26, 2011

Button, button, who has the button?

Do you remember that game from when you were young?  I doubt than anyone under 50 remembers it now.  But since I was thinking about buttons, I thought  of the game.

First I read the post by Kit who said the melted plastic was so thick that no needle would ever go through it.  Then I read Lin's Arty Blog about making buttons.  The two ideas came together and I thought, why not make buttons?
 First, here is my wonderful husband washing the dishes while I am melting plastic and trying to turn them into buttons.  Aren't I a lucky woman!
Okay, on to my fun.  I saved my plastic shopping bag from Barnes and Nobles.
 I cut off one of the decorative sides, wrapped it in plastic wrap, folded it into 4ths, and proceeded to melt it with the iron.
I then cut the plastic with a pair of heavy-duty scissors into squarish and roundish shapes.  I could have made them neater but I then I like things with character.  I melted holes for the thread by holding a nail with pliers  over the stove burner till it was hot then poking holes in the button.   While I would think twice about using the buttons on clothing that would get washed frequently and go into the dryer, they are stiff enough to serve as reliable closures.


  1. What a good idea! You have a great bag there...such nice colors. I've never seen anything like that here. Now, I'm anxious to see where these "buttons" will be used.

  2. This is a brilliant idea! Now somewhere (and I will have to see if I can find it) there is a lovely idea for making buttons by layering 'meltable' fabrics together and then cutting out round shapes using a soldering iron. It sounds very similar to this idea. Brilliant! Hilary x


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