Day three of my creative challenge started off a little bit differently with almost two feet of snow to shovel, so I didn’t get to my creative project right away….and almost forgot to do it!
I have an idea for a neckwarmer that I think needs a button. I immediately thought about using some of these fabulous buttons made from recycled optical lenses and I do think they might work beautifully, but somehow I got to thinking about felt buttons.
Since I have lots of little pieces of felt laying around, I started imagining a thickly felted wool button, with different colored layers that show at the edges.
But instead I made a stack of offset circles of felt without button holes.
So this isn’t really a brand new creation for me, because I have made buttons like this before and used them to make wearable pins. But I had never thought about using them as actual buttons…so that’s the creative challenge for today!
I think the next time, I might try to add button holes and also try a stack of circles all the same size or adding the blanket stitch on the edges.
Can’t wait to show you the completed project!
Here’s how I make a felt button or pin.
Cut three or four pieces of wool into squares bigger than the finished size desired. I usually start with 4″ squares. Because I am using scraps I cannot always get them that big, so I will also try with 3″ and 2″ squares.
I stack them in the order I want them and sew them together, down the middle with a sturdy stitch.
Felt them in a washing machine.
Trim them up into circles.
Hand or machine sew them depending on how tightly I would like them to stay together.
Add a button in the center if desired and a pinback. Or you can sew them directly to your project.
Here are some examples of pins I have made in the past.
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