Button Bracelet Tutorial

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This tutorial was updated on Sept. 28, 2007. Please see my flickr photo set with step-by-step photos.

And also check out the Button Bracelet and Button Jewelry Flickr Group.

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What you need:

Embroidery Floss- (I used DMC® Metallic Embroidery Floss)
assorted buttons (any kind)
glue
scissors
ruler
2 -Light-medium twisted beading needles (you may not need these)I make my bracelets roughly 7-8 inches long. You may want to measure your favorite bracelet to get a better length for you.

1. Cut off a 1 yard piece of embroidery floss. Put a dab of glue on each end and twist each end to a point and allow to dry. This will give ou a semi-rigid “needle” for threading through the buttons. If this doesn’t work for you, you can use a beading needle to thread your buttons.

2. Arrange the buttons you will be using in a 7 inch line with small spaces(1/16) in between each button.

3. Take embroidery floss, fold in half, make a loop (big enough for last button to fit through) and tie a knot. You can add seed beads first to make latching on/off easier.

4. You will have two ends of the string in which you will weave in and out through the buttons in opposing directions. This keeps the button from twisting and flipping over. Use the following diagram.

5. Weave one button at time, knotting in between each button making sure to tug tightly on the thread, until you get to the last buttons.

6. There are 3 options for finishing off the last button.

For option 1 and 2 you will be taking the thread through the button then finishing it off with two knots directly behind the button right next to the first two knots. For the third option, you will just take the thread through the button holes and do a double knot on top of the button. Trim the excess thread and add a dab of glue to keep knots together.

I never realized how hard it is to make a tutorial! Kudos to all of those lovely crafters that do this kind of thing often. I hope that my tutorial makes sense. If you have any questions please leave them in the comments or send me an email (regina AT creativekismet DOT com)

On a side note, I just wanted to thank everyone so much for all of the extremely nice comments that have been left on my posts -especially on the two previous posts. I’d love to send one lucky person the above bracelet or this green/yellow shell bracelet (your choice). Just leave a comment (and a note on which bracelet you like best) and I’ll draw one name on Friday. Thanks so much everyone!

Wow! Thanks for all the great coments, once again. I’m having a super busy day today and will be drawing the name of the winner late tonight (central time) and posting the winner first thing in the morning. The winner will also be notified via email. Thanks :)


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97 Responses to Button Bracelet Tutorial

  1. sally schaffhausen says:

    i guess im toooo late to win. just discovered your site and got all shook up! i shall have to button up my lip and not string my self along thinking i might win your bracelet . not much extra $$$ for crafts,but buttons are always avaliable arent they? i cry cause im too late,should have looked for date,your designs are great,i appreciate and will continue to create. thanks mate.

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  3. Sam says:

    I just wanted to say that I think this is a great tutorial – I’ve actually been thinking of making some sort of button bracelet similar to this, but I wasn’t quite sure how to go about doing it; looks like you’ve done all the hard work for me! :) I’m adding this to my list of summer projects – I’ll link you on my blog when I’m done!

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  6. michelle says:

    great really inspiring
    i am a knitter but love buttons so will give yours a try thanks so much they just look great

  7. Migdalia says:

    It was great to find a place where I was able to see how to do something I wanted. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

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  9. viji says:

    Its a rare idea.Its a easy and good tutorial for making button bracelet.

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  11. sally walden says:

    As a young girl I strung my grama’s buttons for something to do – now I can go through my button jar & actually make something I can wear & enjoy instead of just looking at them now & then! Thanks sooooo much for the tutorial – can’t to give it a try!!!

  12. Dennie says:

    this is awsome but i dont have buttons!!! too bad

  13. Vicky says:

    Thank u so much it really helps in a jewelry store they sell them 4 2$. Don’t you have any more tutorials for different jewelry?

  14. Ali says:

    great tutorial – thank you!
    I’ll having fun going through my treasure box of buttons to put together a bracelet.

  15. Kari says:

    I love your button bracelet and tutorial. Good for you! And thank you. We all love to know the secrets of how to make some special item from things we have in our button boxes. I also make button jewelry and love crocheting buttons onto necklaces.
    Thanks again,
    Kari

  16. Anonymous says:

    no e entendido ni pagorela idea

  17. Joyce says:

    HI
    Your bracelets are darling. I would love to win any of them with red being my favorite.

    Thanks for the pattern.
    Joyce

  18. qee liiindho says:

    ola qee liindoh es m,uii buenah la pagina

  19. qee liiindho says:

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  20. boomer says:

    Great Idea!!!
    -mines turned out beautiful thnx to the button bracelet tutorial.

  21. kelseyKelsey says:

    THANKS THIS REALLY HELPED ME. I MAKE BUTTON BRACELETS THESE R BRACELETS (MADE OUT OF SMALL TRANSPARENT BEADS) AND HAS BUTTON ABOUT THE SIZE THE BASE OF AN APPLE. (SO ITS A LARGE BUTTON) THEN I PUT BEADS ON 1/3 THE WAY OF THE STRING, THEN THE BUTTON, THEN THE REST OF THE BEADS. THEY COM OUT REALLY KOOL. I SELL THEM 4 1.00 EACH AND I GET ALOT OF MONEY. I’M STARTING A BISNESS. PS. THE BEADS MATCH THE COLORS OF THE BUTTON!!1 I LOV BUTTON BRACELETS AND THEIR KOOL FOR PRETEENS AND TEENS ! TALK ABOUT STYLE!

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  25. CASS says:

    Your designs are fantastic! Is there anything you wud recommand for a child something simplier perhaps

  26. Andrea says:

    Oh I am definately going to have a go at this. lovely tutorial.

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  30. paola says:

    hola yo no entendi nadita de lo hicieron pero me gusto la pulsera que hicieron

  31. Thanks very much for the instructions. I am an seed beader and have enjoy incorporating buttons into my work.

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  33. McKinney says:

    Very cute idea! Thanks for the tutorial.

  34. maikelis says:

    como me encantaria que lo hisiern en español……….. esta linda

  35. Jms says:

    I heard about your blog from somebody on our Facebook page and I thought I would check it out. Thank you so much for this information, I thought it was fantastic!

  36. m. charming says:

    you make it look so easy

  37. Betty G. says:

    Thank you for sharing your talent with a terrific tutorial. I have buttons from my mom, my grandmother and a great aunt; not to mention all the buttons I’ve collected in my 70 years. Our little craft club will love this project as much as I do. Crafts keep my brain active and the joy from creating something so lovely from a common item is a major plus.

  38. Helena says:

    So lovely buttons! Fnd your blog is so wonderful for me.

  39. Magen Petters says:

    You made a few nice points there

  40. Jane says:

    Your tutorial is an awesome inspiration! Many thanks for sharing. I would like to feature your designs at http://www.handmade-jewelry-club.com/

    Contact me here if you have a concern.

    Jane
    http://diylessons.org/

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  42. it’s easy for me.and it’s very beautiful. thank you.

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  44. Park Taylor says:

    I have made this the tutorial of the day on The Crafty Artisan!

    http://wiserunning.com/blog/

  45. Anne says:

    This button bracelet is pretty cool! and the tutorial and instruction is very detailed and easy to follow, so nice of you for having this posted here. Thanks a lot.

  46. Dresses Shop says:

    i would love to be in the drawing, and i would be the proud owner + wearer of either bracelet, if i was the lucky one (but i think that the green/yellow combo may be my slight favorite!)

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