Buttons are small circles of joy. They can add pop to any project. And there are just as many buttons as there are personal styles. There are vintage buttons and retro buttons and contemporary buttons. There are simple buttons and detailed buttons, solid buttons and patterned buttons, colorful buttons and neutral buttons. There are buttons of varying shapes and sizes and materials.
Many of the crocheters I know also love buttons (and fabric and paper and other things you can buy at craft stores). Unfortunately, though, you don’t see a lot of buttons in crochet work. Sure, you see the odd button here and there as a closure for a wrap or pillow cover but the button is often almost an afterthought rather than a central piece of the design. In these fifteen projects, we see crocheters celebrating buttons. They are an integral part to the crochet item if not actually the center stage of the piece.
1. Button Centered Crochet Flowers
A really quick, easy and fun way to use buttons is to make them the center piece of a crochet flower.
2. Crochet Necklace with Buttons
There are a lot of different ways that you can use buttons and crochet together to make a stunning statement piece necklace. Here are some examples:
Hanging Buttons Necklace, crochet pattern sold on Etsy by PureAndSimplyMe
Buttons on a Chain, free tutorial via Two Butterflies
Stacked Crochet Button Necklace, tutorial sold by Etsy’s ljeans
3. Gather Statement Buttons on a Hat
One of the hats that I included in my roundup of 100 unique crochet hats was a simple hat that became magnificent and special because it had a small collection of large, very unique buttons gathered on it. And of course, hats aren’t the only thing that you can make original with a button collection – three or four buttons strategically placed on any item can elevate that item to a work of art.
Tween’s crochet hat with wood button accents by Etsy’s TeaPartyHats
4. Granny Square Button Cushion
According to Matt does great colorful crochet work including this wonderful idea for making a granny square cushion so much better by adding colorful buttons.
5. Sunflower on a Grid
Suzann Thompson included the pattern for this button-rich sunflower in her book Crochet Bouquet
6. Button-Bedecked Crochet Headband
There is a free tutorial for this crochet headband by @lindamade over on @craftstylish
7. Make a Crochet Clock with Buttons for Numbers
I saw several clocks embellished with buttons when I did my roundup of sensational crochet clocks.
Crochet and Buttons Wall Clock by KendraFayeKnits on Etsy
8. Decorate a Card with Buttons and Crochet
Christmas Card with Crochet Tree and Button Star via CraftJuice
Crochet Heart Valentines Card with Button Bow by Beth-a-Palooza
9. Crochet Button Mushrooms
Free crochet tutorial from Resurrection Fern
10. Think of Buttons as Wheels, Eyes and Other Round Objects
Think of buttons as wheels as you’ve got a whole new idea for making crochet cars:
Thread crochet car from Etsy’s CrochetCluster
Or think of buttons as eyes:
Vintage button eyes crochet owl from Curious Tangles
Get creative and think of what other circular things you could replace with buttons in your crochet and amigurumi. Wherever you might normally crochet some circles, consider putting a button instead.
11. Crochet and Button Brooch
The idea behind this is kind of the same as with crochet flowers – using a button as the centerpiece – but in this case the item is wearable.
Crochet Brooch with Upcycled Button by Flickr’s maximum RABBIT designs
Crochet, lace, ribbon and button brooch by Flickr’s Lucky Lonny
12. Crochet Button Fairy
Made by Flickr’s Yarn Tails
13. Crochet a Button Bracelet
You can make a simple crochet rectangle (or circle worked in the round) for a bracelet and then add buttons and more buttons for a great bracelet.
Crochet Button Bracelet by Flickr’s incywincystitches
From the Let’s Button Up blog
Pink Crochet Button Bracelet by Etsy’s KKCollectibleCollage
14. Mixed Media Art Collage
You probably know by know that I’m a big fan of mixed media. You can take your small crochet motifs and your favorite buttons and combine them on a page or canvas. Buttons and crochet together also work as decoration for scrapbook pages.
Mixed Media Art by Flickr’s PisforPaper
Mixed Media Painting with Crochet and Buttons by Etsy’s artfulcrochet
15. Crochet Covered Buttons
Sometimes when you buy buttons you get a whole bunch in a package and only some are fun and interesting. The others are boring. Take those boring ones and jazz them up with crochet to use on all kinds of different projects. There’s a tutorial for crocheting around buttons on ParaNoire, which is where the image below comes from.
You can also see five more button cover crochet patterns here; they’re for crocheting around button molds but I think they’d work around buttons as well. And by the way, there are also lots of tutorials if you want to crochet buttons with just yarn (not crocheting around a button that you already have). Here are a few options for crochet button tutorials: Beat Knitting Basic Button, 5 step Button from Lion Brand and Small/Large Button Patterns from Yarn Lover’s Room.
What kind of buttons do you like? How do you store them? How many do you have? Share your button stories in the comments!