Yes, you can transform buttons by making nice crocheted button covers for them, or make a set of buttons from those that don't match, or in my case, make some buttons that will match your project perfectly! (I'll share it with you soon, just need to sew on those green buttons and weave in a few ends, hopefully.)
And really, I've seen crocheted covers for apples, for ipods, for MP3/4s, for mugs and tea pots, so why not make a little something for that humble button that's hanging around in your junk drawer? It only takes a few minutes and the results are wonderful. It is hard to make them look perfect, but that's okay, a handmade feeling is good too!
A little button like this would look so sweet at the end of a hair pin, or group a few together on a piece of felt, and make a nice lapel pin. And if you want to get really delicate and lovely with this, so do it with crocheting thread and you can do something more open, revealing the button underneath, or make a simple design using a few colors.
- medium weight to thin yarn or crocheting thread
- small crochet hook, tiny one if using thread
- buttons of any size, I used a shirt button for the blue ones, and a sweater sized button for the green ones
For a medium sized button, about 3/4" across crochet as follows:
- Make a chain of 3 and join.
- Crochet 6 sc into the ring and join with a slip stitch to first stitch.
- Crochet 2sc into each stitch of previous round, join with a slip stitch. At this point, work should be about the size of your button, if not either crochet another row, (1sc, 2sc in next stitch, 1sc) or do a row of slip stitches all the way around to make it just a tad bigger.
- Chain 2, double crochet in every other stitch around and join with a slip stitch.
- Insert button!
- Now you need to close the hole on the back by either slip stitching or single crocheting around, and when hole is small, make a stitch across the hole to close. Leaving a long end for attaching button if needed, tie off.
For a smaller sized button, like the blue ones in the photo, replace step 3 with just a row of slip stitches around, making 2 stitches in each stitch.
Enjoy! Now you'll always have the perfect buttons at hand! I know I'm super happy to have discovered this great way to finish off my crochet projects— perfectly.