If you’re making something that requires buttons, but you don’t have anything in your button stash that matches (NB that will never happen to me, I seem to have a huge mason jar full of them. I’m such a hoarder…), maybe you could make a set from shrink plastic. You can match them to whatever you’re making. Here’s how to do it:
You Will Need:
- Shrink plastic
- Sharpie pens
- Hole punch
- An oven
1. Preheat your oven to around 180 degrees. Using something round as a template – it needs to be about 5cm – sketch out your buttons with a pencil onto the plastic. Measure and mark out the centre of each.
2) Mark Patterns onto the buttons with sharpies. Cut the buttons into strips then, using the centre as a guide, punch two holes in each button, 1cm apart
3) cut out the buttons and rub out the pencil.
4) Get a book or tray (something flat to press your buttons with once cooked) and have it ready by the oven. Place the buttons onto a sheet of baking parchment, then place on a baking sheet in the centre of the oven for a few minutes. Watch to see the buttons shrink down. They’ll curl about but they will settle down again. Just wait…
5) Remove from the oven and immediately press with the tray to ensure they are nice and flat.
Then you can simply stitch them in place as you would any other buttons. If you’re using a machine, start of slowly as it may not fit width wise!