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Vintage Button Re~Make

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I wanted to share this quick and easy little pattern for upcycling vintage buttons with you, my friends! I will simply give you the pattern without gauge, or yarn size. You may just want to make one flower with a vintage button in the middle like this:

Vintage Button Remake - free crochet pattern by Jessie At Home
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There is something about a vintage button that just says “make me a flower pin!” Or maybe it’s just the voices…

Umm…right…pattern.

Vintage-Button-Crochet-Flower-Free-Pattern

Or you may want to make one flower in one gauge/weight, with a smaller flower (made by using a smaller weight yarn and/or smaller hook) and then a button, like this:

Vintage-Button-Crochet-Flower-Crochet-Pattern

Did you know you can buy lots of vintage buttons on Amazon? How cool is that!

So let’s get started.
ch ~ chain
sl st ~ slip stitch
hdc ~ half double crochet
dc ~ double crochet
st ~ stitch

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Ch4, sl st into first ch to form a ring.

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Ch2

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For a 5 petal flower, 9hdc in ring (or 11hdc for a 6 petal flower), sl st into top of ch2.

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Ch2, 3dc in next st…

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Ch2, sl st in next st (one petal made)

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Continue making petal in this manner (ch2, 3dc in next st, ch2, sl st in next st) until all 5 (or 6) petals are done. Clip yarn and finish off.

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If you are making a two layer flower, repeat with a smaller yarn/hook.

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Now collect all your parts: flower(s), button, pin back (or hair band, or whatever you want to put your pretty petals on!)

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Stack and sew!

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I love to use these as little thank you gifts to my customers.

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Here’s a few more I made the other day.

Vintage-Button-Flower-Free-Crochet-Pattern

As you can see, I love to use vintage shank buttons for these beautiful blooms. However, you can also use modern buttons, and you can use buttons with holes in place of shanks. Even beads work. Maybe hot glue on a single earring with the post/clip cut off. You know those great earrings in the old jewelry box that you know came from one of your grandmothers.

As usual, just have fun!!

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7 thoughts on “Vintage Button Re~Make”

  1. While attending Chemo treatments for my daughter, we were given some crochet hat that
    had been donated by some lovely ladies. I noticed most didn’t have embellishments, such as flowers,etc. So, I refreshed my crocheting skills by watching tutorial like yours and started making crochet flower.I added a safety pin on the back so they can be attached to the hats.
    Nurses loved them and so did the patients. I was happy to put a smile on their faces.

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  2. Hi Jessie, such a lovely idea. I use little flowers of all sorts to decorate my knitting. I am a knitweaver and we use a very fine yarn as the base thread and any fancy yarn to weave with, even very heavy hand knitting yarns. The base thread (1ply) is super for this job as it can be doubled to whatever thickness and can be thinned down for subsequent layers. The flower patterns I make up as I go along, but being rather vintage myself I do have to write them down as I go these days. I would send you pics of what I have done. but have no idea how to get the pics into the system. Thank you for sharing your lovely idea, I have thought up several ways of using them already.

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    • At this point, I often do both. When I wrote this design, I wasn’t making videos yet. There are people who like pictures, and those who like videos. I’ve always preferred pictures, so it took a while before I started making videos. It’s possible that I may make a video for this at some point, I’ll put it on my request list.

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