How to Make Bottle-Cap Buttons for Knit Slipperscomments (6) December 13th, 2008
This knit gift idea will be much loved by any recipient with cold winter feet, and is shockingly fast to knit up! I designed these slippers in my early knitting years, when I was still very inexperienced, so they are way simple, using only knit stitch, increases and decreases, and some knitting in the round with double-pointed needles. Unlike many slipper patterns that are knit large and then felted, these slippers are knit on size 11 needles with several strands of yarn, making a thick, dense fabric, so no felting is needed.
You can find my free "Mary Jane-Style Booties" pattern on my website and on ravelry, or you can click this link to download the pdf file directly. All slipper instructions are in the pattern.
The slipper pattern calls for two decorative buttons at the ends of the straps, and since the buttons are not functional but only for looks, I love using bottle caps instead! I'm always one to use recycled materials in my crafts whenever possible, so putting a couple of fun bottle caps on a pair of slippers instead of buttons is my kind of modification!
Of course, you can use this bottle-cap button concept for items beside the slippers—how about adding a few embellishments to a beer-lover's hat gift? Or sewing a cluster of them onto a bag? Fun stuff!
- Two bottle caps
- A hammer
- A thin nail
- A sewing needle or tapestry needle
- Embroidery floss or yarn
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