How to Make Bottle-Cap Buttons for Knit Slippers

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Choose bottle caps that coordinate with the slippers and/or that have special meaning to your recipient.
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Choose bottle caps that coordinate with the slippers and/or that have special meaning to your recipient.

Choose bottle caps that coordinate with the slippers and/or that have special meaning to your recipient.

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With a thick piece of cardboard or a newspaper protecting your work surface, hold each cap on its side and hammer around the edges to smooth down sharp points.


Keep hammering around the cap several times until it's all even.

Sometimes there will be a point that won't want to smooth out—just stop when it's all smoothed enough that it won't injure anyone or tear the slipper yarn.


The left one hasn't been hammered yet, and the right one has—see the difference?

When you have squashed all sharp points, it's time to punch the holes. Hammer the nail through the top of the cap in two spots, or four or more spots if you want.


The nail goes through the cap pretty easily.

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Comments (5)

Futchu writes: Can someone send me the instructions in microsoft document?
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Posted: 7:00 pm on September 18th
P8 writes: great idea with the buttons; I am going to try it !

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Posted: 12:27 pm on May 5th
rainbowridergrma writes: This is just totally ingenious. I can see lots of possibilities. Thanks!
Posted: 9:35 am on February 24th
samsstuff writes: Cute idea for buttons & simple to make!
Posted: 11:56 pm on February 14th
Toffy writes: Cute slippers and cute buttons. A great idea to use bottle caps and so cute....I do have a suggestion tho'. I would cut a piece of thin cardboard to fit inside the bottle cap, and use a tiny piece of fabric or batting next to the top of the inside of the cap, then push in the cardboard. I would bend over the edges using a pair of pliers. This would then be sanded or checked for rough edges, then poke the holes to sew it on. This way all rough edges from the holes would be taken care of to avoid cutting the threads from use. Slightly more work but could be worth it in the long run.
Posted: 9:44 am on January 28th
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