Upcycle Ugly Buttons into Pretty Coasterscomments (11) January 21st, 2009
Make a Flower-shaped Coaster Out of Crocheted Buttons
I have a button-collecting habit, and I have it bad. But inevitably I get lots of not-so-great buttons with the desirable ones when I buy button lots. I can't help but hang on to them, thinking I'll do something with them...one day. It was when I was looking at some crochet cotton I acquired from my grandma and thinking of bottle-cap trivets (like this one) that I came up with the idea to use my buttons instead. You can definitely make this with bottle caps too-but for me, that would mean buying a lot of glass bottles (which aren't recyclable in my town) just to get the caps. For me, this was the perfect solution.
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- Assorted size 10 crochet cotton thread or other lace-weight yarn
- Seven 1-1/8-inch to 1-1/4-inch buttons per coaster (if you want to change the size up, see my tutorial on covering buttons)
- Size D, 3.25-mm crochet hook
- Yarn needle
sl st: slip stitch
sc: single crochet
hdc: half double crochet
dc: double crochet
hdc2tog half double crochet 2 together: (insert hook in next stitch, yarn over, and draw up a loop) twice, yarn over, and draw through all three loops
Button Covers Pattern
Round 1: Ch 4, 9 dc in 4th chain from hook, sl st in top of beginning ch to join-10 dc.
Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as hdc), hdc in first sp between stitches, *2 hdc in sp between next 2 stitches; repeat from * around, sl st in top of beginning ch to join-20 hdc.
Round 3: Ch 1, sc in each sc, sl st in top of first single crochet to join-20 sc.
Round 4: Repeat round 3. Place button inside crochet work.
Round 5: Ch 2, *hdc2tog over next 2 stitches; repeat from * around-10 hdc.
Next, sew both buttons to the center button. Repeat for all buttons, sewing each pair to the center and to the button on each side of the button pair.
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