How to Make Singleton Buttonscomments (39) March 13th, 2009
A Singleton button is a kind of Dorset button, and it gets its name not from Bridget Jones, but from the Singleton family, who first made them in the 1600s. The fun thing about Singleton buttons is that you can make them from so many pretty fabrics. I love the idea of a row of coordinating Singleton buttons decorating a tote bag, or bright floral Singletons gracing the front of a simple white shirt.
What you'll need:
- Woven cotton fabric
- Plastic bone ring (I'm using a 1-inch ring)
- Cardstock (for a template)
- Washable fabric marking pen
- Needle and strong thread (see notes below)
- Embroidery floss (optional)
- Wool felt
Like a Dorset button, the Singleton is made on a ring—and we're using plastic bone rings here. You can find them in fabric and craft stores, with drapery-making supplies or with crochet supplies. They come in lots of sizes, so you can make these buttons in many sizes.
A note on thread: This is one project where the strength of the thread you use makes a big difference. I recommend using a thread with some polyester or nylon content—you'll be pulling this thread around a bit, so it needs to resist breaking.
If you're planning to use these buttons on a garment that will be machine washed, then be sure to prewash your fabric and felt beforehand.
You'll need a fabric circle that's about 2-1/2 times larger in diameter than your plastic ring. I made myself a template using the page layout program on my computer and printed it out on cardstock. You could also use a compass.
If you want to make sure a specific part of the fabric design appears on the front of your finished button, then cut a circle out of the center that's the same size as the ring.
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