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July 20

DIY Clothing Buttons

Okay, this is way too cool, I have to share it with you guys!

Did you know you can make your own buttons from Shrink Plastic?!  Truth be told, I’ve never heard of this magical substance called ‘shrink plastic’ till now, either.

The blog Scissors.Paper.Wok posted up a tutorial on how to make your own clothing  buttons.

Using a Fiskars circle punch of size ‘large’ gets you a 4 cm button (or roughly 1.5 inch button).  I think that’s a bit large for most of our sewing needs, but you could easily use a smaller circle punch to get a smaller button, you’d just have to do some experimenting. 

Tell me this isn’t the coolest thing you’ve seen?!  Or am I just late to the party and everyone knows about this already….  heh

  1. Casey / Jul 20 2011

    Oh my goodness–I have been looking for an excuse to buy a package of shrink-plastic! :D This could have so many possibilities… ;) Thanks for sharing!

  2. weriem / Jul 20 2011

    I’ve just discovered that a few days ago via Pinterest!! Tell us if you try!

  3. Lauren R / Jul 21 2011

    You must not be old enough to remember Shrinky Dinks! The coolest 70’s and 80’s toy! it came with the plastic and tons of designs to trace. I haven’t thought of those in years! What a great use for it.

  4. Laurie / Nov 4 2012

    Don’t spend the money on shrink plastic. It’s polystyrene, or PS recyclable plastic #6. Some food containers or to-go boxes from restaurants are PS. Just make sure you use clear PS, not the foamy kind (styrofoam is PS with air pumped in it). Also, overhead projector sheets are PS and are cheaper than shrink plastic.

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