How to make your own buttons

How to make your own Buttons

How to make your own Buttons, a very important thing to learn if you are making stuff for infants or younger babies. As a mother I know, how much it worries to a mother if we see broken plastic button. The first thought comes has baby put it in mouth?

How to make yarn buttons

It is a very good practice to use soft yarn buttons (preferably cotton with no harmful colors) for baby dress and accessories. As per my experience babies aging from 4 month old to 2 to 2 and half years, like to put everything in mouth. It could be due to teething or mere exploration but this is very difficult time for parents to keep baby safe. And something like button from their accessory could be the first interesting thing for curious baby.

I remember when our angel started putting things in her mouth, I had changed all possible buttons into cotton yarn buttons 🙂 This way she was enjoying chewing buttons and I was also tension free.

I highly recommend everyone who makes baby stuff to use yarn buttons. The size and thickness of this button depends on the weight of your yarn. In this post I am sharing my simple way of making your own fully safe Buttons at home with step-by-step photos, instruction card and video tutorial.

So let’s see,

How to make your own Buttons-

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Detailed Step by step tutorial with photos-

Abbreviations used:

Ch – chain

sc – single crochet

Sl st – Slip stitch

Finished Size :

Finished size and thickness depends on the weight of yarn used.


Any color yarn. (preferably cotton with no harmful colors)


Take yarn and crochet hook suitable for the yarn.

Make ch 3. step1

Insert hook in first ch and make Sl st to form a loop. step2

R1: Ch 1, 8 sc in the loop, Sl st in first stitch and complete the round. (8 sts) step3

R2: Ch 1, *1 sc in first stitch then 2 sc next* repeat * to * 3 times more, Sl st in first stitch and complete the round. (12 stitches) step4

Take out your hook, insert it in center loop and pull tail yarn inside, towards you. step5

R3: Put hook back in working loop. Insert hook in central loop, grab yarn and pull it little long so that it covers R2 work. Then draw yarn through both the loops. This will make a long single crochet, make 16 of them. (16 sts) step6 step7

R4: *sk first st, 1 sc in next* repeat * to * 5 more time, Sl st in first. (6 sts) Stitches will come closer. step8

R5: *sk first st, Sl st in next* repeat * to * two times more. All stitches would have come closer. Pull out working and tail yarn though the loop. Cut off working yarn and tie a knot with tail yarn. step9

Our beautiful and safe yarn button is ready!

You can watch video tutorial here: How to make your own Buttons

Isn’t it easy and beautiful? Let me know how you used these buttons.

Happy Crocheting!

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