You say brooch, I say movable button

Processed with MoldivSometimes I am just too lazy to make buttonholes. Or I make something that can be draped in many different ways and needs some kind of fastener that is … well, movable.

These nifty movable buttons are the answer – and they are fun to put together! (And make excellent presents …)

Here is how:

All you need is a button, (how big?) some beads, (how big?) a clip what kind of clip – hair clip, a bulldog clip?, strong thread (I use beading thread), a needle, glue and a small piece of felt. (I use a beading needle, but any needle thin enough to go through your smallest bead will work.)
All you need is a button, (larger than the brooch clip), some beads, (a larger and a smaller one for each buttonhole) a brooch clip, strong thread (I use beading thread), a needle, glue and a small piece of felt. (I use a beading needle, but any needle thin enough to go through your smallest bead will work.)
A tip: use sellotape to keep the clip in place. Place the clip at the back of the button so that the holes in the button and the holes in the clip align. Double the thread and work it through the holes from back to front. Leave at least 10cm of the thread at the back. You will need this later to make a knot.
Thread the needle though the biggest bead first and then through a smaller bead.
Thread the needle though the biggest bead first and then through a smaller bead.
Skip the small bead and thread the needle back through the biggest bead, and back through the buttonhole. The small bead is the anchor that holds the thread in place.
At the back, thread the needle through the second hole (and come ? ) back to the front. Pull the thread tight, but take care to keep the long string hanging at the back.
At the back, thread the needle through the second hole and  back to the front. Pull the thread tight, but take care to keep the long string hanging at the back.
Repeat process with beads in the front.
Repeat process with beads in the front.
Thread needle to the back.
Thread needle to the back.
Make a secure knot.
Make a secure knot.
Glue the felt onto the button at the back and let it dry.
Glue the felt onto the button at the back and let it dry.
Ready for action!
Ready for action!
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