To make this button bracelet you will need
flat buttons, approximately 50 5/8-inch
assorted novelty or vintage buttons, approximately 30 ¾-inch
Tuck your thumb in and measure around the widest part of your hand. The bracelet will be stretchy, but not too much! My bracelets are 7 ¼ inch finished.
Cut a piece of waistband elastic 7 ½ inches long (or ¼ inch longer than the measurement you made).
Overlap the ends ¼ inch and sew together firmly. I used my sewing machine and a very tight zig zag stitch.
Cut about 1 yard of thread and thread a quilting needle. Double the thread and make a knot at the end.
Choose a base color of buttons for your bracelet. For my summer bracelet, I used white and clear flat buttons. For my Christmas bracelet, I used red and green flat buttons. Starting at one edge, sew a button onto the elastic with three to four loops. Don’t cut the thread. Lay another button along the edge and sew it on. After you’ve covered one edge of the bracelet, work on the other edge. End with filling in buttons down the middle.
Because the buttons are round, you will see that you have small spaces between the buttons. You will use those spaces to sew on the top layer of buttons. They can be flat or have shanks on the back. This is a great way to use heirloom, vintage, or sentimental buttons you have around. It’s also a fun excuse to go shopping for seasonal novelty buttons.
Resource links for button bracelet
- A visual history of the button from Slate