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This autumn, animal prints are more popular than ever – as well as stylish and elegant. Make your own buttons with colorful leopard spots and tiger stripes to easily turn white or black blouses, dresses or children’s clothing into cool “it” garments. A little patience is required but you can give your creativity free rein – just think of all the bright color combinations which are possible! 0


Here is what you’ll need for the cheetah print buttons:
+ Soft modelling clay in red, blue, and white
+ Fimo “Clay machine” hand crank roller – or a pasta maker!
+ Straight blade
+ Awl

1 Step 1

Knead white clay until soft and form a thick circle (Ø 6 cm/23/8", 3 cm/1¼" thick). With awl, poke as many holes as desired.

1 Step 2

Form a red roll (approx. 0.5 cm/ 3/16" in diameter) and wrap with a thin layer of blue clay.

1 Step 3

Cut in lengths to match the thickness of the white circle. Insert in holes in the white circle.

1 Step 4

Press the circle firmly together and roll evenly.

1 Step 5

With the straight blade, cut the desired number of circles, each approx. 0.4 cm/ a scant 3/16" thick.

1 Step 6

Run each circle through the “Clay machine” (widest setting, #1).

1 Step 7

Punch out buttons of the desired size, with a hollow punch. Poke holes in each button, with the awl. Harden buttons in oven.

Cheetah Finished


Stripes main

Now if you want your buttons a little more stripey like zebras, follow these next steps…

2 Step 1

Knead each color clay individually and pull it through the roller.

2 Step 2

Place the rolled sheets on top of each other and press. Then split in half with the cutter.

2 Step 3

Now place both parts on top of each other and press firmly.

2 Step 4

Repeat the process until it reaches a height of approx. 4-5 cm.

2 Step 5

Press the strip block onto a non-slip surface and cut it diagonally through the block with the serrated blade.

2 Step 6

Pull the ribbed discs (about 0.4 cm thick) through the roller one at a time (widest machine setting).

2 Step 7

Cut out buttons with punch as desired, and pierce two buttonholes with the awl. Bake according to instructions.

2 Finsined

And done! Try spicing up your next blouse project with custom buttons like these, and use the following blouse sewing patterns…

Flounce Blouse; Button Up Plus Size Blouse; Boxy Blbouse.

Happy Button Making!


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    Dec 4, 2017, 02.23 AMby vegan

    Those buttons are beautiful!

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    Dec 3, 2017, 07.58 PMby mad14kt

    Curlee I am ENJOYING this … FIESTA :)

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    Nov 11, 2017, 09.00 PMby debcolly

    Thank you Curlee. I tried to reply above but accidentally marked your post as inappropriate! Apologies.

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    Nov 11, 2017, 08.58 PMby debcolly

    Thank you curlee. I meant to reply to your post above but accidentally marked it as inappropriate. Sorry!

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    Nov 8, 2017, 12.32 AMby amq5588

    What a fantastic article. It gets my creative juices flowing. I would have never thought of using a serrated blade for that beautiful chevon-like look in buttons. Now off to make button!!

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    Nov 7, 2017, 08.13 PMby Nathye13 nat

    Génial je me remet à la couture et souhaitais faire mes boutons moi mème !! y a plus qu’à

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    Nov 6, 2017, 06.36 PMby audreyferrah

    This is so good, I don’t know how you came up with this idea, but wow. Amazing thank you for taking the time and sharing this :)

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    Nov 6, 2017, 05.32 PMby debcolly

    i would like to try this but are the buttons machine washable?

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      Nov 7, 2017, 07.57 PMby curlee

      yes they are, I have made Fimo buttons and they have done well. I washed using warm/cool water and air dried.

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    Nov 3, 2017, 11.26 AMby nrobson

    this is totally cool!! now i know :P

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