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button recycle vest

Added Apr 13, 2012

by Heleen de Haan

Utrecht, Netherl...






my mother-in-law gave me a shoebox full of old buttons. Oh, how I love buttons, I used to play with my mothers box of buttons for ours when I was little.
I sorted them all and realized I had loads of little white shirt buttons, I figured I could make something really nice out of this, that would give the buttons a happy second life.
In a store I saw a cute little summer vest filled with little mother of pearl buttons, of course ridiculously expensive. At home I drafted a pattern, copied of a vest I already own. My machine can sow on buttons, so it took me only an afternoon to finish. love it!


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    Apr 21, 2012, 01.48 AMby sewingqueen-1


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    Apr 15, 2012, 11.14 AMby jannekeweidema

    I like the idea and how it turned out: it’s a real eye-catcher! And you drafted the pattern yourself? Great job, however a shame for the ones who like your vest and want to make something similar (me!)… Any change you could upload the pattern?

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      Apr 16, 2012, 05.06 PMby Heleen de Haan

      thanks! unfortunately I have no clue how to make a downloadable pattern… but maybe I can make a tutorial :)

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      Apr 17, 2012, 07.13 PMby jannekeweidema

      Thanks, that would be great! The pattern looks quite straightforward, but I’m not very experienced in drawing patterns myself. A tutorial would be really helpful!

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    Apr 13, 2012, 01.06 PMby erin

    Really cool idea, love it!

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    Apr 13, 2012, 12.13 PMby Adriana Orozco

    Uhhhhh, really cute, I love it!!! I agree with strikmeise!!!

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      Apr 16, 2012, 04.59 PMby Heleen de Haan

      thanks! cute is the look I was going for :)

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    Apr 13, 2012, 09.39 AMby strickmeise

    Wow, I love it! A really amazing idea – every sewer has a bunch of buttons in the stash not really knowing if they will be used …

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      Apr 16, 2012, 04.59 PMby Heleen de Haan

      thanks! I was thinking: bag, necklace or vest. I still have loads of ideas for my old buttons :)

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