Button Magic

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A Lisa Haas Special

Lisa Haas, our featured Midlifexpress creative has shared her crafty skills once again. Lisa has collected a range of buttons over the years and has used some of the collection for this wonderful brooch. In this post, Lisa shares the steps in making your own brooch.


Large fabric covered vintage button (or self-covering button and fabric to cover)

6 – 10 very small white buttons (the type used at the cuff of men’s shirts are perfect!)

White polyester or nylon thread

Stranded embroidery thread

Sewing needle

Brooch back


If using self -covering button, cover with suitable fabric – the button pictured is vintage pure wool.

Using white thread and coming up through the button covering fabric, position and start sewing the tiny white buttons in desired pattern (to resemble tree shape). Sew all buttons in place using same thread and finish off securely. ‘Loose’ thread in back of fabric.

Taking three strands of embroidery thread and using stem stitch again come up through button covering fabric, sew tree trunk as per illustration. Finish off and ‘loose’ thread again under fabric covering.

To finish attach brooch fastener to back of button.

© brooch design by Lisa Haas for personal use only

Author: Sue Bell
Sue Bell is an entertainment writer and author of Backpacked: A mostly true story, Beat Street and When Dreamworks came to Stanley.

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