Welcome to the wonderful world of baking buttons! In this tutorial, we will teach you to make your own one-of-a-kind tiny doll size buttons using shrink paper such as Shrinky Dinks®.
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You only need a few supplies and a little bit of time to make unique-to-you designer buttons!
Let's talk about the supplies you will need:
Note: The following steps describe how to make round buttons that will end up being approximately 5/8" wide. They are a good size for the All Buttoned Up sundress; 3/4" buttons also look nice! You can use the same steps for any shape or size you desire! It's all up to YOU!
*****Please read through all of the directions before you start*****
Step 1: Practice
When working with shrink paper, what you see before baking is not necessarily what you get! Some colors get brighter when they shrink and some get darker. Take a moment and bake a color swatch. A thin, light layer of marker is best. If the ink is too thick, it will chip.
Step 2: Trace template onto shrink paper
Note: Templates can be downloaded from the All Buttoned Up Dress Pattern. Templates are a helpful tool to make your button making process go smoothly, but you can also make your own buttons just fine by carefully drawing the shapes you want based on the measurements given below.
Unless you want the traced outlines to show, use a pencil for tracing. Erase lines before baking.
Option A: For opaque paper
Cut out the 1.5" circle template, or create your own guide by measuring a 1.5" circle. Punch out the buttonholes and place the template on the shrink paper. Trace around it. Be sure to mark the buttonholes.
Option B: For clear or frosted paper
Place the clear/frosted paper over the button shape on the template page and trace the shape, or draw your own shape onto the paper. Mark the buttonhole locations.
Step 3: Get creative!
Using permanent markers, design and color your buttons. Remember, the buttons will shrink approximately 50%. Consider shrinkage as you design. Very detailed designs may lose their impact after they shrink.
If you are using frosted/sanded paper, draw on the rough side of the paper.
If you are using shiny/smooth paper, allow ink to dry before adding a second color ink.
Wet ink will smear.
Step 4: Cut out button
Cut or punch out your button and the button holes.
Don't forget the buttonholes! You cannot punch buttonholes after baking!
Step 5: Prepare for "baking"
Preheat oven to temperature recommended on the package. For my oven, I set the temperature at 300 degrees and baked for 3 minutes.
Place a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet and place the buttons on top of the paper. The colored side should be up.
Step 6: "Bake" your buttons
Put the cookie sheet with the buttons on it in the oven for the time recommended on the packaging. Place it on the middle rack. Time will vary based on your oven.
Check progress every minute or so. Use your oven mitt and remove the cookie tray from the oven at the recommended elapsed time or when they are flat. You may see them curl and jump around a bit. This is normal!
If your buttons are not completely flat when you remove them, use a small ceramic/glass bowl to flatten them out.
Reminder: The buttons will be hot when you remove them from the oven! They cool off quickly, but be careful not to burn yourself.
Step 7: Attach buttons
Sew your buttons onto your dolly garment and make something that is truly unique!
Shrink info: In general, your buttons will shrink anywhere from 30% to 50%.
Shop Our Pattern Collection for Sewing With Buttons
Now that you have learned to make your own buttons, unleash your creativity with our collection of patterns that feature buttons.
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