Part II in Eyes, Getting them Right
My last post described yarn stitched or embroidered eyes. Another super easy method to adding character to your creations is with button eyes.
Buttons are easy, inexpensive options for eyes and one of my favorites. You can find projects that use a simple basic black button sewed with black thread to projects that use three different colored buttons stacked one on top of the other and backed with felt. You know the saying, “Cute as a button”, well, there’s are reason for it! Buttons are cute and crocheted critters with button eyes are even cuter.
I prefer buttons that have four holes for attaching rather than two. They are more secure and I find the four holed buttons look better. Maybe it gives a slight illusion of a pupil, not sure, but it is a preference of mine.
Use yarn to sew on the buttons. If your yarn is worsted weight or thicker it will be too thick to use to attach the button. A simple option is to split the plies of the yarn and use just one. Try sewing on the button with a coordinating color. For example, Mr. Springy has button eyes that are sewed on with the contrasting yarn used for his stripes.
Watch out for the types of buttons that attach at the back only. If they both aren’t secured tight enough they will hang uneven and ruin the look of a project. You may want to avoid using this type of button on a hat unless you used very thick yarn to crochet the hat. It is possible for the back of the button to poke thru and irritate the scalp.
Be careful of your placement of the buttons on a hat. If the hat is a gift or for donation, try the hat on after you placed the eyes to make sure they lay properly and are positioned in a natural way-not too far out to the sides. Hats stretch when worn and sometimes what looks good laying flat doesn’t look so great when worn.
Have fun with buttons. I made a Goofy Spider hat-he was purple and I wanted to give him red eyes. I had two mismatched red buttons in my button bin. I think they made him perfectly goofy looking.
Get creative with your button options. I had a hard time finding the perfect buttons for Blockhead Man. I want flat shiny black buttons and all I had were ones with ridges. So I flipped the buttons over, used the wrong side and they worked out perfect!
- Cute, cute and more cute. I love the homey feel button eyes give a project.
- #1 Con, buttons are a choking hazard. Do not use on items that will be given to babies younger than 3 yrs. old.
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