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How to crochet a button in 5 minutes – Free pattern!

Buttons!! They play such an important role in our projects but it can get really hard to find the right match every time. How about we we learn to crochet our own? All we need is a little bit of yarn, and a hook!

There are many ways to crochet buttons but I find this one to be the easiest because it only uses single crochet stitches and can be made with any yarn with an appropriate hook! The best part is that you can customize them – pick the perfect color – based on the project.

These buttons are sturdy enough to be sewn on cardigans as closures, or on slippers like the ones shown in the picture below. They can also be used as embellishments on cushions, mug cozies, hats and bags. The possibilities are endless!

Make your own crochet buttons!

In this picture, the buttons are used for securing a pair of Tunisian crocheted slippers on the tiny feet of a toddler.

What you will need

  1. Yarn – I used fingering weight yarn (Stroll Tweed by Knit Picks). But, this button can be made with any weight yarn with an appropriate hook.
  2. 3.25 mm (D-3) crochet hook
  3. Scissors
  4. Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Video Tutorial

Right handed
Left handed

How to crochet a button

Note: This pattern is written in US terms.

Step 1: Make a magic loop.

How to make a crochet button - Step 1.0 - Make a magic loop

Learn how to make a decorative crochet button.
How to make a crochet button - Step 1.1 - Make a magic loop

Learn how to make a yarn button.
How to make a crochet button - Step 1.2 - Make a magic loop

Learn how to crochet a small button.

Step 2: Make 13 single crochet stitches in the magic loop.

How to make a crochet button - Step 2.0 

Learn how to crochet a button in yarn.
How to make a crochet button - Step 2.1

Learn how to crochet your own buttons.
How to make a crochet button - Step 2.2 

Learn how to make buttons for crochet projects.

Step 3: Pull the loop to a close – leave some space in the center, big enough to make a few more stitches there.

How to make a crochet button - Step 3

This is a free pattern for crochet buttons.

Step 4: Make two more rounds of 13 single crochet stitches in the space in the magic ring. These will be made over the stitches from the previous round.

How to make a crochet button - Step 4.0

Learn how to crochet a button in a five minutes.
How to make a crochet button - Step 4.0

Learn how crochet your own buttons.

This is how your button will look at the right side after two rounds of 13 single crochet stitches. This will be the wrong side of the button.

How to make a crochet button - Finished button - right side of the project, wrong side of the button.

Learn how to crochet a bobble-type button.

Turn the button over, this is the right side of the button. Cut yarn and weave in all ends.

How to make a crochet button - Finished button - wrong side of the project, right side of the button.

Use crocheted buttons to give a finishing touch to your projects.

And, you’re done!

Crocheted buttons with a stork scissors and a crochet hook in the background.

Sizing and Adjustments

My buttons measure .5″ (1.25 cms) approximately.

The size of the buttons will vary depending on the yarn (heavier weight yarn will make larger buttons) and tension. These buttons take less than 5 minutes to make so please take some time and experiment with the yarn you have chosen for your buttons. I recommend trying hooks of different sizes to see which one works best for you. And, if you think you need to add or remove single crochet stitches for your buttons, it is completely fine to do so.

Other interesting button patterns

Here is a quick round up of some other interesting button patterns that I found:

  1. How to crochet a button by New Stitch A Day
  2. Make a set of cool buttons by Marinke (Wink)
  3. How to crochet a button cover by We Are Knitters
  4. How to crochet a button from the Lion Brand Blog
  5. Crochet button by Crochet N Crafts

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RD

Thursday 3rd of June 2021

I can't quite envision how best to sew these buttons on. Can you explain how you do that?

Arunima

Friday 4th of June 2021

@RD, I have another slippers pattern coming up and I show how I sew these buttons in the support video for that. Keep an eye on my blog / youtube channel and you'll know when that one is released :)