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Easy Christmas Crafts: Button and Lace Ornament


A perfect solution for those short bits of lace and odd buttons, make this fun and easy button and lace ornament.

Yes, a needle and thread are involved, but the stitches are "sew" simple to do.

Here's one of the button and lace ornaments on display.

Button and Lace Ornament with flowered button on display

This ornament is small and would add a surprising little touch tucked into a small spot on the Christmas tree. Or make several different button and lace ornaments and scatter them throughout your decorations.

Easy Christmas Crafts: Button and Lace Ornament Materials and Tools:

  • Lace - 5 to 9 inches long and between 5/8 inch to 1 1/8 inches wide (gathered lace can be shorter in length while flat and or wider lace needs to be longer) 
  • Yarn - 10 inches long (not shown, forgot to include it in the photo)
  • Button 5/8 inch to 7/8 inch wide
  • Sewing thread
  • Needle
  • Ruler   
  • Scissors  
  • Glue 

Take a look at the simple materials and tools shown here. 

Button and Lace Ornament materials and tools 

This picture compares gathered lace to flat lace.

One side of the lace should be straight and the other scalloped.

Button and Lace Ornament materials comparison 

The Steps for How to Make the Easy Christmas Crafts: Button and Lace Ornament:

Measure and cut the lace.

This lace is gathered and one inch wide. I used six inches.

Button and Lace Ornament step 1 cut lace

Fold the lace in half with the right sides together.

Match the two cut ends from side to side.

Sew the two ends together with a 1/8 to 1/4 inch seam using small running stitches.

Button and Lace Ornament step 2 fold lace and sew ends together

At the end of the short seam, make sure the lace seam lies flat.

Anchor the seam by making several stitches in one place before tying a knot near the lace.

Cut the thread.

Button and Lace Ornament step 3 secure thread ends

Sew running stitches along the straight edge of the lace.

These running stitches should follow the straight edge to complete the circle back at the seam.

The thread ends should be on the back or wrong side of the lace.

Button and Lace Ornament step 4 make running stitches along the edge.

Gently pull the thread ends to form a gathered circle of lace.

Button and Lace Ornament step 5 pull thread ends

Pull the threads firmly and tie the ends using a square or hard knot. Be careful not to break the thread.

Button and Lace Ornament step 6 tie thread ends

Add glue to the back of the button.

Make sure the glue does not fill the shank or the button's eyes.

Button and Lace Ornament step 7 add glue to the button

Position the button over the center of the front or right side of the gathered lace circle.

If the button has a shank like this button, push the shank through the center of the lace.

Trim the threads from the gathering step being careful not to cut the knot.

Button and Lace Ornament step 8 position button

Cut a 10-inch piece of yarn.

Button and Lace Ornament step 9 cut yarn

Thread the yarn through the button's shank or the button's eyes.

Pull the ends of the yarn on the back side of the ornament until they are even.

Button and Lace Ornament step 10 push yarn through button

Tie a knot in the ends of the yarn to form the hanging loop.

Button and Lace Ornament step 11 tie knot in yarn ends

Add a small drop of glue on the seam on the back side of the lace circle.

Pull the yarn along the seam line and press into the glue.

Button and Lace Ornament step 12 glue yarn to seam

The little Button and Lace Ornament is ready to display.

Button and Lace Ornament step 13 display the ornament

This one used a flat and wider lace with an iridescent sheen and a two-eyed button.

Button and Lace Ornament pink button on display

Here, you can see the three different ornaments, their variety and their small size.

The left ornament used five inches of 5/8 inch slightly gathered lace (see photo above). The finished ornament is 1 3/4 inches wide.

The middle ornament used nine inches of 1 1/8 inch flat lace (see photo above). Its finished size is 2 1/4 inches wide.

The right ornament used six inches of 1 inch slightly gathered eyelet lace. It is 2 inches wide.

Button and Lace Ornament three different sizes 

A bit of lace, an odd button and a short length of yarn quickly turn into a small and charming decoration.

Have fun!

Just a few inexpensive materials and tools and a small amount of time turn into this Button and Lace Ornament. It adds beauty to a tree, to a gift package or to a table setting as napkin rings.


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