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Button up! Adding embellishments to your winter knitwear

Posted by Cassiefairy Oxfam Fashion blogger

8th Oct 2013

Pink is going to be a big trend for this autumn/winter - it's in all the magazines and on all the best fashion blogs. It's an unusual choice for autumn and I always think that pink is a spring/summer colour, but if it means that I can carry on wearing my summer tops, I'm happy with that!

However, I'd like to jazz up my spring cardigan so that it at least looks like a different top from the knitwear that I've been wearing all year- so I've decided to add buttons. This also reflects the pink trend because I've chosen to add buttons in lots of different rosy hues and have thrown in a couple of darker maroon and red ones to make it just a little bit more festive and autumnal. 

You can use any jumper or cardigan for this project - pick one up from your local Oxfam shop or online in the Oxfam Online Shop knitwear section . Choose some coordinating or contrasting buttons (easy to find at carboot sales, or in haberdashery stores) to create two very different looks on your winter knitwear. And here's how it's done:

You will need: Jumper or cardigan, buttons of different sizes and colours, needle, matching thread

Step by step

Step One:  Choose your buttons and roughly lay them out on your jumper or cardigan to decide where you would like the different colours and sizes to be to create a pleasing and balanced design around the neckline.

Step Two: Thread your needle with the matching thread and begin stitching the buttons to your top.



Step Three: You need not tie off each button, but you can simply attach each button with a couple of stitches then take the needle along the back of the fabric and come up wherever you'd like your next button to be.

Step Four: When you're sewing your final button, take the thread behind it and finish with a double knot to stop the buttons dropping off.


Don't forget that you can add anything else that takes your fancy - bows or different embellishments - it all adds to the handmade look and will ensure your winter knitwear is completely unique.

Blog post written by Cassiefairy

Oxfam Fashion blogger

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