How to Make a Personalized Button-Embellished Scarf

Scarves are a great small holiday gift for friends and family. Make a storebought scarf extra special by personalizing it with a playful message spelled out with buttons. This is a quick handmade gift that will keep the recipient cozy for many winters to come.  

Button-Embellished Scarf

Button-Embellished Scarf

Scarves are a great small gift for friends and family. Make this gift extra special by personalizing it with a playful message in buttons. This is a quick handmade gift that will keep the recipient cozy for winters to come.

Photo by: Marian Parsons

Marian Parsons

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Materials Needed

  • knit scarf
  • buttons
  • embroidery floss (same color as buttons)
  • embroidery needle

Arrange Buttons

Arrange buttons into your desired design on a flat work surface, comparing design to width of scarf to make sure it will fit.

Sew Buttons to Scarf

Cut a length of floss about 12-18" long and section out two threads. Thread a length of embroidery floss onto needle. Pull needle through scarf and button, allowing end of thread to remain on back of scarf. Insert needle through second buttonhole (Image 1) and tie two ends behind scarf (Image 2). Repeat with other buttonholes until button is secured. Knot and trim thread. Repeat with other buttons, arranging in pattern to shape each letter (Image 3).

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