DIY Shamrock Pin - Dig into your button jar and try this great stashbusting project; once you master the technique, you can also use it to make all kinds of other shapes as well!

St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching – steer clear of those pinching fingers by wearing this cute shamrock pin!  Dig into your button jar and try this great stashbusting project; once you master the technique, you can also use it to make all kinds of other shapes as well!

button shamrock pin

Project estimate:

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  • Green buttons (4 small, 4 medium), on hand or $1
  • Wax thread or embroidery floss, on hand
  • Pin back, on hand or $1
  • Hot glue or E6000, on hand

Total:  Free and up!

shamrock stem

Making the stem:

  • Sew through the first tiny button and tie the two pieces into a square knot on the back side. Cut the shorter thread.
  • Take the next tiny button and using the thread, sew the next button beside the first button. They should touch each other.
  • Repeat this step on the third tiny button. This completes the stem.

shamrock pin

Making the clover:

  • Sew through one of the medium sized buttons. Tie it in a square knot and then cut one of the threads.
  • With one thread from the medium button and the one from the stem, tie the two together with a square knot.
  • Using your glue of choice, attach them on top of the first medium button.
  • Glue the bar pin on the back of the first medium button and at lease two of the tiny buttons.
  • Sew through the three other medium buttons and tie them in the back using a square knot.

Note: You can use hot glue if you glue the buttons to where the thread from one is glued to the thread of the other.