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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Lacy Crochet Button

By: Rebekah Fox

In this crochet video for beginners from Rebekah Fox, you'll see how simple it is to crochet a button cover. If you've got a lot of mismatched buttons or you just like the look of a crochet embellished button, you'll love this technique! Bring new life to your clothes and bags with this crochet button pattern.

Lacy Crochet Button

Materials:

  • One round button in any size or material
  • Crochet thread in size 20
  • Steel crochet hook in size 10
  • Tapestry needle
  • Sewing needle and thread

Video:

 

 

Instructions:

Make magic loop.

Round 1: 10 sc in loop, close loop.

Round 2: Sl st in first sc of rnd 1, ch 2 (counts as hdc now and throughout), hdc in same st as joining, * hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, repeat from * around. Join in 2nd ch of ch-2: 15 hdc.

Round 3: Ch 1, 2 sc in same sp as joining. Working in back loops, * sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * around. Join in both loops of first sc: 23 sc.

Repeat rnds 2 and 3 until you reach the edge of the button. Remember to insert hook in both loops on rnd 2 and back loops on rnd 3.

Button Edge Round: Ch 1, sc in same sp as joining, sc in each st around; join.

Repeat Button Edge Round until you are halfway to the center of the button back. Weave in thread tail in center of work.

Decrease Round 1: Ch 1, * sc2tog, sc in next st, repeat from * around; join. Tip: If you don't have enough sts at the end of the rnd to make a sc2tog, sc in that st.

Repeat Decrease Round 1 until you are a couple rnds away from button center.

Decrease Round 2: Sc2tog around; join.

Repeat last rnd until back opening is very small.

Finishing: Cut yarn and leave a long tail (about 8 inches). Fasten off and weave thread through remaining sts of last round made by going from front to back of first st and back to front of next stitch; repeat. Gather sts together and pull tightly. Whipstitch opening closed. Weave in tail or leave to help sew button to knitted garment. With sewing thread, go up and down through button holes so crocheted covering will not shift.

Sew button to woven fabrics using sewing needle and thread. You can sew the button on like a shank button or through the button holes.

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I have seen these lacy crochet buttons only a few times in store and thought they were so pretty and elegant looking but did not even know where to start but after watching this I am going to give it a try. This video and the tutorial explain it very well. I can not wait to try it. l be a nice added touch to a crochet or knitted sweater. Where else can you use these pretty buttons?

What is a magic loop?

Hi CarlaL: You can find more information about a magic ring here: http://www.allfreecrochet.com/Tutorials/Magic-Ring-Tutorial/. Hope this helps! -- Editor of FaveCrafts

What a lovely idea and how beautifully done!

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