Crochet Pattern: Layered Button Cuff (with Tips for Organizing Your Button Collection)

Free crochet pattern: Layered Button Cuff in Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton by Underground Crafter | After 10 years, I finally organized my grandmother's button collection using a Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer. With buttons now at the ready, I used a soft cotton yarn to make a fun accessory. Make it your own by changing up yarn colors or using different styles of buttons.After 10 years, I finally organized my grandmother’s button collection. In this post, I’ll share my organizing tips along with crafty product reviews and a free crochet pattern! With buttons now at the ready, I used a soft cotton yarn to make a fun accessory. Make it your own by changing up yarn colors or using different styles of buttons.

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When my maternal grandmother passed away in 2007, I inherited her vast button collection. (Button collecting has not skipped a generation in my family, by the way. Both my mom and her youngest sister are big button collectors, too.) It was in this metal utility case which was heavy, not very visually appealing, and had squeaky drawers.

Free crochet pattern: Layered Button Cuff in Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton by Underground Crafter | After 10 years, I finally organized my grandmother's button collection using a Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer. With buttons now at the ready, I used a soft cotton yarn to make a fun accessory. Make it your own by changing up yarn colors or using different styles of buttons.From time to time, I would dip into the buttons but it was hard to find anything. My grandmother, like all of us, had her own secret methods for organizing and it was a bit hard for me to figure out. Also, the case was so heavy that I didn’t really ever want to move it around. Then, in January, I met the folks from Deflecto at Creativation, a trade show for the craft industry.

Free crochet pattern: Layered Button Cuff in Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton by Underground Crafter | After 10 years, I finally organized my grandmother's button collection using a Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer. With buttons now at the ready, I used a soft cotton yarn to make a fun accessory. Make it your own by changing up yarn colors or using different styles of buttons.Deflecto has been in the organization business for over 50 years, and, as you can see from their booth display, they design several products with crafters in mind. Deflecto sent me some products to try out at home, including Stackable Caddy Organizers (each of which comes with one Large Caddy Container, one Small Caddy Container, and one Medium Caddy Container), Caddy Containers, and the Wall Mounting Bars.

Let me start by saying that I was amazed that I could get everything in that huge utility box into one Stackable Caddy Organizer. (I configured it with one Large Caddy Container and three Small Caddy Containers). I spent about an afternoon doing this, but part of that involved reminiscing, so of course, you may be able to organize more quickly!

In the Large Caddy Container, I used four Ziploc Extra Small Square Containers (which stack neatly two-by-two) to organize groups of buttons that were loose but part of sets. I also included all of the random sewing tools that were a bit longer in this container. I then organized one Small Caddy Container to include all the loose buttons, one to include all the buttons that were on cards, and one for snaps, beads, and other findings. Since my grandmother’s entire collection fit into one Stackable Caddy Organizer, I was able to take it over to my mom’s for the afternoon and I can also easily move it around my apartment. I’m going to keep my own button collection separate (but that’s a post for another day!).

Free crochet pattern: Layered Button Cuff in Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton by Underground Crafter | After 10 years, I finally organized my grandmother's button collection using a Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer. With buttons now at the ready, I used a soft cotton yarn to make a fun accessory. Make it your own by changing up yarn colors or using different styles of buttons.

The handle has pieces on each side that can open outward to snap to another Stackable Caddy Organizer to lock together. Although Deflecto says each organizer can hold up to 40 pounds, with my back as it is, I decided to start small with just the one for traveling on the subway.

Free crochet pattern: Layered Button Cuff in Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton by Underground Crafter | After 10 years, I finally organized my grandmother's button collection using a Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer. With buttons now at the ready, I used a soft cotton yarn to make a fun accessory. Make it your own by changing up yarn colors or using different styles of buttons.Each side of the Stackable Caddy Organizer can fit one Large Caddy Container, three Small Caddy Containers, or one Medium and one Small Caddy Container.

Free crochet pattern: Layered Button Cuff in Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton by Underground Crafter | After 10 years, I finally organized my grandmother's button collection using a Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer. With buttons now at the ready, I used a soft cotton yarn to make a fun accessory. Make it your own by changing up yarn colors or using different styles of buttons.The Medium Caddy Containers just happen to be the perfect size for crochet hooks (even the jumbo sizes) and most scissors.

Free crochet pattern: Layered Button Cuff in Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton by Underground Crafter | After 10 years, I finally organized my grandmother's button collection using a Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer. With buttons now at the ready, I used a soft cotton yarn to make a fun accessory. Make it your own by changing up yarn colors or using different styles of buttons.You can keep the parts more secure by sliding the back piece of each Container into the slots on the Caddy Organizer.

Free crochet pattern: Layered Button Cuff in Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton by Underground Crafter | After 10 years, I finally organized my grandmother's button collection using a Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer. With buttons now at the ready, I used a soft cotton yarn to make a fun accessory. Make it your own by changing up yarn colors or using different styles of buttons.I didn’t try out the Wall Mounting Bars because we live in a rental apartment and don’t want to mess with the walls. But, I did want to show a picture of the Wall Mounting Bars in action (and demonstrate my Wonder Woman-esque powers of strength). Like the Caddy Organizers, there are ridges on the Wall Mounting Bars where the back piece of each Container can slide into.

Free crochet pattern: Layered Button Cuff in Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton by Underground Crafter | After 10 years, I finally organized my grandmother's button collection using a Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer. With buttons now at the ready, I used a soft cotton yarn to make a fun accessory. Make it your own by changing up yarn colors or using different styles of buttons.

Each Container has a pop up closure on the front. I’ve been using these for about two months and haven’t had any problems yet, but I probably wouldn’t snap them open and closed 10 times a day, either.

Free crochet pattern: Layered Button Cuff in Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton by Underground Crafter | After 10 years, I finally organized my grandmother's button collection using a Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer. With buttons now at the ready, I used a soft cotton yarn to make a fun accessory. Make it your own by changing up yarn colors or using different styles of buttons.The Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizers are easy to use and stackable (obviously) with a “lift and lock” closure. The handle makes them portable enough to bring to craft night. I like the variety of Caddy Container sizes available. If you have a craft room, you could use the Caddy Containers and the Wall Mounting Bars to keep supplies for your current project ready while you’re working. Besides my grandmother’s button collection, I’ve been using the other samples to store small containers of paint, scissors, and colored pencils. MC has taken some for storing small tools, bolts, and screws. My only concerns about these are that the plastic can scratch and chip a bit in shipping (which doesn’t seem to have impacted functionality or strength) and how the pop up closures will hold up to heavy use in the long term (though I haven’t had any problems when using these for about two months).

Some Deflecto craft products are available for sale on Amazon, or you can find out where to buy them locally on Deflecto’s Craft Solutions web page.


So, now on to the crochet pattern! I used my newly organized button collection and some remnants of Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton yarn that were leftover from two patterns I’ll be posting on Monday to make this awesome Layered Button Cuff. It’s such a soft and luxurious cotton that it can’t be confined to a life of potholders and coasters (though it would make fabulous ones!).

Free crochet pattern: Layered Button Cuff in Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton by Underground Crafter | After 10 years, I finally organized my grandmother's button collection using a Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer. With buttons now at the ready, I used a soft cotton yarn to make a fun accessory. Make it your own by changing up yarn colors or using different styles of buttons.

I dug through the Small Caddy Organizer with the unmatched buttons until…

Free crochet pattern: Layered Button Cuff in Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton by Underground Crafter | After 10 years, I finally organized my grandmother's button collection using a Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer. With buttons now at the ready, I used a soft cotton yarn to make a fun accessory. Make it your own by changing up yarn colors or using different styles of buttons.… I found some buttons that were paired harmoniously with the yarn colors.

Free crochet pattern: Layered Button Cuff in Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton by Underground Crafter | After 10 years, I finally organized my grandmother's button collection using a Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer. With buttons now at the ready, I used a soft cotton yarn to make a fun accessory. Make it your own by changing up yarn colors or using different styles of buttons.This Layered Button Cuff is the perfect way to use up the last bits of a soft, treasured yarn while putting some of your button collection on display. (And, if you don’t happen to be a button collector yet, I recommend getting started at Buttons Galore and More.)

If you make your own Layered Button Cuff, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. You can also share a picture in the Underground Crafters Facebook group. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium patterns and other subscriber goodies. Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns again!

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Layered Button Cuff

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

Free crochet pattern: Layered Button Cuff in Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton by Underground Crafter | After 10 years, I finally organized my grandmother's button collection using a Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer. With buttons now at the ready, I used a soft cotton yarn to make a fun accessory. Make it your own by changing up yarn colors or using different styles of buttons.

A soft cotton yarn and assorted buttons combine to make a fun accessory. Make it your own by changing up yarn colors or using different styles of buttons.

 

Finished Size

  • Customizable. Photographed sample is Teen/Adult: 8” (20.5 cm) circumference x 1.75” (4.5 cm) width.

Materials

  • Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton yarn (100% Pima Cotton, 3.5 oz/100 g/155 yd/142 m) – 1 skein each in Out of Space Dyed – 101 Spots (CA) and Pink Lemonade (CB), or approximately 20 yd (18 m) in each of 2 colors in any medium weight cotton yarn.
  • US Size H-8/5 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn or tapestry needle with eye small enough to sew through buttons.
  • 5-20 sew-through buttons.

Free crochet pattern: Layered Button Cuff in Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton by Underground Crafter | After 10 years, I finally organized my grandmother's button collection using a Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer. With buttons now at the ready, I used a soft cotton yarn to make a fun accessory. Make it your own by changing up yarn colors or using different styles of buttons.

Gauge

  • 4 sc = 1.25” (3 cm) in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this pattern.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • ch – chain
  • rep – repeat
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)

Pattern Instructions

Cuff

Inner Layer

  • With CA, ch 5.
  • Row 1: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc in next ch and in each ch across. (4 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and in each st across.
  • Rep Row 2 until piece measures approximately 8” (20.5 cm) long, or desired wrist circumference. Fasten off CA.

Outer Layer

  • With CB, ch 9.
  • Row 1: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc in next ch, ch 1, sk 1 ch, sc in next 4 ch, ch 1, sk 1 ch, sc in next ch. (6 sts + 2 ch-1 sp)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st, ch 1, sk ch-1 sp, sc in next 4 sts, ch 1, sk ch-1 sp, sc in next st.
  • Rep Row 2 until piece is the same length as inner layer.

Form buttonhole

  • Row 3: Turn, sl st in each of first st, ch-1 sp, and next st, ch 3, sk 2 sts, sl st in ea of next st, ch-1 sp, and next st.
  • Row 4: Turn, sl st in each of next 3 sts, sl st in each of next 3 ch, sl st in each of next 3 sts. Fasten off with long yarn tail approximately 32” (81.5 cm) long for seaming.

Assembly

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends on Inner Layer and yarn tail from foundation chain on Outer Layer. With yarn needle, weave long yarn tail on Outer Layer so that it is positioned in first ch-1 sp near buttonhole.

Free crochet pattern: Layered Button Cuff in Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton by Underground Crafter | After 10 years, I finally organized my grandmother's button collection using a Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer. With buttons now at the ready, I used a soft cotton yarn to make a fun accessory. Make it your own by changing up yarn colors or using different styles of buttons.

  • Place Inner Layer on top of Outer Layer, centered between chain spaces. With yarn needle and long yarn tail, seam the pieces together along the long edges by picking up the sides of rows of Inner Layer and pulling yarn through corresponding ch-1 sp on Outer Layer. Alternate moving the needle from bottom to top and then from top to bottom.
  • After first side is seamed, use yarn tail to weave across to other ch-1 sp, working on wrong side (underside) of Outer Layer. Repeat seam on other side. When pieces are joined, use yarn needle to weave in ends.
  • Position buttons on top of Inner Layer until you are satisfied.

Free crochet pattern: Layered Button Cuff in Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton by Underground Crafter | After 10 years, I finally organized my grandmother's button collection using a Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer. With buttons now at the ready, I used a soft cotton yarn to make a fun accessory. Make it your own by changing up yarn colors or using different styles of buttons.

  • Set buttons down in the order you plan to sew them to the cuff. Test to ensure that the first button to be attached will fit through the buttonhole.

Free crochet pattern: Layered Button Cuff in Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton by Underground Crafter | After 10 years, I finally organized my grandmother's button collection using a Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer. With buttons now at the ready, I used a soft cotton yarn to make a fun accessory. Make it your own by changing up yarn colors or using different styles of buttons.

  • Starting with a piece of CB measuring approximately 25” (63.5 cm) – and leaving approximately 5” (13 cm) of slack at one end to weave in later – begin sewing on first button at opposite end from buttonhole. Sew each button on using yarn needle to move through button eyes. Secure by weaving yarn through the wrong side (underside) of Outer Layer between each button. Continue until all buttons are attached.
  • Weave in ends securely.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends.
© 2017 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2017/07/13/crochet-pattern-layered-button-cuff. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

If you make your own Layered Button Cuff, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. You can also share a picture in the Underground Crafters Facebook group. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium patterns and other subscriber goodies. Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns again!

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Free crochet pattern: Layered Button Cuff in Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton by Underground Crafter | After 10 years, I finally organized my grandmother's button collection using a Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer. With buttons now at the ready, I used a soft cotton yarn to make a fun accessory. Make it your own by changing up yarn colors or using different styles of buttons.

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