I was preparing to post some store sample hats from my cousin’s yarn shop for sale on ETSY. Normally I go for simple and practical, without a lot of embellishment. But I felt that these hats needed something more to distinguish them from the many other hats for sale.
I had the idea of adding buttons, tassels, or pompoms. I found some scraps of yarn in my stash that worked for each hat, then stopped at Tangles to Treasures in Fergus Falls to look at my large collection of Mary Turak buttons, and to consult with Torri. Torri suggested crocheting flowers to adorn the hats, which could have a button in the center. Bingo.
The button collection came with my Mary Turak yarn store inventory purchase in the fall of 2018. Many of them are cool vintage buttons from the 1960’s. Each unique design of button lives in a plastic tube as seen in the photo below. Some of the tubes have only one button, others have many. The tubes pack horizontally into display cubes so you can see the sample button attached to the top of each one.
There are over 500 plastic tubes of buttons, packed into six display cubes. They are fun to look at, and technically for sale, but no one has bought a single button there. I can think of many ideas for using the buttons in art projects or fiber projects. Or I could try selling them on ETSY, but for now I am busy with other things.
I had fun looking at all the buttons and picking some out that worked with the colors of each hat. It is easy to google for patterns and instructions. I have not crocheted much for a long time, but after watching a couple of YouTube video’s, I was ready to go.
I used a pattern called “Autumn Berry Flower” by Jenny Dickens for the crochet flowers. It is available for free on Ravelry. Check out my first crochet flower in the photo below, with one of the Mary Turak buttons in the center.
Following are photos of Mary Turak store sample hats, with my crochet flowers and buttons added.
The hats are for sale on my ETSY shop, where you can find more photos. Following is the link to my ETSY shop (also found in the menu above). https://www.etsy.com/shop/LakesCountryHandmade