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6/06/2009

MOP Buttons....a quick tip!


MOP Buttons? Of course I mean "Mother of Pearl".

And I just love the look of them on shirts and blouses!

Unfortunately, unless you buy the thin decorative ones (usually found in a bulk bag near the regular buttons), they can be really expensive.

And the thin decorative ones usually don't survive the washer and dryer.

Here's a quick way to strengthen these thin but beautiful decorative buttons :


Using a liquid glue made to attach embellishments to fabric, coat the back side of the button, being careful to avoid filling in the holes. The glue will look "milky" when wet.



Let the glue-coated buttons dry overnight, or until the glue is clear and hard. Now your lovely Mother-of-Pearl buttons are ready to use...and will be able to survive the washing machine !

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16 Comments:

Blogger meredithp said...

Neat. Thanks for the great tip!

2:35 PM  
Blogger Gorgeous Things said...

Brilliant! I have to try this when I make my next blouse.

2:40 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Thanks for posting this technique for strengthening the MOP buttons. I love those button too.

3:00 PM  
Blogger Nancy (nanflan) said...

What a great hint! I have to try this.

4:13 PM  
Blogger Karla said...

What a great idea.

4:32 PM  
Blogger Nancy K said...

What a great tip!

6:37 PM  
Blogger gwensews said...

Wow--thank you!

6:49 PM  
Blogger j.kaori said...

Thank you for sharing the tip. I love MOP buttons as well, so this is a great way to extend their use.

9:43 AM  
Blogger Gigi said...

What a great idea!

6:36 AM  
Blogger casserole said...

Great tip!! I posted a link on Craft Gossip Sewing:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tip-strengthen-mother-of-pearl-buttons/2009/06/08/
--Anne

9:56 AM  
Blogger Summerset said...

Thanks - what a great tip!

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've also heard that a good top coat nail polish works well. Is there any truth to that?

4:44 PM  
Blogger Pam~Off The Cuff ~ said...

I have no idea if nail-polish would work, as I've never tried it.

4:47 PM  
Anonymous phyllis said...

That’s a great tip Pam, and timely for me because I was worried about washing the vintage MOP pearl I used on the gardening tunic I just made. I’ll give this a try!

11:18 AM  
Blogger Bunny said...

Brilliant! I am off to buy a bag of the cheapos!

8:03 AM  
Blogger Meg in NC said...

Thanks for the great tip! I spent $5 on 65 buttons and glue, and have glue left over for the next time.c

1:35 PM  

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