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Tatty Bears South Australia
Posts: 305

Hi All,
        I was wondering if anyone has used a button joint on a mini bear before?
I found a website:
It's like a thread joint only using a button as if it was a washer, using the buttons on the inside of the limbs. also they mention using safety eyes as joints.
If anyone has used these methods before were they successful? and what would be the largest bear size it would be suitable for??

daria_cher Minimishki
Posts: 36

Hi Sheree,

I've done button joints before, before I knew anything about cotter pins and washers  bear_tongue
The bears I made ranged from about 4" to 10" and the buttons worked quite well! I even used a button with a loop to sew into the bottom of the head on the 10" bear and use it as a sort-of wobble joint.
I guess you could go as large as the largest buttons you can find would permit you.
Unlike a thread joint, though, you cannot stuff and sew up all the limbs before you start to joint. I sewed the buttons on through the opening in the limbs, I don't know if anyone has any other methods? It was incredibly fiddly as I didin't have any strong thread and had to sew back and forth with normal thread, fearing it would break. So my advice is use strong thread! bear_tongue
Also for a nice design feature you could sew the buttons onto the outside of the arms and make them visible, match them in with the style of the bear. I think it always looks very cute bear_wub

Hope this helps!

veen-bears Posts: 2,479

Hi Sheree! well, when I just started making bears I tried buttons instead of disc's. My experience is that buttons inside a limb avoid the limb of being able to move well; there were two double threads inside then.......the stuffing was bothering it and the threads would break.
Next thing I tried was what Daria said: jointing with the button on the outside while using the thread-jointing way. It works (I use dental floss, double). It looks very nice (ofcourse that is a matter of taste...). I used this method only on smaller creations because it is not as strong as the disc's.

Nowadays I use disc's and got used to it. I send you a pic to show the button-outside way.

I realise this is a mohair construction but as I also crochet and knit little animals I know it works!


Greetings! Pink


karenaus Melbourne
Posts: 694

Ah Pink, your elephant looks adorable with the button joints! bear_wub

Fairybear Wagga Wagga
Posts: 341

I second that!! I love the little elli  bear_wub

veen-bears Posts: 2,479

bear_grin Thank you Karenaus and Leanne!

and thank you Peter! bear_flower pink

Beth Anne Beth Anne Bears
New River, AZ
Posts: 73

Hi! Newbie here! I've never used button joints with the buttons inside, but I've done string jointing with buttons added over the joints. I like the look of buttons, but it seems to be an acquired taste.

tazlove Tracy's bears
Posts: 72

my first teddy bear i made was a button joint.
he was made out a old blanket and scraps 
gave it to a friend at the craft fair because she loved it so much.
she named him buttons.
now her boyfriend take it camping with him and send my picture of buttons from all around the uk bear_wub

Michelle Helen Chaska, Minnesota
Posts: 2,895

I think bears with button joints are darling. There are so many beautiful buttons out there that can add so much charm to the final outcome.

Urban Stitch Denver, CO
Posts: 14

Newbie here. I have recently used button joints on a 4 inch bear :-)


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