Buttons and Zippers


Date: Saturday
Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Available on backorder



Whether buttons are destined to be the shining stars of your project or to blend into the background, whether they’re functional or purely decorative, learn to sew them on properly and securely. Curious about adding a zipper instead? Okay, let’s do it! (There’s not much to it!) In two hours, you’ll make a little button-embellished zippered pouch to keep things in. Make more, and you’ll have a pretty pile of tiny gifts – or of tiny gift holders!


  • All knitting class sessions will take place online via Zoom at the appointed times only, and will not be recorded.
  • A Zoom link will be emailed to each student 24 hours prior to each upcoming class session.
  • The online instruction will consist of two windows: one with Sarah’s smiling face, and one with on-camera close-ups for demonstration purposes. Each student’s smiling face will also be viewable in a window.
  • Each student will be responsible for using Zoom (super easy by clicking on a link) on an electronic device that is large enough for the instructor window and demonstration window to be clearly viewed.
  • No refunds.

We’re looking for a dense, bulky fabric that will support the weight of the buttons, won’t get caught in the zipper, and won’t require a lining. Use something fun from your stash. You are welcome to hold two or more strands together.

Whatever works with the yarn(s) you have chosen.

Other supplies:

  • blunt needle for seaming knitted/crocheted fabric
  •  scissors
  • at least three buttons (sizes can vary)
    • one with four holes
    • one with two holes
    • one with no holes and with a shank on the back
  • 4″ non-separating zipper (Woven Art in East Lansing carries them!)
  • needle for sewing on buttons and zipper
  • at least two colors of thread
    • one to match or to contrast with the buttons or fabric – your choice!
    • one to contrast with both the zipper and the knitted/crocheted fabric

Homework: Knit or crochet a rectangle measuring approximately 6″ x 8″. You want the fabric to be dense so you won’t have to line your little pouch, so something like garter stitch or single crochet or double crochet will work great. Keep the fabric simple, so the buttons and zipper can shine!

Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.