How to Make Button Joints

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Stuffed toys with moveable arms and legs are popular with children and doll collectors alike. There are many types of doll joints available on the market today, but a button joint can be made with things you probably have in your sewing box. The button joint has been used by home crafters for decades; it lends charm and a reminder of by-gone days to modern toys.

Things You'll Need

  • Stuffed doll body
  • Stuffed arms and legs
  • 4 buttons about 2/3 the size of the arms and legs
  • Washable fabric marking pen or tailor’s chalk
  • 5-inch doll maker’s needle
  • Button hole thread or upholstery thread
  • Thread the needle onto about 5 feet of thread and slide it to the center.

  • Mark the body on each side where the arms and legs will be attached. Mark the arms and legs where they will attach to the body.

  • Pass the needle through the body at the marks for the arms, leaving a 4-inch tail.

  • Pass the needle through an arm and a button. Pass back through the other hole of the button, through the arm and body, through the other arm and pick up another button. Hold the tail of the thread to keep it from pulling through, and pull the thread going through the doll parts taut.

  • Pass through the other hole of the second button and back through arm, body, arm, button. Make two more complete passes, pulling the thread taut after each pass. Pass through a button and an arm and tie a knot in thread with the tail you left on the first pass. Trim the threads. Repeat the process to attach the legs.

Tips & Warnings

  • The limbs must be attached tightly to remain in position when they are posed.

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