I know I made a mother’s day gift in school from paperclips and adhesive woodgrain shelf paper. It was a paperclip chain necklace. Each paperclip was wrapped in shelf paper, making a flat wood grain bead. Who knew I would use that technique again? I don’t think I would have remembered this except that I saw the necklace in my mom’s drawer many years later. One thing I have learned as I continue slowly decluttering is that it is a good thing to discard gifts that no longer spark joy. Its function was to convey joy at the time of giving. If it is now languishing somewhere in a dark corner, it’s good to let the thing go. If it sparks joy, keep it.
Back to the temporary button. Until I get one made by one of my people who hang out in the garage, or just buy one at the store, I made a this paperclip button just to try out the idea from a pattern called the fear of commitment cowl. By accident, I found out that it can survive the washing machine, at least once.
You arrange your scarf and then thread the paperclip part through both layers of scarf to the back to hold the scarf in place. You have a button, but it’s completely moveable. No need to commit to a fixed button placement.