How to Make and Use a Button Aid

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Many of us MS Patients have fine motor skill issues with our hands and fingers making daily tasks a little more difficult than they should be. One task in particular that used to drive me nuts when my fingers grew limp was buttoning my clothing! I eventually learned this little trick after I no longer needed it but I wanted to go ahead and share it with everyone since it can really reduce a lot of stress! I am going to show you how to make and use a buttoning aid using common household objects so that you can avoid spending $10.00-$20.00 for one like below or that you can have something to use while you wait for your actual button aid in the mail! Click on the picture below to be redirected to the website for purchase or scroll down towards the bottom where I will provide a few more links to some others that I have found online!

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How To Use A Buttoning Aid
 
UPDATE: Remade tip so that it forms a 
loop rather than a hook because the 
hook had a tendency to snag!
See the creation process
bellow the following method! 

Step 1

Insert the tip of you buttoning aid through the whole of your shirt 
where the button must pass through.
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Step 2
Hook the button with the loop of your buttoning aid.
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Step 3
Begin to pull the buttoning aid back through the whole.
The loop at the end should allow you to simply pull your tool 
straight through unlike using a hook!
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Step 4
Pop the button through the whole by pulling your 
buttoning aid all the way through.
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Step 5
Some clothing is a little tighter then other but your button 
should pop through the other end!
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Step 6
That’s it! Enjoy your buttoned up shirt as much as you 
can enjoy a buttoned up shirt!
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Pretty cool huh? Well now let’s look at how to make one at home if you feel like doing so or making a loved one do it for you! It’s easy and takes just a minute or two!
How To Make A Buttoning Aid
(Updated for Loop instead of Hook)
Materials Needed: 
Plastic spoon, large paperclip, tape.
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Step 1
Begin unfolding your paperclip into a straight line.
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Step 2
Bend inhald forming a loop at one end large enough to maybe fit your
index finger into, It needs to be able to fit over a button.
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Step 3
Place your paperclip along the handle of your spoon. 
You don’t want the paper clip’s hook to stick out past the handle of the spoon 
too much or else it will loose it’s durability and bend when you are trying to button 
your shirt. I recommend using the thickest paperclip you can find and maybe place the 
hook a little closer to the spoon’s edge than shown in the below image!
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Step 4
Tightly tape your paperclip to your spoon, you can use any kind of tape
here but I recommend electrical tape (gaffer tape) if you have it as it will grip 
in your hands better. Duct tape would probably work just as well!
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That’s it! Your done!
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This is good if you are just going through some kind of flair up and want something to help you right at this moment and don’t have time to order an actual buttoning aid online. You can find them for decent prices, I have seen one for $5.00 USD but I am not sure how much shipping is or how long it will last. Do a Google search for “Button Aid” or check out a few of the links below! Hope this helps! If you can’t buy one you should at least be able to scrap up some of the above materials to make one yourself, better than nothing!

6 Responses to How to Make and Use a Button Aid

  1. What an ingenious idea Matt! So simple and so cheap and easy to make at home. Well done!

  2. Matt Allen G says:

    Yes! I mean the idea is from an actual tool but I wanted to provide a means of getting this tool if you didn't have the money to buy one online or something! Or if you just wanted something temporary! With the "LOOP" update it works much better! Hopefully someone out there finds this useful!

  3. MS Cherokee says:

    I find it VERY helpful. I have issues with my fingers and hands every day. Some days I actually need my husband to help with buttoning/unbuttoning my jacket. That's great if he's with me all the time, but WTH do I do when I'm at work? Right now, I just go outside without buttoning my jacket which is a tad cold. This is also the reason I've stopped wearing earrings and necklaces. Again, I've had my husband help me put them on but I'm stuck again until he can help me.

  4. Matt Allen G says:

    Yeah I was in the same boat, didn't always have someone around and on top of that, as a newly diagnosed, I didn't always want to ask for help, I was still struggling with acceptance. But now I am over that and next time my hand go out I will be giving this a go!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Matt, you are so cute, I can sense….your "sense" of humour! lol Great idea! You could put that idea on a website called Pinterest, a site where hundreds of people post their creative ideas and skills and they explain how they dit it! (I hope that's the name of it) lol , Mare

  6. Matt Allen G says:

    Haha yeah I have seen that website, maybe Ill think about it, might be good haha!

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