Permanently Attach Your Shirt Buttons Without Needle Or Thread

Technically there are a lot of things more embarrassing than popping a shirt button when you're out, but few things are as annoying. So instead of trying to re-attach it by ducking into a bathroom with an unruly needle and thread, these Tic fasteners provide an instant and permanent solution to the problem.

Invented in Sweden by Karolina Rantfors, Ljubo Mrnjavac and Mats Gabrielsson, the Tic looks like a staple remover, but the claw-like tool actually makes it easy to install plastic fasteners that permanently hold a button in place. You just align its fangs with the button's holes, squeeze it closed so the ends of the plastic rivets connect, and then twist off the applicator. The results are hard to distinguish from thread, and at $US7.50 for a pack of four, it sounds like an affordable alternative to an emergency trip to the tailor.

[Tic via Cool Hunting]


Comments

    These look fantastic! We have to start stocking these!

      Thanks, we're glad you like. To stock them in Austrailia send a short email to us, the address is [email protected] One of the team here in Gothenburg will help you out. Happy Christmas!

    Nice idea, but "emergency trip to the tailor"? You can carry one of those little packs with needles and a card wrapped with different coloured threads in your wallet and fix a button in a couple of minutes. It works for buttons with any hole spacing too, not just this fixed width gadget (though there will be some tolerance due to hole size).

      I'd say that button spacing is pretty standardized. Small medium large, etc. And um, I guessed that before even going to wiki:

      Button sizes

      The size of the button depends on its use. Shirt buttons are generally small, and spaced close together, whereas coat buttons are larger and spaced further apart. Buttons are commonly measured in lignes (also called lines and abbreviated L), with 40 lignes equal to 1 inch. For example, some standard sizes of buttons are 16 lignes (10.16 mm, standard button of men's shirts) and 32 lignes (20.32 mm, typical button on suit jackets).
      The American National Button Society (NBS)[19] has its own button sizing system which divides button sizes into 'small', 'medium' and 'large'.

      Last edited 20/12/12 3:01 pm

    Buttons? In a pinch, I'll use a stapler.

    Looks cool but I don't understand how, and with only cartoon illustrations it makes it hard to justify a blind order. Perhaps throw in a picture of an actual shirt with this method applied.
    Either way, bought some as a late stocking filler. Loving that bonus cash!

      Thanks informedgamer! Great feedback that. There's a wee instruction video via bit.ly/T5brmL and also on our website, ticsweden.com. The end result is neat and clean. People over here in Scandinavia really like it. A series of shirt pictures (with thier buttons fastened with Tic of course) will be availble in the coming weeks. Unitl then have a super nice christmas wherever you are. Its wintery and white here on the Swedish west coast.

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