Tuesday, 6 November 2012

How to make Fabric Covered Buttons

Fabric covered buttons are fun to make and are a great way to use up your fabric scraps! They also make a fun gift for the people in your life who sew, scrapbook and craft! If you don't have time to make them yourself I have a selection available over at my Etsy store!

You will need:
-fabric scraps
-metal buttons, uncovered
-button holder and presser kit
-a pen

You can buy button kits at Start to Finish's Etsy store. They ship internationally too!

For 22mm (0.86") diameter buttons cut a round template measuring 45mm (1.77"). For an 18mm (0.70") diameter button cut a 40mm (1.57") template.

Step 1: Draw around your template onto the wrong side of your fabric. You can use any type of pen or pencil as this won't be seen.

Step 2: Cut out your circle

Step 3: Place your fabric right side down on top of the button holder (The clear cup looking one!)

Step 4: Place the button cover (the curved metal piece) curve side down in the center of the fabric above the button holder.

Step 5: Using the button presser (the red one) push the button cover and fabric inside the button holder

Step 6: Turn the button holder over and ensure your fabric is aligned the way you want. If not, pull it out and repeat steps 3 to 5 until the alignment is correct

Step 7: Tuck in all the edges.

Step 8: Place the button back, shank side up inside the button holder. Note: If these are for scrapbooking you may wish to remove the shank with a pair of pliers.

Step 9: Take the presser, center it over the shank and with your thumb push down until the shank is firmly lodged inside the button cover.

Step 10: Gently push the button out of the holder. You now have a finished button!

Extra: You can also embellish your buttons with lace by following the same steps but before step number 3 lay a small piece of lace, ribbon, etc. the same length as the diameter of your fabric across the button holder.

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Following the launch of my Totoro hand stamped fabric I've decided to add a few more sewing supplies to my range! Check them out at my Etsy store!
Little Red Ridinghood. Mint Green Rockabilly. Navy Blue and Gold. Brown and polkadots. Blue and Pink Floral.