Tips for Making Covered Buttons

Duration: 5:09

Making covered buttons is a fun way to make buttons that will perfectly match your next project- ZJ Humbach shows you how.


When making covered buttons you will first need to get a kit for making the button. There are several different brands available and can usually be found at your local fabric or craft stores and even in the craft section of many big box stores. The kits for making covered buttons also come in a variety of sizes which you will want to choose depending on what you intend to use the button for. ZJ shows the brand of kit she has, which similar to the other brands, has a button front that will be covered with fabric and a button back that holds the fabric in place. The kit also comes with a circle template that shows you what size of fabric circle you will need to cut to cover the size of button you have chosen. All fabric button kits make shank buttons as opposed to flat buttons with two or four holes.

Covering the Button

Once you have your circle of fabric cut you can wrap it around the button front. ZJ shows how this is done a little at a time, using the small teeth on the wrong side of the button front to hold the fabric. She explains how the ease of this process can vary depending on the type of fabric you are using. Once the fabric has been folded around the button front the back can be placed on to hold the fabric. ZJ demonstrates this as well as gives tips on how to make getting a smooth edge on the fabric button easier by using a basting stitch and even gives fun ideas on how to personalize and add to your fabric covered button. Check out more tips for unique finishing touches for your projects.

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9 Responses to “Tips for Making Covered Buttons”
  1. Sharon Matthews
    Sharon Matthews

    The finished product looks terrible, use something sharp to push the fabric onto the hooks in the button.

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  2. Melody Lanier
    Melody Lanier

    If your fabric is difficult to work with, try spraying fabric glue to the wrong side of the fabric first so it doesn’t slip around on the button form. Or run a basting stitch around the outer edge of the fabric and pull it up to make fitting it inside easier.

  3. Lisa.C

    I made my daughter’s wedding dress that had 150 half inch buttons. In order to save my sanity, I used a light weight fusible interfacing to prevent the silk from fraying used a runnig stitch around the perimeter of the fabric circles. Pulled tight, the circles wrapped each button and were held securely so that I could push in the back plate.

  4. Garlena

    It is so much easier to run a basting stitch around the edge of the fabric you draw it up a little, put the fabric around the button and draw it up tightly around the button. I am surprised you didn’t to that in the first place instead of mentioning it at the end.

  5. Carolyn Newsome
    Carolyn Newsome

    Anchor the fabric by working small sections in the four compass points: N,S,E, W on the straight of grain. Then work in the bias sections. Small bites at a time! Use a safety pin to tuck the fabric under the teeth. It’s been 50 years, but I still remember the covering buttons down the back of my wedding gown.

  6. Chris Jones
    Chris Jones

    I have made dozens of covered buttons especially tiny ones for bridal wear. I find a quick easy method is always to do running
    stitches round the edge to gather the fabric together, then I lay
    the shank on top with a cotton reel hole centred over the shank. Press firmly on the cotton reel and the button is together and complete. This makes for a nice neat covered button.

    centre a cotton reel over the top with the shank in the hole, push down firmly and it is ready to go – the top and bottom are attached.

  7. Laverne

    I like to sew a tiny running stitch around the outside of the fabric and gather it up to help reduce the bulk of the fabric