Tips for Making Covered Buttons

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

Preparation

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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3 Responses to “Tips for Making Covered Buttons”
  1. 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

    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.

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