Fabric Covered Buttons (A Tutorial)

 

Fabric Covered Buttons DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I love fabric covered buttons. There are so many unique uses for them as you’ll see in our project roundup at the bottom of this tutorial.

To make the buttons you’ll need a metal button kit which comes in many sizes and can be found in most sewing stores:

 

Fabric Covered Buttons DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Optional Step: Personally, I like to paint my buttons with an acid free primer first so that the metal doesn’t reflect light from under the fabric once they are made:

 

Fabric Covered Buttons DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 1: Cut a fabric circle slightly bigger than the button you are making:

 

Fabric Covered Buttons DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 2: Carefully push the fabric around the edges of the button and under the metal prongs that will keep the fabric in place:

 

Fabric Covered Buttons DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

You can use a point from a seam ripper to carefully grab stubborn, small areas and force them under the prongs:

 

Fabric Covered Buttons DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Continue until all the fabric has been pushed under the prongs.

 

Fabric Covered Buttons DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 3: Place the metal backing onto the back of the button……

 

Fabric Covered Buttons DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

…..and use a spool of thread to push it down into place:

 

Fabric Covered Buttons DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

A finished button!  I love using novelty fabric such as the folk art print below:

 

Fabric Covered Buttons DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Just a few button crafts we found around the web!

Fabric Covered Buttons DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com1. Button Hair Clips from Better Homes & Garden

2. Button Wreath from CountryHome

3. Fabric Button Earrings from Sada Lewis

4. Fabric Button Necklaces from Very Purple Person

5. Fabric Button Brooches from Sania Pell

6. Button Necklace from FiskarsCrafts

7. Pointed Flower Tutorial from Creation Corner

8. Covered Button Ties from Martha Stewart

9. Covered Button Blossoms from Martha Stewart

10. Covered Button Bookmarks from My Three Sons

 

 

 

 

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  1. 1
    RobyGiup says:

    I love these kind of buttons! :D

  2. 2
    Jen Spilker says:

    I have always associated fabric-covered buttons with my mom’s style from the 80′s. Guess that’s changing because I think yours are CUTE!

  3. 3
    kelly says:

    I love to make the button hair ties for my daughter. I love that you solved the shiny background problem! Thank you for sharing.

  4. 4
    Kaitlyn says:

    Just made my neices and s-i-l’s button necklaces. Great roadtrip project. You should do a roadtrip series of craft projects for the car. :)

  5. 5
    Maggie says:

    ♥ ¡Gracias por ser una más de las que comparte Tutoriales! ♥

    ♥ ¡Muchas Gracias! Bendiciones!

  6. 6
    Sarah H. says:

    I forgot to say that they have buttons with the traditional backs as well as flat backed ones that are awesome for bookmarks, magnets, bobby pins and such….you don’t have to worry about trying to yank the loop out to make them “flat” yourself!