How to Make Fabric-Covered Buttons
Follow along as Myles shows how easy it is to make fabric-covered buttons.
Having trouble finding the perfect button for your project? Why not make fabric-covered buttons? Buttons that can be covered in fabric come in a large range of sizes, and are available as a kit with an accompanying tool. No matter how you buy your coverable buttons, there will always be a template for cutting out your fabric included with the package.
1. Using the template from your coverable button package, trace and then cut out your fabric pieces.
2. Centre your fabric circle over the tool base and use the dome-shaped button piece to push it in.
3. Using your finger or the end of a pencil, push the extra fabric onto the hooks on the back of your button piece.
4. Take your flat button piece (with the ridge side facing your fabric) and place it on top of your cover button. Push this piece in place using the smaller tool piece. Remove the small tool from the back of the button and push your button out of the large tool base.
If your fabric has a specific print such as a polka dot, you may want to consider precisely cutting your pieces in order to centre the pattern on the button the way you would like. In order to make sure the print is where you would like it to be, you can always start to hook the fabric to the back of the dome button piece before putting it into the tool base piece. Once the pattern is sitting the way you would like it to, then push the dome button piece into the tool base and continue to cover your button as normal. If it is not sitting where you would like it to, simply unhook the fabric, cut another sample, and try again.
Tips for working with tricky fabrics:
When working with slippery fabrics, you may find it easier to baste around your fabric piece and then gently pull on the thread tails to help gather your fabric around the dome button piece. Once the fabric is gathered around the dome button piece, put the back button piece on and push it in place (using the smaller tool piece if necessary). Finish by trimming your extra basting thread.
If you are working with a loosely woven fabric, you can add an interfacing to the back of your fabric. This will help to stabilize the weave to prevent it from shifting or separating as you cover (and later use) your button.
Looking to make buttons out of a sheer fabric such as chiffon or lace? Put a second fabric behind the sheer one. It will stabilize it and prevent the colour of the cover button piece from showing through. Cut out your fabric circles and baste around them as you would with a slippery fabric, making sure to baste the two circles together at the same time. Then gently pull on the thread tails to help gather your fabric around the dome button piece. Once the fabric is gathered around the dome button piece, put the back button piece on and push it in place (using the smaller tool piece if necessary). Trim off your extra basting thread once the button is covered.
Congratulations on making your fabric-covered buttons!