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Simple necklace with fabric-covered button for pendant. Fabric-covered buttons kit needed.
I always love colourful and big necklaces. So I got an idea of a simple necklace with big fabric-covered button as the pendant. It’s not a new idea actually, there’s already a lot of button accessories everywhere, but I love making them. I think it’s a good way of using fabric scraps that are too pretty to throw away.

The pendants are made with Japanese kimono fabrics, the colours are so vibrant and they have some kind of coated sheen over it. I use vintage necklaces for the chain. The necklaces are pretty short, so I use two necklaces and connect them together.

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  • How to make a button necklace. Fabric Covered Button Necklace - Step 1
    Step 1

    Supplies:

    - fabric-covered buttons kit.
    - scrap of fabric for front of pendant.
    - scrap of fabric for back of pendant.
    - fabric scissors and fabric marker.
    - modpodge or its alternative. I use ‘Decoupeur’s Aqua Podge’ from Japan. You can also use thinned down PVA glue.
    - small brush to use with the podge.
    - silicone glue, i.e: E600. I use a Japanese brand.
    - pendant bail, jump rings, chain.
    - pliers.

  • How to make a button necklace. Fabric Covered Button Necklace - Step 2
    Step 2

    There are several types of fabric-covered buttons. The one on the left is more expensive than the one on the right. I use the one on the right because the button shank can be removed.

  • How to make a button necklace. Fabric Covered Button Necklace - Step 3
    Step 3

    The kit comes with a template. Cut the template and use it to cut the scrap fabric for the front of pendant. For the back of pendant, use the button as the template.

  • How to make a button necklace. Fabric Covered Button Necklace - Step 4
    Step 4

    Place fabric on the kit and place button over it.

  • How to make a button necklace. Fabric Covered Button Necklace - Step 5
    Step 5

    Push the button all the way down. Arrange the fold of fabrics around the button, making sure that there’s no overlapping folds.

  • How to make a button necklace. Fabric Covered Button Necklace - Step 6
    Step 6

    Place the back of button and put the pusher over it. Push until the back of button clicks into place.

  • How to make a button necklace. Fabric Covered Button Necklace - Step 7
    Step 7

    A fabric-covered button!

  • How to make a button necklace. Fabric Covered Button Necklace - Step 8
    Step 8

    Use a plier to pull the button shank.

  • How to make a button necklace. Fabric Covered Button Necklace - Step 9
    Step 9

    Using a small brush, cover the back of button with podge.

  • How to make a button necklace. Fabric Covered Button Necklace - Step 10
    Step 10

    Put back fabric on the button and smooth over it. Leave to dry around an hour.

  • How to make a button necklace. Fabric Covered Button Necklace - Step 11
    Step 11

    When it is dry, use the brush again to coat the fabric with podge. Don’t forget the edge of button where the fabric frays. The podge will dry clear.

  • How to make a button necklace. Fabric Covered Button Necklace - Step 12
    Step 12

    There are many types of bail. I like these kind of bail tag, but since the back of button is not flat, I have to bend the bail a bit until it fits.

  • How to make a button necklace. Fabric Covered Button Necklace - Step 13
    Step 13

    I use this plier to bend the bail.

  • How to make a button necklace. Fabric Covered Button Necklace - Step 14
    Step 14

    Place a small bit of silicone glue on the bail.

  • How to make a button necklace. Fabric Covered Button Necklace - Step 15
    Step 15

    Place the bail on the back of button, paying attention to the direction of your fabric pattern (if there’s any). Silicone glue is fast-drying and it will dry clear. Leave it to dry for several hours.

  • How to make a button necklace. Fabric Covered Button Necklace - Step 16
    Step 16

    Put jump pring on the bail.

  • How to make a button necklace. Fabric Covered Button Necklace - Step 17
    Step 17

    And a chain over the ring. I use chains from vintage necklaces. They are short, so I use two necklaces and put them together. You can also put clasp on the chain if you like.

  • How to make a button necklace. Fabric Covered Button Necklace - Step 18
    Step 18

    A necklace!

  • How to make a button necklace. Fabric Covered Button Necklace - Step 19
    Step 19

    Now make more!

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Blue Teapot
Blue Teapot · Clonmel, Tipperary, IE
These are so lovely Happy
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Dreamyyy
Dreamyyy · 2 projects
Really pretty <3 im ganna make one now ^^
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Carol S.
Carol S. · Indian Head, Maryland, US · 133 projects
Very cute and versatile!
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Jet H.
Jet H. · Haarlem, North Holland, NL · 108 projects
awesome, and cool idea, love it.
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RADGina
RADGina · 2 projects
soo cute <3
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Alyssa O.
Alyssa O. · 14 projects
Awesome!
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