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Knot Thread Stitch
I’m a sucker for a basic cardigan, and I loved this gray one, but it came with uninteresting snap closures. I had a covered-button kit lying around and some extra gray sweater material, so I thought it would be fun to mimic a button with embroidery knowing that it would end up being a bit uneven and look handmade. I purposely didn’t use a template so I could enhance this effect, but I provide one here for your use. Each button is a different color, but you could make them all match (or vary from light to dark in one color).

There are so many variations and options for this project. You could also make a ring, hairclip, or pushpins. How about using patterned fabric and embroider over part of it? Embellished buttons are so much fun.

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  • Step 1

    Use the pattern provided with your button kit and cut out fabric circles to embroider. I used fabric-marking chalk to mark the button design placement because the pattern allows for a lot of extra material.

  • Step 2

    Depending on your fabric, transfer the template if you so choose. If you use sweater material, you might need to use a permanent marker.

  • Step 3

    Embroider the faux buttons or stitch a design of your choice. Because the circles are so small, I held them in my hand while stitching.

  • How to make a fabric covered button. Fabric Covered Buttons - Step 4
    Step 4

    Make the buttons. Work on a hard, clean, and flat surface. Place your embroidered piece facedown, Make the buttons. Work on a hard, clean, and flat surface. Place your embroidered piece facedown.

  • How to make a fabric covered button. Fabric Covered Buttons - Step 5
    Step 5

    Place the button backing firmly in place over the button front. Insert this button “sandwich” into the rubber guide and firmly push down using your thumb and the plastic presser included in your kit.

  • Step 6

    Stitch the buttons onto your garment, onto a hairclip, or using a pair of pliers, pull the little hoop off the back and glue it onto a ring blank or large pushpin. Once you start making these, you’ll find all kinds of places to put them.

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