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Pretty Easy
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U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US
2008
Fabric Covered Buttons
fabric covered buttons (no kits)!

This is a super easy and inexpensive project. It is excelent to use those ugly loose buttons and scraps of fabric.
You will end up with nice buttons ready to use for your crafts and sewing projects, and the best part is that you won't have to be looking for those expensive kits to cover buttons.



Instructions

  • How to make a fabric covered button. Fabric Covered Buttons - Step 1
    Step 1

    Materials:
    1. Scrap of fabric (enough to cover the button that you will be using)
    2. A button with a shank. (Button with a loop on the back. No holes)
    3. Scisors
    4. Embroidery thread (just 3 ends)
    5. Fine needle
    6. Ruler
    7. Ball point pen

  • How to make a fabric covered button. Fabric Covered Buttons - Step 2
    Step 2

    With the ruler measure the distance between the shank and the edge of the button.

  • How to make a fabric covered button. Fabric Covered Buttons - Step 3
    Step 3

    With the pen and from the edge of the button, mark onto the fabric the distance that you obtained from measuring the inside of the button.

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

    With the button on the fabric and upside down trace around the button the circumference of the piece of fabric needed to cover the button. Put the button aside and cut the circle.

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

    With the needle and the embroidery thread, stitch a running stitch along the edge of the fabric circle. Make sure to leave a tail of thread long enough to make a couple knots.

  • How to make a fabric covered button. Fabric Covered Buttons - Step 6
    Step 6

    Place the button up side down right in the middle of the stitched round piece of fabric.

  • How to make a fabric covered button. Fabric Covered Buttons - Step 7
    Step 7

    Pull both ends of thread until the fabric snuggles the button.

  • How to make a fabric covered button. Fabric Covered Buttons - Step 8
    Step 8

    Make a couple knots making sure the fabric is tight around the shank of the button.

  • How to make a fabric covered button. Fabric Covered Buttons - Step 9
    Step 9

    It should look like this.

  • How to make a fabric covered button. Fabric Covered Buttons - Step 10
    Step 10

    There should not be any fabric or thread blocking the button's shank so you can sew your button to your projects.

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Comments

Penny F.
Penny F. · North Bay, Ontario, CA · 19 projects
I can see doing this idea even with the ones that don't have the shank for Scrapbook and cards... the ones that are not indented probably would work for that idea!
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dominique r.
dominique r. · Ypsilanti, Michigan, US · 78 projects
super cool, thanks. i'm going to make a ton of these for my swap partner and pals
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A Moms Choice
A Moms Choice · Champaign, Illinois, US
Thanks soooo much for posting.
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Danielle  F.
Danielle F. · 3 projects
Thank you! I had given up on making fabric covered buttons.
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Cupcake girl
Cupcake girl · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 28 projects
Love it! That is so awesome and creative! Thanks for sharing!
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Surf jewels
Surf jewels · Southend-on-Sea, England, GB · 11 projects
cute, another thing 2 try, this site is great
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Lilla
Lilla · Budapest, Budapest, HU · 8 projects
this is so cool, i'll try it! thanks! Happy
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New England Quilter
New England Quilter · New Hampshire, New Hampshire, US
Wonderful and easy to follow instructions! I quilt and always have a ton of extra strips of fabric that I am not sure what to do with. I'll have to try this out - looks like fun!
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athenamat
athenamat · New York, New York, US · 19 projects
This is so clever! I am always annoyed to buy those kits but I would love fabric covered buttons for projects. In a swap someone gave me fabric covered buttons tied to hair bands and they look SO cute in my hair.
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Laura H.
Laura H. · Portland, Oregon, US
nice! is thaere any reason you use embroidery floss instead of regular thread?
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