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a personalised badge reel - make it to make your Sandi ID wallet
Some of you will already be familiar with using self cover buttons and they are pretty straight foward to make using the provided tool. However not all self cover buttons will come with the tool, or if like me you have a tendency to loose such things then the second method I will show you for self cover buttons will come in handy.

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  • How to make a pin badge. Self Cover Button Badge Reel - Step 1
    Step 1

    What you will need

    round shape badge reel with clip at the back

    self cover button - size 60, 1.5" (38mm) diameter

    Fabric of your choice - enough for a 2.5" (65mm) diameter circle

  • How to make a pin badge. Self Cover Button Badge Reel - Step 2
    Step 2

    What you will need to

    Select the image from your fabric you would like to feature on your badge reel. I was eyeballing the princess to the left of my button.

  • How to make a pin badge. Self Cover Button Badge Reel - Step 3
    Step 3

    I couldn't find my plastic template of different sized circles I own, or a suitable jar size to trace around, so I guesstimated the fabric needed. Hence, the uneven circle.
    You will actually need a circle around 2.5" (65mm) diameter).
    Remember to centre this circle around the fabric image you wanted to be on the badge reel.

  • How to make a pin badge. Self Cover Button Badge Reel - Step 4
    Step 4

    Once your fabric is cut it should look like this. Except your button should be concave (round) side down

  • How to make a pin badge. Self Cover Button Badge Reel - Step 5
    Step 5

    Method 1: Covering a self cover button - using the provided tool

    Place the fabric good side down into the white tool, you need to push it in to get a good seal around the fabric (the shell of the button should be facing upwards).

  • How to make a pin badge. Self Cover Button Badge Reel - Step 6
    Step 6

    Place the button backing over the shell of the button, making sure to capture and seal all the excess fabric underneath it.
    If you are unsure which side of the button is up (if you have a flat back button as shown) just flip both sides in and see which fits better.

  • How to make a pin badge. Self Cover Button Badge Reel - Step 7
    Step 7

    Grab the blue part of the tool and place it over the flat button back, push firmly around the rim of the blue tool.

  • How to make a pin badge. Self Cover Button Badge Reel - Step 8
    Step 8

    Have a peek under the blue tool and if everything is sitting nice and equal pop the button out of the white part of the tool. If not keep pressing - probably just use your fingers - it's easier.

  • How to make a pin badge. Self Cover Button Badge Reel - Step 9
    Step 9

    Method 2: Covering a self cover button - using the provided tool

    What you will need
    fabric
    needle & thread
    self cover button
    (I found a suitable lid for my circle template!)

  • How to make a pin badge. Self Cover Button Badge Reel - Step 10
    Step 10

    What you will need to do
    Grab your fabric and cut a circle 2.5" (65mm) diameter for a 1.5" (38mm)

  • How to make a pin badge. Self Cover Button Badge Reel - Step 11
    Step 11

    Using your needle and thread do a running stitch all around the fabric circle

  • How to make a pin badge. Self Cover Button Badge Reel - Step 12
    Step 12

    Pop the top part of the button inside the fabric and pull the thread.

  • How to make a pin badge. Self Cover Button Badge Reel - Step 13
    Step 13

    Grab the flat back component of your button and pop it over the the pulled fabric. Push the flat back firmly into the top part of the button.

  • How to make a pin badge. Self Cover Button Badge Reel - Step 14
    Step 14

    Tah-dah - covered buttons method 2 successfully complete

  • How to make a pin badge. Self Cover Button Badge Reel - Step 15
    Step 15

    Grab the badge reel and your super glue.
    The centre of the badge reel is a bit lower than the rim so the back of the button won't really come in contact with it, so don't waste any glue there.
    Run a thin layer of glue around the outer circle of the badge reel.
    Pop you button on top of it and press firmly to secure it to the badge reel.
    Let the glue dry for the recommended amount of time outlined by the glue package's instructions.

  • Step 16

    Now you have a matching badge reel for you Sandi ID wallet or you can have a matching wallet for your badge reel if you go and make one now.

  • How to make a pin badge. Self Cover Button Badge Reel - Step 17
    Step 17

    Just a note on attaching the Sandi ID wallet, or anything to the badge reel - you need to hook the wallet onto the little metal triangle that connects your badge reel to the clear plastic tag to secure it. I personally like to keep the clear plastic hang tag just in case I have any other bits and bobs to attach but feel free to snip it off.

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Shirls
Shirls · Orlando, Florida, US · 23 projects
Where can you get these badge reels?
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