Fabric covered buttons are one of the best kept secrets among sewers — they look so polished and add a nice finishing touch to anything, yet they are SO easy to make! Be warned, you may get addicted to these little guys!
You can pick up a button covering kit from any fabric or craft store. The kit will have button fronts and backs, a button covering gadget (for lack of a better name!) and the back of the kit will have a chart showing you how much fabric you’ll need for the size of button you are covering.
There are four simple steps for covering a button:
- Place your fabric (right-side down) and the button front on top of the donut-shaped piece
- Push the fabric and button front straight down in to the hole
- Move all of the excess fabric into the centre of the button and place the button back on top of the excess fabric so none is poking out
- Push down on the whole thing until you feel the button back snap in to place
Voila! A lovely little button!
You can use these buttons to add some umph to so many projects. For example, check out this zippered pouch that was spruced up with a couple of buttons:
This is a great way to use up leftover bits of fabric, or to incorporate bolder fabrics into your project. Make a few buttons today!