I wanted to show you all an awesome little tute to make fabric covered buttons. They're ridiculously fun to make and SOOOO easy! You can use them on clothes, you can attach them to bracelets or bobby pins, the possibilities are endless!Supplies:
Button blanks. You can get these easily at most craft stores or online.
Assembly tool. Many times when you buy the button blanks they also come with these little pieces. This is what you'll use to put the buttons together.
Scissors and fabric scraps. Make sure the fabric isn't too thick or else the button won't snap together!
(I'm using pinking shears because my scissors are out being sharpened.)Steps:
1. Cut your fabric scrap. You'll want a circle that's about twice the diameter of your button blank. You can buy a cutting tool or measure it out or just wing it like I did.
This is just placed this way to make sure it's a good size. We'll have to move it in a second!
2. Put your fabric piece in the larger assembly tool piece. Put the fabric RIGHT SIDE DOWN. When you look into the tool you want to see the back of the fabric.
3. Place the button front (the domed piece) on top of the fabric. Leave the edges hanging out.
4. Squish your edges down into the tool.
5. Place the button back on top of your fabric and button front
6. Take the smaller piece of the assembly tool and with the open side down place it on the button back.
7. Press down. You may hear a pop when the last bit of the button back slips into place. If you take the tool out and the button is not all the way secured, just put it back in and press down again.
8. When you take the small assembly tool piece off, your button should look like this. The fabric edges are now secured underneath the button back.
9. Remove the button from the larger assembly tool piece.
Those are lots of steps listed up there but really, they are very easy and go very, very quickly! You can easily cover a button in 30 seconds if you have all the supplies in front of you.
Besides regular buttons, you can use a fabric button base to make all kinds of awesome stuff! If you know you would rather make other things instead of buttons you can buy blank backs without the shank. If you only have shanked backs, just follow the directions below.
You'll needle nose pliers and/or wire cutters. (Mine are actually wire strippers but there's a cutting section toward the middle there.) Basically you're going to remove the metal shank. I tried to find a simple way to do this so I could show you with pictures, but really, you'll just need to fiddle with it for a while. If you have needle nose pliers, you can bend the the ends of the shank so they can slide back through the holes. If you have wire cutters you can just cut the shank and take out the leftover ends.
The left is what you started with, the right is what you have now.
Now put the button together the same way you did before, only with the new shankless back. Remember, for the back the edge of the metal points up toward you.
Once you're done you can use industrial glue or hot glue to attach any number of things! I made:
I just glued a little metal fob I had onto the top of this one!
and a thumb tack!
But really the possibilities are endless!