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Topic: Plain buttons to funky fabric buttons!  (Read 1246 times)
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« on: October 12, 2009 08:00:12 AM »

I bought this coat at the weekend from the charity shop (thrift store for those in the USA!). It cost 6, and is from an expensive ladies' clothes shop called Oasis.  When I got it home I discovered the seam had come undone under one sleeve/armpit. I carefully hand sewed it up, and I loathe hand sewing, so that was something!

I then decided the buttons weren't too my taste- a pale yellowy gold plastic.  I cut out a circle in one of my favourite Ikea fabrics, a smaller circle of wadding, sewed around the edge with a running stitch, pulled the thread tight around the button and sewed it together. I then realised that due to the padding it wouldn't fit through the buttonhole, so I carefully snipped 1mm into the buttonholes.

I have only covered one button and stopped to post on Craftster, as I usually forget to take photos when I make anything. The fabric got bunched up when buttoning the coat, so I think I might do the rest with thin elastic running through, to see if that makes any difference- tips are welcome.

Oops- I thought I took a photo of the coat before I took all the buttons off, but apparently not! It's a pea green faux double-breasted coat in a wool-style polyester mix, with lapels and a belt. I commented on someone's craft room on here in pea green and I'm just loving the colour lately so when I saw it I had to buy it. Wool gives me a rash and this coat has a funnel neck so I'm glad it's not wool :-)

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The original button- I think it was too plain!

The finished button!

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« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2009 12:19:48 PM »

What a great idea.  I haven't seen fabric buttons made with this type of button.  I thought you needed all sorts of caps and bottoms and things.  Turned out great.  Thank you for the picture tutorial.
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2009 04:22:21 PM »

Thank you so much for posting. I love fabric buttons! haha!
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2009 07:57:14 AM »

I haven't finished the rest yet...! They're a tight fit in the buttonhole, and even then that's after I made a little snip in it. Perhaps less padding would help.

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