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« on: June 28, 2009 01:10:03 PM »

So I absolutely love making these “covered button magnets”.  They are quick to make, super easy, and not too expensive!

Supplies needed:

Button to cover kit—available in most fabric stores or online
  I like using size 45 (1 1/8” diameter) and size 60 (1.5” in diameter)
  I’m using size 60 in this demonstration.
Small magnets—available in most craft stores or online
Strong glue—I use E6000
Needle nosed pliers
Fabric scraps
Various trims/ribbons
Dryer sheets

Step 1:

Using the pliers, remove the shank from the back of the button.

Step 2:
Place the trims across the mold and position the fabric over the trim so that your design is centered over the mold.
Optional:  add a layer of dryer sheet on top of the fabric.  This helps to reduce the likelihood of the button “showing through” the fabric.

Step 3:
Center the button “top” on the mold, over the layers of trim and fabric/dryer sheet, and push it down into the mold using your fingers.

Step 4:
Trim away the excess fabric/trim and tuck the ends down into the button top.

Step 5:
Place the button “back” over the tucked in fabric and push down using your fingers, pliers, or the plunger provided with your button kit—you should hear it click in place.  Pop out your button and you are nearly finished!

Step 6:
Add a small drop of glue to the center of the back of the button and top with a small strong magnet.  Allow to dry overnight.  Now find the perfect place for your new magnet!

HINT:  I tend to make several of these at a time.  It is BEST to arrange them so that there is ample room between each while they are drying.  If you are using super strong magnets and arrange them too close, you may experience what happened to me.  I accidentally shoved one a bit and the next thing I knew I had a bunch of magnets with wet glue all stuck together. It was a huge mess and it wasn’t easy getting them apart, plus glue was EVERYWHERE!  So please learn from my mistake.
Have fun with these!  I do…

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« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2009 02:09:01 PM »

These are so cute.  I love making these too.  I have done the same thing with my magnets so many times you think I would learn!   Great tute!
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2009 04:41:59 PM »

Wow, i never thought of doing that with my covered button thing. you've got the same kit. I normally plier off the button back thing, and hot glue on a badge backing and use them as badges  Grin
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2009 02:18:57 PM »

cool tute thanks! and really good tip about leaving space between them while drying. thats sooooo something i would do.
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« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2009 08:28:06 PM »

super cute idea! thanks for the tut!

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« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2009 06:30:08 AM »

 Thanks for a great idea! As a tip, I always use a drop of tacky glue inside the button to hold it together, between the fabric and the back. The dryer sheets is an idea I never heard of, Thanks!

« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2009 12:00:03 AM »

Cute idea! I never thought of using buttons as magnets- it seems so obvious now;)

I give myself very good advice, but I very seldom follow it.
« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2009 05:15:46 PM »

Nice job, Suzanne. Smiley

These look like fun to make, and good tip about the magnets, lol

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