Do you ever have one of those Ah Ha moments? After sewing around 2 1/2 years now, and forever lamenting at my local sewing shop about the terrible lack of nice colorful buttons, I was standing near the till waiting for pay when I spotted just what I needed!
Ta dah – make your own fabric covered buttons. At last! I was working on a couple of wallets that needed a matching button and my eureka moment hit. I felt such a dunce for not thinking of it before. But would they be any good? Time to give it a try.
How to make fabric covered buttons
Here is the pack I bought. There are 4 buttons in the pack 7/8th of an inch across, plus ‘tools'. You can get these in all sorts of sizes of button and pack sizes, as well as refill packs that don't contain the tools – here are a selection. You can also get really big refill packs on Amazon for a very cheap price so if you want to make lots of buttons, for perhaps a home decor project, this is the way to go. (Alternative links for UK readers.)
On the back of the pack is a template to cut out and use to cut the fabric. Doesn't have to be exact, a rough circle is all that is needed and the template guides you to cut the right size for the button.
There are instructions on the back of the packet, but even without them, it wouldn't be hard to figure out. The fabric goes on the little rubber mold first, with the right side facing down.
Then place the button front on top and take a few seconds to center it as best you can if you have a small design you want to try to center on the button.
Push the button top down inside the mold and the fabric naturally pulls tight and gathers around the back of the button.
Make sure the gathers are all pressed in towards the center and then place the button back on the top.
Use the little ‘pusher' to snap the back of the button down into place and the button is complete.
I couldn't resist making a few more!
Now I know how useful these are, and I can get a button in any design, color, style, fabric, and size I need, I'll be ordering a batch to keep so my projects will all be fully co-ordinated in future.
Certainly makes me realize sometimes just how little I have still scratched the surface when it comes to sewing and the tools that are available. I'll probably feature a few more simple tooltips again in future.