Tired of boring (and expensive) buttons you find at your local shop? Learn how to make fabric covered buttons with this step-by-step tutorial. Did you know there are two different types of kits? Here are two ways how to make buttons from fabric to make a garment special.
In one type of kit the top has ‘teeth’ on the back to help catch the fabric and hold it while you add the back.
The other type of self-covered button kit has a ‘holder’ that you place your fabric and the button front into before you put on the button back that holds the fabric taut.
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I use them both. I find the covered button kit with the button front holder is easier for lighter weight fabrics as it holds the fabric taut while you put on the back. The buttons with the teeth are easier for heavier weight fabric that sometimes is difficult to fit into the button holder along with the button front.
There are so many ideas for covered buttons. Not only are they terrific on garments you make, you can dress up a ready-to-wear item by making custom buttons. Lorraine Torrence wrote this thorough article with a lot of great ideas for making covered buttons. They are a signature of her wearable art items.
Make custom buttons for your upholstery project, or use them on handmade pillows! Once you start making your own buttons, you’ll be having custom buttons for all of your projects!
What are cloth covered buttons called?
“Self-covered buttons” use the same fabric as the garment. “Fabric covered buttons” use a contrasting fabric.
Browse through more button ideas and projects on Create Whimsy.