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How to make DIY Covered Buttons

Updated: Feb 13, 2020

With a little practice making your own unique covered buttons, is very easy. Once you have mastered the technique, the worlds is your oyster!

Covered buttons make a welcome gift and it’s easy to attach them to some card and sewers and non-sewers alike will be delighted with the thoughtful present. Non sewers will be able to use them to replace, boring buttons, and give their shop bought item a new lease of life.

Covered buttons can lift a simple garment, using a little of some special leftover fabric, covered buttons can become the detail on a simple plain dress or top. If you have used a bold statement print to make an item, it can be difficult to find a button to match, using a little of the main fabric covered buttons don't detract from the print, and if you wanted to could pattern match, and the button would be invisible.

You could hand embroider small pieces of fabric then use that fabric for a personal and very special button. Children would love buttons with their favourite cartoon characters or animal on. I have used covered buttons below to match the piping on the pyjama top.



Buttons designed for covering available from most Haberdashery Shops I got mine here

Small scraps of fabric

Hand sewing needle and thread.

Tape measure or a ruler

Scraps of paper


​​1. You will need to make a paper template for cutting the fabric, my button measured 1.5cm and my template measured 3.5cm, that the ratio you will need to work with.

2. Cut out a 3.5cm template in paper. Use the template to cut out the correct number of disc you will need to cover your buttons for your project .


3. As show above, using a hand sewing needle and single strand of thread stitch a simple running stitch around the outside of the fabric as shown.


4. Place the button in the middle of the circle of fabric and draw the stitch's together as tightly as possible. Check that you haven't "pleated" any of the fabric around the outside of the button, use your nails to "tuck" and hold the fabric, catching the fabric to the metal teeth.


5. Slide the back of the button into place, press firmly. you should hear a click, make sure you have covered the gathered fabric at the back of the button and check that the button is smooth on the RS.

Your done !! Yes its that simple

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