I have a new obsession... BUTTONS. I love how they are used on cards, scrapbook pages and other crafts. Although I always seem to find myself browsing the button aisle at Jo-Anne Fabrics, I don't really have a large button stash. But a few days ago I decided to go back to my sewing roots and make some fabric covered buttons.
Long before scrapbook stores, I couldn't pass by a fabric store without going in to look at all of the beautiful fabrics holding so much possibility. I guess in many ways colourful fabrics and papers are very much the same. So now I've found myself browsing the fabric aisles once again to find something interesting to make into fabric covered buttons. I've found 3 fabrics I like that I've made some buttons from...
I decided to jazz up my mini straw holder with some of that fabric and a button...cute, eh?
BTW...I bought the skinny cocktail straws to use as little sticks for making banners likes this...
So, if I've peaked your interest and you want to make some buttons too...here are the VERY SIMPLE steps to make custom buttons of your own in about 1 minute.
You can buy different size buttons for covering in the notions department. Start with the "button kit" that comes with the template and tools. After that you can just buy the refill button shells and backs (they are aluminum). I have 3 different sizes...1-1/8", 7/8" and 3/4". The two larger sizes are called "Craft Cover Button Kit" which gives you shank backs (to use as buttons) or plain backs (see the larger button pictures with the flat back) which would allow you to glue them on projects. I guess the manufacturer has figured out that buttons are used for so much more than sewing projects! So in the kit the tools that you get are the plastic circle template (in the 7/8" button kit you have to cut the circle template from the packaging) white mold and blue pusher.
Close up of flat back and shank back.
STEP ONE - Use your template to select an area of the fabric you would like to cut out. The center of the plastic template is open to the size of the button front so you can actually position it over a part of the fabric that you would like to center on the button. This patterned fabric was just the perfect size for the larger button, so I really didn't need a template...but you can see the clear template positioned below (second row, second one in).
STEP TWO - Turn your fabric circle face down so that the WRONG side of the fabric is facing up and position your button in the center.
SIDE NOTE- Since my pattern needs to be so precisely centered, I put a touch of double stick adhesive on the button shell to hold it securely once I position it on the fabric. But this wouldn't be necessary if it was a random pattern.
STEP THREE - Place fabric and button shell on top of the white mold and press it in.
The fabric will fold up and around the button shell, but you should tuck it more in around the back before adding the back.
STEP FOUR - Add the flat back or the back with the shank (depending on your kit)...here I'm using a back with a shank to create a button that could be sewn on or I could just snip off the shank if I wanted to glue it on a project.
STEP FIVE - Use the blue pusher to securely push the back into the shell and it will fit in securely and Voilà!...you are done...
And, because I used a little double stick adhesive, the fabric stayed pretty much centered on that button keeping the design in the center.
Now doesn't that make you want to create your own wonderfully unique buttons!? Lots of fun and oh so easy.
And...you can always jazz them up a touch with a gem...