The Life of Jennifer Dawn: Fabric Covered Button Tutorial

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Fabric Covered Button Tutorial

Buttons are always a fun item to craft with. What's even more fun? Fabric covered buttons! These adorable buttons can be made using any fabric and lend themselves to a wide variety of uses from sewing projects to cute crafts.

After turning some into push pins for a previous post, it occurred to me that a lot of people may not know how to make fabric covered buttons, so I decided the other day to whip up a short tutorial. Many of you may already know how to make them, but just in case you don't...this tutorial offers a quick, easy way.

How to Make Fabric Covered Buttons

What You'll Need:
  1. Most stores that sell sewing notions will have a button kit for making covered buttons. The kit should come with a pusher (blue piece in the picture), button backs, button shells, and mold (white piece in the picture).  
  2. Cut out a small piece of scrap fabric. One that is just a few inches on each side will work perfectly.
  3. Place the fabric right side down on top of the mold which is similar to a rubber bottle cap. The button shell will then go face down on top of the fabric.  
  4. Push the button shell down into the mold. You want the fabric to fully cover the shell on all sides.  If there is too much excess fabric, you can trim a little off.  
  5. Place the button back into the button shell with the fabric tucked away inside. Make sure that the loop of the button back is facing up.  
  6. Secure the button back into the shell by firmly pushing down on the pusher piece in your kit.  You will hear a small snap when this step is complete.

Simple and easy! There are so many things that you can do with these cute fabric covered buttons. Here are just a few ideas...

Happy Crafting!
*Disclosure: Affiliate links have been included to help you find the perfect materials for making your own fabric covered buttons.


  1. Great tutorial! I've been wanting to try this! Your fabrics are so adorable too!

  2. I am definitely planning on trying this! :)
    Thank you for sharing!

    xoxo, jamie brooke

  3. I had no idea how to do this, so thank you for posting this tutorial!! Would I find this kit at a Michaels or some store like it? Also, were did you get your beautiful fabrics?

    1. You're welcome, Maureen. I'm planning a compilation post full of ideas for using them soon. I got my kit from Hobby Lobby, but any store that sells sewing materials would probably have them. The fabrics were given to me by Felicia from All Things Fee when we did a package pal swap. I will ask her where she got the fabrics.

  4. I always wondered how people could make this! Now, it's clearer and thank you for sharing this tutorial ;)

    I stopped by from a bloghop, I'm a new follower ( GFC)

    have a nice week end ;)

  5. thanks for sharing.

  6. Thank goodness I found this site, I had no idea how to use this effective little device. Thankyou so so so much


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