How to Make Fabric Covered Buttons
1. Fabric scrap
2. Ric rac or soft lace or ribbon
1. Button maker of your preferred size, mine is 1″
3. Tacky glue or craft glue
4. Pencil or compass (to draw circle on the fabric)
Cover button maker comes in 2 parts, a white rubber mold and a blue plastic pusher.
Button comes in 2 parts too, a metal cap and a metal backing with a shank.
Mark a circle on the wrong side of the fabric with the given template from the button maker. If the button maker kit comes without the template, use a compass to draw a circle of 1″ + the diameter of the button, eg. if your button is 1″, mark a 2″ circle, if your button is 2″, mark a 3″ circle and so on.
Cut a short length of ric rac. The length is about the same length of the fabric circle’s diameter.
In order for the ric rac to stay in place, tack it with some tacky glue or craft glue. If you use craft glue, you need to set it aside to wait for a few minutes until the glue gets tacky.
Place the ric rac on the fabric circle, within the button’s range. use your hand to press the ric rac so that it sticks properly on the fabric.
Position the button’s metal cap at the center but wrong side of the fabric circle. A small tiny dip of tacky glue could come handy to hold the position but it is optional.
Insert both fabric and metal cap into the rubber mold.
Tuck in all the fabric into the mold neatly. If you find that the fabric is too bulky to tuck in especially those with thick texture, trim to make it less bulky.
Place the metal backing / shank plate onto the mold and make sure all fabric is under the backing plate.
Place the blue plastic pusher onto them, with close-end facing up.
Press with thumb or palm to push the backing into the mold.
Since this button cover has ric rac, it is more difficult to get the backing plate down, so press harder.
Remove the plastic pusher and inspect the work. The backing plate should go all the way into the cap firmly and evenly.
Remove the cover button from the rubber mold.
Repeat the process to make the rest of the fabric covered buttons….
Super easy and quick, right!!!