DIY Covered Buttons

DIY Covered Buttons

It’s the details that really bring a piece to life and tell of its quality, don’t you think? Piping, double sided satin, lining, pleats, embroidary, crocheted edges, princess seams . . . Sigh.

And buttons.  Buttons are always a deal breaker for me. Did your mom have a big jar of random buttons that you would sift through your hands when you were little? Mine did and I would carefully search for the little animals and stars.

Over time it was the mother of pearl and fabric covered buttons that would stop me in my tracks. If I were to find an item with either one of these, the likelihood that I would be buying it would skyrocket.

Customizable, fabric button tutorial

And, why yes, my wedding dress did have tiny, silk covered buttons down the back.

How did you know?

The two chairs in my living room are getting their makeovers and seeing as they are tufted, are needing some new covered buttons. Being able to make your own custom, covered buttons is a wonderful trick of the trade to keep in your back pocket.

So, let me show you just how easy it is.

Supplies Needed

Customizable, fabric button tutorial

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  • Using the template provided in the kit (it may be on the cardboard backing), trace circles onto your fabric

Customizable, fabric button tutorial

  • Cut out the fabric circles.
  • Place the fabric in the mold, right side down and add in the cap part, called “the shell.”

Customizable, fabric button tutorial

  • Now tuck all the edges of the fabric down inside the shell really well, no raw edges hanging out.

Customizable, fabric button tutorial

  • Add in back of the button and center the pusher (this is the hardest part to get right) over the little stack of pieces.
  • Press the pusher really hard, so it is all pressed together to make the button.
    • I use the heel of my hand and press with both hands really hard, all at once.
    • Do this on a hard surface.

Customizable, fabric button tutorial

  • Finally, pop out your pretty, little button and pat yourself on the back for being so clever.

Customizable, fabric button tutorial

 So, there you have it!  Not too difficult, if you ask me.

The possibilities are endless and covered buttons give such a finished look to anything you’re making.

Customizable, fabric button tutorial

I’m off to try to finish a tufted chair.

What projects will you use your covered buttons for?

Customizable, fabric button tutorial






  1. Brenda
    March 9, 2017 / 1:07 PM


    Eager to see your makeover of the chairs, and the room you outlined that you were working on.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      March 11, 2017 / 12:36 AM

      Yes, I want to get those wrapped up soon!!

    • Brenda
      March 12, 2017 / 12:07 PM

      With tufted furniture seeming to make a real comeback, knowing how to make covered buttons will be a good skill to hone. Even if for lesser projects, like throw cushions. Makes for a very custom look.

      • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
        March 12, 2017 / 10:09 PM

        I so agree with you, Brenda!

  2. Debbie
    March 10, 2017 / 4:16 AM

    Loved your covered button tutorial! You inspire me to get back to sewing. I particularly remember one set of covered buttons I did – more than 40 years ago….. Before I cut out the fabric, I traced the pattern on the fabric, then embroidered flowers in the center of the circle. After using those circles to cover the buttons, I sewed the buttons onto a new midriff top I’d made. Thank you for triggering a trip down memory lane.

    Looking forward to your chair makeovers!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      March 11, 2017 / 12:36 AM

      Oh my, you are speaking my language, Debbie! You sound like a girl after my own heart.

  3. March 12, 2017 / 1:41 PM

    Those look really easy to make and would give any project a custom look!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      March 12, 2017 / 10:11 PM

      Oh, good! I hope you are encouraged to try them sometime. xoxo

  4. March 13, 2017 / 7:01 AM

    I totally agree with you, it’s all in the details! Man did you bring back memories with this post. My Mom used to have a huge metal tin filled with buttons, and I used to love to run my fingers through it and find the “pretty” ones.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      March 16, 2017 / 7:43 AM

      Awww, I love this! Thank you for sharing, Christine!

  5. Tanya Hulbert
    March 13, 2017 / 2:16 PM

    Sarah, I’m not sure I would have ever known how easy these are to make! Thank you! You make me think of things that I would not have on my own!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      March 16, 2017 / 7:49 AM

      Oh good, well, you do the same for me. xoxo

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