Want to customize your buttons to match your decor? Here’s a simple and easy step-by-step tutorial on how to cover a button with fabric.
Have you ever noticed that sometimes the simplest projects can make the biggest difference?
Sometimes you look at a room and you can’t put your finger on what makes it so amazing. And then? You realize it’s all in the details. The attention to the small things in the room that get overlooked in the rush of decorating. I once went to a show house and spent hours walking through the space in complete awe of the decorating and the ONE thing that I came away with? The one thing that I remembered? She had chairs that were tufted with 28 buttons. It was the simple detail of that amazing tufting on the chair that I remember.
I need to write this on a post-it note for myself.
I’m always trying to climb the project mountain.
Scale great project heights.
Find new project vistas.
Sometimes all I need to do to make my dining room cuter?
Is to cover a button.
Here’s my memorial day weekend project.
These dining room chairs with covered buttons.
The buttons bring the perfect pop of blue to the back of the chairs and they were SO easy to make. I used to cover buttons back when my couch was yellow with giant blue and pink flowers and my walls were red. Covering buttons back then was hard. You needed a PhD in button covering.
Someone came along and made it so much easier.
I covered all these buttons (and no-sewed them onto the chairs) in under 45 minutes.
Which left plenty of time for a championship baseball game and a graduation party and two rounds of top golf.
Here’s the step-by-step tutorial on how to cover a button with fabric.
How to no-sew it onto your chairs.
How to cover a button with fabric
Button cover kit
1. How to cover a button with a button kit
I bought my cover button kit at Walmart.
It was $1.77 for four buttons.
I bought three of these packages to make the buttons.
2. Cut out the fabric
On the back of the kit there is a pattern.
Cut the pattern out from the back of the kit and use it to cut out a circle.
You cut the circle on the fold (my fabric already had a fold so I used that).
3. unfold your circle
This is what your fabric will look like when it’s cut out.
Mine has a slight fold in it.
Don’t worry about ironing it—the fold will pull itself out when you cover the button.
total aside: you have too many things to do to worry about ironing.
4. Place the fabric in
Your kit comes with a plastic button maker.
Place it on the table.
Turn the fabric pattern side down on top of it.
Take the front of the button and place it inside the fabric.
5. Tuck your fabric
Tuck the fabric around the front of the button.
Place the back of the button on top.
Make sure all the ends of the fabric are tucked in before you add the button back.
6. Push the button pieces together
The kit comes with a button pusher.
Place it on the back of the button and push.
You will hear a pop when the button is pushed together.
Your button is ready to be used.
Here’s what the button looks like on the front and on the back.
You could sew these on a pillow or add them to a ribbon or use them to tuft a chair.
You could press down the back of the button, add a ring of fabric glue to the edges and glue them to the back of the chairs.
Here’s what the buttons looked like after I glued them.
I used a craft glue that works on fabrics.
It dries clear, so you don’t have to be that careful when you glue the buttons.
Here’s the before.
And 45 minutes later?
Here’s the after.
Isn’t it amazing how it finishes the chairs?
And just between us?
I’m so happy I didn’t try and climb another project mountain. 🙂