I guess everyone knows the problem... you can't find good matching buttons. Or you don't like the feel of the buttons (that's my problem). The solution is easy: make fabric covered buttons. I found a tutorial on them in a Burda sewing book, tried it, liked it and decided to share this technique in a very detailled photo tutorial.

Technique Materials

fabric, button, backing, thread

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    May 11, 2012, 05.03 PMby simply6

    Thank you so much! This is great!

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    Feb 4, 2010, 07.22 PMby vojkane

    theres something here :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5P9dOOF-LQU&feature=related

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      Feb 8, 2010, 08.16 PMby marmota-b

      Well, that one’s using a button-covering kit, while the point of this technique is that there’s no need to buy a kit. :-)
      I’m glad you liked my How To (and everyone else here who commented and favourited it.)

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    Aug 16, 2009, 10.55 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    This is great! I never thought about using a normal button before. I’ve always bought the kits but for my dress I am making I can’t find the size/shape/style I want so I’ll just buy the right sized “normal” button and cover using this technique. Thanks so much for the inspiration! :) xx

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    Apr 11, 2009, 05.08 PMby manouchka

    Hey! I don’t understand why you back the button with the 2nd piece of fabric. Can’t you just leave it as is?

    Thanks for the tutorial!

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      Sep 27, 2009, 07.26 PMby marmota-b

      Of course you could, but it’s cleaner this way – no loose ends of fabric sticking out.
      Sorry for the late reply!

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    Nov 16, 2008, 12.53 PMby Núria Masdéu

    It worked perfectly for me!! Thank you!!

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    Jul 13, 2008, 08.59 AMby annmariam

    Now that they are covered…how to dyou attatch them to the piece you are making.or use them?..

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      Sep 27, 2009, 07.29 PMby marmota-b

      Sorry for the very very late reply! I thought I’d add another step to the tutorial to cover your question, but it seems I’m unable to do that… You simply sew them on in a similar fashion you’d sew a button with shank – except that these have no shank, instead you sew through the bottom layer of fabric. I hope this makes sense.

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    Jun 18, 2008, 12.31 PMby smilegrl123

    very nice! but how do u sew this on something?

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    Feb 13, 2008, 01.22 PMby marmota-b

    I wrote it above, but maybe I should add some steps showing it on a picture… when I make a fabric covered button next time. :-)

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    Jan 9, 2008, 11.52 AMby vecheney

    Great! I was going to attempt to do this at one time, but didn’t know where to begin. Thank you.


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    Dec 2, 2007, 10.30 AMby marmota-b

    No, I just sew through the fabric on the bottom. It’s true that this part is a little bit more complicated, but nothing bad – and if it doesn’t look 100% perfect, it doesn’t matter, because it’s hidden by the button. ;-)

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    Nov 30, 2007, 09.09 AMby pfirsch

    I like the idea because it reuses all those plain buttons that never seem right for a project, but I don’t understand how you would sew the covered buttons onto a new project. Do you sew through the holes of the plastic button?

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    Nov 29, 2007, 02.55 AMby marmota-b

    Glayla – I’m not sure about that, there’s this special thing called “vatelín” in Czech and I don’t know what is it in other languages or whether it is available in other countries… but that’s what I used. It’s synthetic, similar to polyester filling – it keeps shape when washed; and it’s flat and often topstitched also in order to keep shape, as you can hopefully see in the picture… it’s used in winter clothing. I hope this description helps.

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    Nov 26, 2007, 11.18 AMby staticstasy

    AMazing! Thanks a lot! And yeah you don’t have to use buttons! oo I’ll go and make some!!! hehe!…

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    Nov 26, 2007, 10.09 AMby carrotflowers

    This is great! :) What kind of materials would be acceptable or recommended for the backing?

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    Nov 25, 2007, 11.46 PMby lilo

    Great how-to Marmotab, thanks! Have done it once with those special buttons that are at least as expensive as the real thing, good and cheap tip!

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    Nov 25, 2007, 03.21 AMby marmota-b

    Lauriana, this is much easier for me, because I don’t know if I would get those prefabricated tools easily here in CR, while we always have lots of these ugly neutral plastic buttons at home and I don’t have to spend money on the tools. :-) Moreover, you could make it with any flat round thing, you don’t need to use explicitly buttons for it…

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    Nov 24, 2007, 07.06 AMby lauriana

    Impressive! I just made my first fabric covered button with one of those metal buttons made for it. This, however, is the real thing!

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    Nov 24, 2007, 04.36 AMby zahra

    grtt!!! thankss:D

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    Nov 23, 2007, 11.47 PMby marmota-b

    You’re welcome. :-)

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    Nov 23, 2007, 02.03 AMby marmota-b

    Sorry for the cropped first picture… For a mysterious reason I left it 600 pixels wide. But the others, which are a bit cropped too, were really 500 pixels!

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