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Small, big, round and flat: buttons are available in countless variations. We show here the most important models and materials…

Covered Buttons

If you want to customize your own buttons to match your garment fabric, then coverable buttons are the first choice! Your fabric is pulled over the basic button made of metal or plastic and closed from behind. Purchase some here.

Covered Buttons PATTERNS
left: Vintage Cropped Jacket; right: Plus Size Tie Tunic

Holed Buttons

The most well-known button type consists of a more or less flat disc, in the middle of which either two or four holes are to be sewn. Applications such as fabrics and usages are extremely diverse and these buttons can easily be just decorative!

Holed Buttons PATTERN
left: Accent Tucked Blouse; middle: Buttoned Pencil Skirt; right: Buttoned Trousers

Looped Yarn Buttons

This noble button variation is created by wrapping yarn. Here, two parts are made, with a thickening agent at the end of one part and a loop at the end of the other.

Jeans Buttons

Jean buttons are traditionally riveted or screwed into the denim, making them particularly sturdy. They are available in all classic metal colors from copper to silver and can also be referred to as Dungaree buttons. Purchase here.

Jeans Buttons PATTERNS
left: Flounce Jeans; right: Skinny Jeans

Shank buttons

Whether coats, jackets or blouses: These dome-like buttons with opening at the bottom are so decorative that they are – depending on size and material – suitable for many garments. They also allow for no visible thread to be seen from the right side!

Shank Button Patterns
left: Caban Style Jacket; right: Seventies Style Jacket

Linen Buttons

As the name implies, these models are mostly made of white and cooked cotton or linen especially on high quality bedding. But they are also often found on traditional blouses.

Toggle buttons

Toggles are made of wood, horn or plastic and are considered precursors of the button and can be found today mainly on duffle coats or cardigans. Purchase some here!

Toggle Buttons Pattern
left: Toggle Cape; right: Plus Size Poncho

Happy Button Sewing!


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