How to make handmade fabric buttons

I got the idea for making handmade fabric buttons from Flower Power Patchwork. It’s a great book with really cute projects. Although I found some of the instructions difficult to follow, I think any competent sewer would love this book as it includes very contemporary designs for patchwork. I’ve picked out one easy project for making handmade fabric buttons that I’ve adapted and changed slightly.

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See my YouTube video and step-by-step instructions for making a handmade fabric button below.

How to make handmade fabric buttons step-by-step

Where I got my materials from:

The Crop-a-dile is from Handy Hippo,
Scrap material from Etsy,
Pelmet interfacing from nid-noi.com,
All other materials from a local craft store.

You will need:

  • curtain rings 3 cm/1 inch in diameter
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • volume fleece
  • scrap material in various colours
  • pelmet interfacing
  • sewing needles
  • embroidery thread
  • cotton thread
  • eyelets and eyelet setting tool (I used a Crop-a-dile)
  1. Cut the volume fleece and scrap material into a circle, about 1cm (half an inch) wider all round than the curtain ring.
  2. Stitch a basic running stitch around the edge of the material and volume fleece. Make sure you have the correct side of the material on top. Pull the thread to wrap the material around the curtain ring. Tie a knot to secure.
  3. Cut out a circle from the pelmet interfacing. It needs to be slightly smaller in diameter than the curtain ring. Cut out a circle from your scrap material, about 1cm (half an inch) wider all round than the pelmet interfacing. Stitch a basic running stitch around the edge of the material. Pull the thread to wrap the material around the interfacing. Tie a knot to secure.
  4. Placing the two sides together, sew the back to the front of the button using a simple slip stitch.
  5. Mark the position of where you want to set the eyelets and punch two holes in the button. Set the eyelets using your eyelet tool. I used a Crop-a-dile.

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