Fabric covered buttons, originally uploaded by the workroom.

I bought my first button press about eight years ago. I had visions of making buttons from everything around me – postage stamps, newspaper classifieds, doodles and FABRIC. It was a disappointing moment when I realized that the button press always tore or stretched the fabric. It didn’t stop me from making thousands of buttons from everything else, but it was always a sore spot that fabric was not an option.

How excited was I to read this post on WhipUp today about this tutorial that shows an ingenuous way to make covering buttons with fabric work. It’s absolutely brilliant! This could pose a serious problem for scrap-hoarders, it makes a mere 1.5″ round piece of scrap worth holding onto.


  1. Oooh! Drat you for posting this! As if hoarding wasn’t already a problem… “Clear the way to the Button Maker! Out of my WAY!!” 🙂

  2. angelune – Interfacing might work too. I just used some sticker labels I already had, and it worked perfectly.

    Johanna – You know you LOVE finding more ways to thrift every last inch of fabric!

  3. Hi I tried clicking in the tuturial but flicker tells me that “Oops! You don’t have permission to view this page”. Am I doing something wrong?

    1. Hi Suz – Oh no! I didn’t realize the tutorial was gone. Basically she used a blank sticker label that you stick on the back of the circle of fabric. This makes it sturdy enough to go into the button maker. Perhaps I need to do my own tutorial for this!

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