How to… Fabric Covered Buttons
In this tutorial the button blank is a flat back button due to the project I am working on. For other projects I might choose to use a button with a shank on the back for sewing onto some item.
The top of the button (the part to be covered in fabric) is concave in order to emphasize the design in the fabric.
For smaller buttons you actually need to cut a circle of fabric out before this step. But since this is a larger size 60 button it is easier to cut the fabric after it is in the tool mold. Cut around the edge of the fabric leaving about 1/8th of an inch edge.
Then you just tuck all the fabric into the center.
Then you place the flat back onto the pushed in fabric with the raised edge up facing you.
Next you take the smaller piece of the button tool and use it to push the back on. You should feel a snap when the tool pushes the back enough to form a seal.
The finished product.
This particular button is a frog made from flannel fabric.