DIY Button Making

It’s one of those things that you don’t really think about when you take on a upholstery project. It’s a detail that could make or break a piece and it can be a REAL pain in the butt if you have 50+ to make.

Buttons.

Now I’m sure you could pour over the internet and find a great video of a button making tutorial on Youtube or another blog somewhere but I preferred the one that Marian (Miss Mustard Seed) had done on her blog last year when she was reupholstering the tufted sofa. Since she made that post her blog has since gone through some physical changes and tinkering behind the scenes. So when I went to her blog to review the button making post it was gone!

*GASP!*

WHAT AM I TO DO?!

I HAVE TO FIGURE IT OUT?….. MYSELF?!

WHAT LAYER OF HELL IS THIS???!!!!!

My best guess is that during the transition to the new format, not all of her post were successful moved over. Time for this duckling to grow up and learn to fly on her own.

So here is my worthy attempt at showing y’all how to DIY Buttons. Just a heads up… There’s lots of steps.

Step 1.

The first thing you wanna do is make sure that whatever fabric you are choosing to make buttons with is not too thick for this method of button making. For my project, I used a basic drop cloth from Home Depot and washed it to soften it a little.

Step 2.

This part is a bit tricky… If you are replacing old buttons on a upholstery piece what’s most helpful is to use a coin to gauge about what the size is of the old buttons.

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Step 3.

Find your button kit pack. I was able to find mine off of Amazon. Make sure you order packs that have the backs with eyes for threading.

Step 4.

When your buttons finally arrive you will want to sort out what comes in the button kit. You want to make sure that you are using the backs with the eye hooks. Other needed supples:

  • Hammer
  • Gorilla Glue or any super glue
  • Scissors
  • Pen

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Step 5.

You will then want to cut all your fabric circles. That is what this nifty and easy to lose clear piece is for.

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Step 6.

There should be a rubber piece that has two indented sides, one is deeper than the other. With the more indented side facing-up, place your fabric circle over the opening and then the button face, face-down in the middle of the fabric circle.

Step 7.

This is where the Gorilla Glue comes in very handy. In the middle of the button place a small drop of glue (a little goes a long way people). Fold the edges of the fabric into the middle of the button top and press in slightly, which can be a little tricky at first. place another VERY small drop of glue in the middle of the folded-in fabric bunch.

Step 8.

On top of the fabric bunch and tiny drop of glue place the button backing with the eye (eye facing out). Next, grab the blue thing-a-ma-bob and place the open side over top of the eye backing and use your hammer to press down with some mild force. The button will be pushed down into the rubber piece like a mold and the backing of the button should be forced down into the ridges that the fabric and button face make. (sorry it is hard to explain, but you’ll know it when you see it).

Step 9.

BOOM.

You just made a button!

Look at you.. All grown up and stuff. You can do anything!

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Step 10.

Because there was no way I could end this on Step 9 (OCD) Just let the glue on your button dry. I would give it a day. Some glue might come out of the top but don’t worry about that.

Other tools that I bought to help with tufting the Swan Settee was this stitching set kit, which was also purchased off of Amazon.

The Finished Product.

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I hope this post was helpful! And if you saw Marian’s button making post, I hope this was a good comparable. Thanks for hanging in there for all 10 steps and remember to always keep treasure hunting!

– Amanda

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