Tuesday, November 6, 2012

How to Make a Fabric Button Brooch - Tutorial

Here is an easy project for you and you can make these brooches to go with any outfit, to pin to your tote bag or to give as a cute gift!


I used Kokka Trefle Folklore Owls fabric for my brooch, but you can use anything! The possibilities are endless and these brooches are a great way to use up fabric scraps.

You need:
- scrap of fabric
- a self covering flat back button (I used size 45)*
- self covering fabric button tool (clear is best)*
- small brooch pin*
- hot glue gun or E6000 glue*

* All these items can be purchased at a craft store, or more easily online using craft supplies sites such as Etsy & Craftumi.


Take your fabric and button front piece, and place fabric over the button. Push into the large piece of the button making tool.


I recommend getting a clear tool if you can, so you can check the positioning of your fabric once your button has been pushed in.


Once you are happy with the position of your fabric, go ahead and use the tool to complete making the button. If you haven't made a fabric covered button before, here is a great tutorial by Cass Can Sew.


Turn the button over and carefully place a small amount of glue on the back of the button.


Press the brooch pin into the glue firmly. Be fast if you are working with a hot glue gun as the glue will dry very quickly.


Allow the glue to dry and you are finished!


Now go and make a whole bunch more with your scraps!


If you make some brooches using this tutorial I'd love you to share! Tweet me, post a picture to my facebook timeline, send me the link to your blog or upload a picture to my Flickr pool! I love seeing what people make from my tutorials, it makes my day!

11 comments:

  1. Thanks for the tip on using a clear tool... that would make it 100 times easier when wanting to line up a print evenly :)

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  2. Great project. Thanks for sharing :)

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  3. Hi, I didn't realize these were that simple.
    Thanks for the post : )

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  4. These are so cute! I thought you needed some big fancy contraption to make buttons. I will definitely have to give this a try - thank you!

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  5. Thanks so much for sharing with us....I always enjoy seeing what others are doing and pick up a lot of information that way.

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  6. How cute are these! Wish I had the owl fabric too. Will definately have a go.

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  7. I'm surprised the hot glue doesn't peel right off. You haven't had any trouble with that?

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    1. No I've found the hot glue holds really well and I wear mine often. It helps that the glue goes through the small holes on the back of the brooch finding. If you wanted additional strength, using a jewellery grade glue like E6000 would also be good.

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    2. Thanks. I've always been a little nervous about buying them because of that, so I'm glad to know they hold up.

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  8. Too cute! Thanks for sharing!

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