Tutorial: Making Self Covered Buttons

Posted by Freya Gilbert
on December 14, 2023

Creating self-covered buttons can be a fun and creative way to add a personalized touch to your sewing projects.

For this tutorial we are using a convenient tool that makes the process easy and enjoyable. Follow this step-by-step tutorial to make self-covered buttons!

Materials Needed:

  1. Self-covered button tool and self covered buttons.
  2. Fabric of your choice
  3. Marking pen or pencil
  4. Scissors


Step 1:  Select the fabric you want to use for your covered buttons. It should be lightweight and tightly woven for best results.

Step 2:  Place the button front template from the button packaging onto your fabric. This will be about 1cm wider than your button on all sides.  Use a marking pen or pencil to trace around the template. Cut out the fabric circle.

Step 3:  If the fabric has fraying edges, you can use a small amount of fabric glue along the edges or apply a clear nail polish to prevent fraying. Allow it to dry completely.

Step 4:  Take the self-covered button tool and separate the parts. Place the larger, rubber piece on a flat surface, ensuring that the concave side is facing up.

Step 5: Position your fabric circle, wrong side up, over the concave part of the tool. Center it so that there is an equal amount of fabric around the edge of the tool.

Step 6: Now, position the button front over the fabric-covered concave part. Press down firmly to secure the fabric in place.

Step 7: Fold the excess fabric over the button front template and press it into the curved part of the tool. Ensure that the fabric is smooth and free of wrinkles.

Step 8: Take the smaller, flat piece of the button and place it over the folded fabric with the textured side down. Use the other side of the tool to press down firmly to snap the two pieces of the tool together, enclosing the fabric and button front.

Step 9: Carefully open the tool to reveal your self-covered button. If needed, use a needle to adjust any fabric that may be caught between the button halves.

Congratulations! You've successfully created a self-covered button using the Milward brand tool. Repeat these steps to make additional buttons for your sewing projects.

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