embroidered covered buttons

March 19, 2014

These cute covered buttons are all over Etsy, but you can make your own in a snap.  Here's how:

I have a collection of treasured pillowslips embroidered by my grandmother.
We use them every day, but they do wear out.  
Some, like these above are beyond repair with only the embroidery and lace worth saving.  
Often at tag sales you can find bits and pieces of unfinished embroidery.
It's not a shame to cut it up if it cannot be salvaged for it's intended use.
But hey, you could also embroider little flowers and designs on a 
piece of muslin if you don't have salvaged linens to use.

 You need one covered button kit per button size.  
It includes buttons, shanks, mold, pusher and pattern.
If you need more buttons you will just buy the buttons and shanks.

Using the correct size circle pattern, cut embroidered piece and place on mold with button on top.

Push it down into the mold.

Fold the fabric over the button and place shank on top.

Put the pusher on top and with a hammer gently tap all around to push the shank into the button top.

Before you pop the button out of the mold, make sure the shank is in good and tight.

 That's it!  You're done!

  I see so many beautiful uses for these buttons.  
At Knitionary HQ they will go on knitted sweaters, 
but I think they would be sweet for a little girl's Easter dress,
or even making jewelry and other crafts.
I think Grandmother would approve!

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  1. Thank you! Lovely idea.

    BTW, I was going to comment to you in general that I so enjoy your blog. It is varied and fun. Plus, I think what is most enjoyable for me is that you always have such a lovely and positive attitude. I have read some other blogs where they are so downbeat and negative. Yours never is, even when you have shared, ever so gently and appropriately, a sadness or disappointment in your life.

    Thank you!

  2. I LOVE THESE! I have used old embroidered pieces in the past to make a crazy quilt vest or pillow, but I never considered covering buttons with them. These buttons would be the perfect addition to handknit cardigan. Thanks for sharing!!!

  3. Love it! Thanks for the empowering! :)

  4. Oh, hello, aren't these adorable!!

  5. Clever idea! I was thinking the same thing, that these colors would be great for Easter. They can also be pinned to a pocketbook or jacket for daily use!


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