Happy Friday Everyone! Did you know that there are so many ways one can craft with button covers? Of course they make adorable buttons when covered with fabric and/or ribbon, but after you decorate one – how can you use it? There is one way we found at Crafter’s Vision that we absolutely love!
We all have refrigerators – at home or in the office, and we always have to put reminders, grocery lists, or our kid’s art on the fridge. Today I am going to show you how to make your own buttons. They are so simple and quick to make, even your kids would love to make some! You can read this tutorial AND watch it live here!
Things you will need:
- Flat Button Covers (we love the new 1 7/8” size, but we have other sizes here)
- Scraps fabrics (you can use the samples we send with every order!)
- Hold and Push tool Set (we have them for all sizes here)
- Mod Podge (we used Gloss, but you can use any type)
- Mod Podge applicator (like a paintbrush, or sponge brush)
- ¾” Ceramic Round Magnet (we have them now here!)
- To get started, cover the top shell of the button cover with Mod Podge. Put your fabric scrap, design facing-down, and put the top of the shell on top. Push the shell around to help stick to the fabric, as well as smooth the top of the button with your finger so there are no bumps.
- Next, cut the fabric around the shell, but leave about 1 inch from the perimeter of the shell – you’ll just want to make sure that the fabric will cover the sides of the shell and fit in the back of the shell as well. After you cut around the shell, you’ll want to cut slits into the fabric, about every 1-inch. This will make each section easier to fold into the back of the shell (no bumps!)
- Mod Podge around the inside of the button cover shell. Begin folding the fabric into the inside of the shell. If it is not sticking as well, go ahead and apply a little more Mod Podge to help the fabric stick!
- After you successfully cover the button shell, place the piece into the Hold tool (back side up). Place the flat back piece on top. You’ll notice on the flat back piece a bent ridge. Allow the bent ridge to point up! This is the best way for the back piece to fit into the shell.
- Push the back piece with your finger just a little bit to get it situated. Take the blue Push tool, place it on top of the button and push around all the edges. This will help successfully push the flat back into the shell!
- Pop the entire piece out of the Hold tool. The next step is optional! You can Mod Podge the top of the button. We made some with and without Mod Podge-ing the top (is that a word?). When it is covered in Mod Podge, it will look more glossy and can make the fabric look almost like a laminate fabric. I would say this is easier to clean, especially in a kitchen when things can get messy!
- If you Mod Podge the shell, next you will want to wait a couple minutes for it to dry! While you wait, make sure your hot glue gun is plugged in and warm.
- Dab a small dot of hot glue on the back of the button cover. Quickly put the ¾” Round Ceramic Magnet onto the glue. Let dry.
- Attach the magnet to your fridge, and hang a beautiful piece of art work or your grocery list!
We have made so many of these cute magnets, we love them! And, don’t forget, If you make some of these please show us here!