Embroidered Covered Buttons | Purl Soho

Since Purl Patchwork opened I have deepened my love of embroidery. I own almost every Valdani’s embroidery thread color in existence. I like seeing how small my stitches can be and embroidering tiny things. As my skills were improving I started thinking of different ways to use embroidery and I came up with these embroidered covered buttons.

I thought making covered buttons would be an involved process until I heard about covered button kits. They make  covering a button really really easy. Once I got the kits I was on a roll and I made over 150 buttons! -Molly

Embroidered Covered Buttons | Purl Soho

Materials

Embroidered Covered Buttons | Purl Soho

Pattern

Prepping the Fabric

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The back of the Cover Button Kit has a template outline printed on it. Cut it out carefully.

Embroidered Covered Buttons | Purl Soho

Trace the template 6- 10 times on to your fabric, at least 3″ from the fabric’s edges.   I like to prepare for more buttons than I’m actually making so I have room to mess up.

Embroidered Covered Buttons | Purl Soho

Center the button shell in each circle and trace around it. This will be your embroidery area. (As a side note, can you find me in the above picture?)

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And now draw your design inside of each inner circle. I drew little flowers but you could do whatever you like: initials, animals, fruits, hearts, stars… anything you can fit into a 5/8″ space.

Embroidering

Embroidered Covered Buttons | Purl Soho

Center the circles in your embroidery hoop and pull the fabric tight like a drum.

Embroidered Covered Buttons | Purl Soho

Thread your embroidery needle with an 18″ length of embroidery thread. You do not want to add any bulk behind the embroidery so just tie the simplest of knots at the end of the thread.

Embroidered Covered Buttons | Purl Soho

Now, using a simple back stitch, embroider the flowers. If you are new to embroidery check out our Embroidery Tutorial.

Embroidered Covered Buttons | Purl Soho

Embroidered Covered Buttons | Purl Soho

After the embroidery is done pull your thread through your work on the back and snip the thread. There is no need to tie a knot.

Embroidered Covered Buttons | Purl Soho

One you have six embroideries that you’re happy with you’ll be ready for the next step.

Cutting the Fabric

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Cut out the circles from the fabric. Spray these little medallions with water. The blue lines will magically disappear.

Embroidered Covered Buttons | Purl Soho

Iron them to dry them out.

Assemble the Buttons

To assemble the buttons follow the illustrations below:

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Above:

  • Pusher
  • Back
  • Mold
  • Button Shell
  • Fabric

Embroidered Covered Buttons | Purl Soho

Center the Fabric on top of the Button Shell

Embroidered Covered Buttons | Purl Soho

Stuff the Button Shell and Fabric (embroidery side down) into the Mold together.

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Tuck the Fabric’s edges neatly inside of the Button Shell

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Place the Back squarely inside of the Mold

Embroidered Covered Buttons | Purl Soho

And then place the Pusher on top of the whole thing

Embroidered Covered Buttons | Purl Soho

Push the Pusher down firmly. Try to apply pressure evenly. You should hear a little pop when the whole thing comes together.

Embroidered Covered Buttons | Purl Soho

Pull the finished button out of the Mold. Here is a picture of what the back should look like:

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Repeat six times and you’ll have six beautiful handmade buttons!

Embroidered Covered Buttons | Purl Soho