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
- A 5/8″ Cover Button Kit. The 5/8″ size is good because it’s small but not too small to embroider on. There are 6 buttons per kit.
- A water soluble marker
- A ball of Valdani embroidery thread (Please note, Valdani embroidery thread is no longer available. Pearl Cotton Embroidery Thread is a suggested substitution.)
- 1/4 yard of Kona Cotton (I used “Curry”) or Spectrum Cotton
- A 6″ embroidery hoop
- An embroidery needle
Prepping the Fabric
The back of the Cover Button Kit has a template outline printed on it. Cut it out carefully.
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.
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?)
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.
Center the circles in your embroidery hoop and pull the fabric tight like a drum.
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.
Now, using a simple back stitch, embroider the flowers. If you are new to embroidery check out our Embroidery Tutorial.
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.
One you have six embroideries that you’re happy with you’ll be ready for the next step.
Cutting the Fabric
Cut out the circles from the fabric. Spray these little medallions with water. The blue lines will magically disappear.
Iron them to dry them out.
Assemble the Buttons
To assemble the buttons follow the illustrations below:
- Button Shell
Center the Fabric on top of the Button Shell
Stuff the Button Shell and Fabric (embroidery side down) into the Mold together.
Tuck the Fabric’s edges neatly inside of the Button Shell
Place the Back squarely inside of the Mold
And then place the Pusher on top of the whole thing
Push the Pusher down firmly. Try to apply pressure evenly. You should hear a little pop when the whole thing comes together.
Pull the finished button out of the Mold. Here is a picture of what the back should look like:
Repeat six times and you’ll have six beautiful handmade buttons!