January 19, 2016

Fabric Covered Buttons…No Kit Required!

My favorite items of clothing to collect are coats. To me, a coat can tie together an outfit; even if the outfit consists of you running out in sweatpants to the grocery store real quick.

I’ve gotten some great coats from Goodwill; two of them being London Fog Trench Coats. One of them is a great rose/blush color and the other is khaki. I already had a khaki trench but when you see a pristine London Fog Trench Coat on the rack for only $1, you don’t hesitate to pick it up.

 

On New Year’s Day I met up with a friend for some tea, chatting, and crafting. She brought a few of her sewing books (which made me realize I need to work on my sewing book collection – there goes that mental list) and one of them was the Liberty Book of Simple Sewing. In the book there was a project for fabric covered buttons and belt.

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This gave me an idea for one of my khaki coats because two coats that are almost the exact same is not necessary but if one of them has a little pizazz then it’s completely acceptable! 🙂

I believe the project in the book uses a hand sewing needle to cover the buttons but I decided to pull out the glue gun. Countless times the glue gun has come to the rescue when my machine or needles had let me down (a specific year of Halloween costumes for the boys come to mind). Let’s get to it!

 Materials Needed:

  • Buttons (from coat)
  • Scrap fabric
  • Glue gun
  • Thread and Needle (not pictured)

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The Steps:

1. Cut out scraps of fabric. You don’t want them to be too much larger than your button. My button was 3/4” so I cut 1 inch squares. Then I clipped the edge to make them a bit more circular.

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2. Add glue to one side of the button and place it face down in the center of the fabric.

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Working in a circle, place glue on the button and fold the fabric over. I added the glue little by little as the glue tends to dry too quickly.

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Repeat this step until all buttons are covered.

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4. Take your thread and needle and reattach the buttons to the coat.

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Here’s the finished look!

 

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