Remember my diy tutorial on how to make fabric covered buttons? There are so many ways you could use them in craft projects, here are a few that I have tried so far…
The first time I used a fabric covered button in a project was on this camera case - the button camouflages so sell it's almost invisible! I made it with some vintage orange and brown needle cord and designed the case to perfectly fit my camera. I love this little bag but it’s for my old camera so I don’t really use it now :(
Here are a couple of very easy hair accessories made with fabric covered buttons. This is just a hairband looped through the shank on the button…
You can buy hairgrips with round bases on the end which you could glue a button on (without the shank), but I made this with just an ordinary hair grip pushed through the shank. Couldn’t be any easier – and within seconds you can be wearing it, no need to wait for glue to dry!
This next idea turns the buttons into brads – great for cardmaking and scrapbooking! There are different types of buttons for covering with fabric - make sure the buttons you’re using have a wire shank like these and an oblong slot for the shank to go through. Before covering with fabric, remove the wire shank with pliers and push a brad (split pin) through the backing piece.
Making your own brads means you can match them with any project. I used one here to attach a fabric flower to a card. The brads aren’t limited to paper crafts – I also used one on a crocheted garland. As well as being decorative it was a quick and easy way of layering the flowers without the need for sewing.
Have you used fabric covered buttons in your craft projects before - what have you made with them?