Friday, December 2, 2011

Guest Tutorial: Fabric Covered Button Magnets

A fabulous tutorial of fabric covered button magnets from Dena Designs. Enjoy!

This is the perfect project for a group crafting party - kids and adults will love it. You need very few supplies and you can make multiple magnets in one short session. If you're like me, you have tons of scrap fabric lying around - use them for these wonderful covered buttons.

Self-cover button kit (find these at your local fabric store)
½” magnets
Assortment of colorful fabrics, a small print works best
1” strips of colorful tulle
Hot glue gun
Needle nose pliers

  1. Cut out circles of fabric to cover your buttons, the circles should be twice as big across as the buttons that you want to cover.
  2. Before covering, use your needle nose pliers to remove the wire loop from the back of the button. It will be easier to attach the magnet if there is a flat surface.
  3. Follow the instructions on the package to cover each button with the fabric of your choice.
  4. Begin adding cute ruffles or flower cutouts to the back of the button with your hot glue gun. Cut a 1” strip of tulle that can be tightly gathered at the back of the covered button. Secure with hot glue. For my buttons, I added some fabric flowers that I cut using a Sizzix die cutting machine. You could even add hanging ribbons or paper streamers.
  5. Once you have decorated around the button, hot glue a magnet to the back so that it can be used.

Place six or so lovely magnets in a pretty box and you have the perfect gift for a special friend.

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