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Thursday 25 February 2016

Covering A Button - Step By Step Pics

When I first shared it with you there was lots of interest in how I'd finished the centre of each block - using a button on both sides of the quilt.

Someone closer to home found this technique really interesting too - Thatcher, my Tatty dog.

Tatty couldn't help herself, she simply had to eat the covered buttons, Unfortunately, two fell foul of her chewy interest before I discovered her attraction.

So replacing these two buttons is a simple job on my UFO/WIP list and while I'm at it, this time, I've put together process pics for covering a button.

Covering A Button
There's several button covering gadgets on the market, I own two and my favourite is this version by buttons2cover.com.

Cut out a circle of fabric approximately twice the diameter of the button - I've created a plastic template to suit my button size and you can see immediately it's not even a perfect circle, it doesn't matter.  I use a FriXion pen to draw around it and the drawn lines disappear when I iron over them, it doesn't matter too much though as the edges of the fabric won't be visible once the button is made.

I think the pics are pretty self-explanatory and it really is this simple to cover your own buttons - it takes seconds.

These buttons are covered in solid white fabric but imagine fussy cutting images for your own buttons and including them in your projects, the fun is endless.

And here's a better pic of how I've used buttons to fasten my quilt together.  The covered button is on the quilt top and on the backing I've used a small shirt button - I auditioned lots of buttons and this was def the best choice for this quilt but you could use any button design and really play it up here.

As I was taking the last photo I noticed this little problem with one of the quilt corners

The guilty party, this time, is this handsome young man, his love for chewing fabric corners means I no longer have pillow cushions on my sofas or bed.  Boy Watson, I really must love you to live without pillow cushions!

There's a big problem for me though in repairing this chew hole - if it was a chewed binding I could replace the damaged section but this quilt is bound by bringing the backing fabric over to the quilt front and it can't be replaced, only patched.

As a first pass repair, I've used a sock darning technique.  Creating rows of small stitches across the hole using a grid layout and weaving the rows in and out of each other.

It's not perfect by any means but it's no longer a hole ... for now!

Another job I can cross off my UFO/WIP list, yay.

How many repair jobs on your 'to do' lists are the result of wear and tear committed by those you love?!!!

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  1. Such a great tip on how to fix a fabric button!

    Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty!

  2. That little rascal! Great repair job and button tutorial!

  3. Great tute! We love our "babies" so much that we'll do most anything!

  4. Thank you for the tutorial. Been a loooong time since I recovered buttons so this will come in handy.

  5. "This is why we can't have nice things!" -- I remember saying that to the dog and to the kids!haha! Glad you could repair it. Lovely quilt and great idea with the buttons! Thanks! Margo


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