Tutorial ~ Fabric Covered Button Bracelet

by Destri on September 26, 2011

fabric covered button bracelet tutorial

Continuing on with my fabric covered button obsession….I swear, anyway I can use them I will find it!  I really don’t know what it is, but I love them :).  Anyhoo, today I will show you how to make a fabric covered button bracelet.  It’s a great way to use up those pretty scraps you hung onto just knowing that something would come along to showcase them.  This is just the project, quick and inexpensive.  I used a mix of jelly roll fabrics in fall colors, perfect to add to my fall wardrobe.  You could use all one pattern or color too.

They would be a great gift for the upcoming Holiday’s or the perfect accessory to add to your fall wardrobe, catch me after the jump for the full tutorial!

Diy Fabric Covered Bracelet

Fabric Covered Bracelet Supplies

Supplies:

  • fabric scraps
  • bracelet with disc settings – I bought mine at Hobby Lobby for $3.99 in the jewelery section, or here are a bunch on etsy
  • 5/8 Cover buttons – I needed two packs, so I bought one kit and one refill!  You can get these at a craft store, fabric, or even Wal-mart has them.  Hobby Lobby has them half off each month, so I buy a bunch then
  • hot glue sticks and gun
  • scissors

Instructions:

How to make fabric covered button

You can use the little template the kit provides, but I find this way to be much faster.  Cut a piece of fabric that is about twice the size of the button.  Line up where you want the button on the fabric (is there a flower you want centered?), and then press into the button form with the right side of the fabric down.

Next pull the fabric straight up as shown.

Now just cut off the top just above the form.  I kind of rest the scissor blades on the top and then cut.  This always leaves just the right amount of fabric.

Center the button back onto the form, making sure the fabric edges are gathered underneath it.

Then press the disc the kit provides onto the back until you here it snap.  There is something so satisfying about pulling that button out :)

You can find flat back covered buttons on etsy, but I have not been able to find them locally.  I just bend the little prong down on the edge of the table.

Cover up all the buttons that you need for your bracelet, and then line them up in the order that they look good.

Now put the glue around the edges, wait a second and press and hold the button.  Wait another second for the glue to cool, and wipe the excess glue off the edges.

Glue them all on, wiggle them and make sure they are on there good.  I had to re-glue one.  You can see that my buttons fit just inside the discs.  Some of them I have seen have a flat surface, so they will look a little different.  Make sure that you have flat back button covers for the flat surface bracelets.

Fabric Covered Button Bracelet

Wouldn’t these make the perfects gifts?  Perfect for Super Saturday events too.  Just buy a charm pack and that would give you plenty of coordinating fabric for a bunch of bracelets.  Great for girls to make for their friends this holiday season too.

Shopping rescources:

The exact antique copper bracelet I used.

Thanks for stopping in, hope everyone has a great Monday.  I am off to conquer my to-do list of procrastinations.  You know, the list that is made up of all the stuff you didn’t want to do off the other lists.  Fun stuff :)

Talk soon!

~Destri

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katie September 26, 2011 at 7:06 am

Oh that is cute! And your way of doing the button covers–SO much easier than using their little pattern!! And lastly, I so, so wish we had a hobby lobby where I live!! Michael’s is just not as fabulous. :)

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ColleenwithMurals&More September 26, 2011 at 7:25 am

So cute – and it seems pretty easy too! I remember – waaay back when I was still sewing – covering lots and lots of buttons. But I love bracelets and this would be fun.

Thanks for dropping by! Hope to see you again soon.

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Marthalynn September 26, 2011 at 7:31 am

I love the simplicity of this! My grandmother recently passed away and left all of her fabric to me. This will be a great gift to make for all the girls in our family – a beautiful memento. Thanks for the idea!

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Courtney September 26, 2011 at 11:29 am

love!! i am going to have to make this very soon!!

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Suzanne September 26, 2011 at 11:46 am

oh this is so fun Destri, I want to make one, we need to get together soon for that.

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Aubrey September 27, 2011 at 12:54 am

Fun! What a great idea Destri! Covering buttons is so simple but so fun! :)

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Kim September 27, 2011 at 7:38 am

I love this. My grandmother would love this, too. She has a stash of small pieces of fabric from different significant parts of her life. She wanted ito make a quilt, but has never done it. I would love to make a memory bracelet for her. She has parts of christening gowns, a swatch from her wedding suit, baby quilt pieces, and other near things. It would be so special.
Thank you for the fantastic idea!!
I might make my mom something made out of stuff from my kids, so she feels close to them even though we are 1000 miles apart.

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artis4fashion October 1, 2011 at 1:01 am

Wow, this is so easy, so clever and so effective! Thx for sharing this with us! Michaela

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Heather October 3, 2011 at 5:35 am

This is so pretty…I have seen those bracelets at Hobby Lobby and now I know what to do with them…I’m pinning this one for sure. Thanks for sharing. So darn cute!

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Haley October 3, 2011 at 6:58 am

This is really cute! Love all of your fun fabric scraps. I just bought a bunch of fabric buttons and I’m always looking for new ideas for what to do with them. I love your bracelet. Thanks so much for sharing & for the inspiration!

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Carolyn - homework October 5, 2011 at 10:42 am

Such a cute bracelet. What a great idea. I would love for you to share this project on my Inspiration Board {link party}. I know my readers would really enjoy it. Thanks!
http://carolynshomework.blogspot.com/2011/10/inspiration-board-link-party-18.html
carolyn – homework

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Diane Wing October 20, 2011 at 4:59 am

I love this! Thanks for sharing it.

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Elegantpaws October 25, 2011 at 2:46 pm

What a lovely idea, I too simply adore fabric covered buttons. I like that feeling when you pop them out of the mould. :)
I haven’t seen the disc bracelet things here in Australia but I’ll have a look on Etsy. Thanks for the idea! This is my first visit to your blog, i found you through Craftzine.

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danielle October 26, 2011 at 4:22 pm

The bezel setting is interesting, do you think the flat setting (that you linked to on the etsy pages) wouldn’t hold up as well as the bezel setting?

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Destri October 28, 2011 at 8:03 am

I think that if you use flat back buttons they would hold up great. They would actually have more surface area to glue to, so might be stronger!

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Suzanne November 10, 2011 at 5:32 pm

This is such a cute idea!!! Thank you for sharing it. I found the button covers really cheap on http://www.craftersvision.com. Can’t wait to get started! I think my daughters are going to love getting these for Christmas.

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Destri November 13, 2011 at 5:42 am

Thanks for sharing your source Suzanne!

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Emily November 22, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Read this post last night (found you via craft gawker) and went to Hobby Lobby today to buy the needed supplies. They were out of the 5/8″ kits, so I purchased a 3/4″ and found the bracelet size to match in the clay aisle. So quick to make & I love it! Thanks for sharing your wonderful idea.

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eliza December 14, 2011 at 5:55 am

why were the bracelets in the clay aisle? i am having a lot of trouble finding them.

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Destri December 14, 2011 at 10:52 am

Hi Eliza, are you looking online or in a store?

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Eliza December 14, 2011 at 10:56 am

I have looked in every store and cannot find them in the jewelry section at all. That’s why I wondered why they might be in the clay section.

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Destri December 15, 2011 at 11:27 am

Eliza, are you trying Hobby Lobby? There are also a lot available through the link on Etsy. I hope that helps, nothing is more frustrating – I have been there.

Destri December 14, 2011 at 10:53 am

Thanks so much for letting me know Emily! I would love to see the finished product :)

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Ivonne November 23, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Hi! I noticed that the bracelet has 9 buttons. How long is that? Would it fit an adult woman’s wrist comfortably?

Thanks!

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Destri November 24, 2011 at 9:12 am

Hi Ivonne,

It does fit an adult size wrist great!

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Ginger December 8, 2011 at 4:50 am

IIII LOOOVE IT I LOOOVE IT!!!

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Holly December 16, 2011 at 2:02 pm

HI Destri, I love your bracelet. I found you on craft gawker. I have looked all over for the bracelet, but can’t find one. I saw them on etsy, but they only have silver, and I liked the color you bought. We do not have a Hobby Lobby near me, but looked on their website and couldn’t find it. I have also tried searching under lots of different key words and cannot find anything like this online anywhere. Do you have any other suggestions to find one? Do you have the brand name or product ID # so I can call Hobby Lobby online store? Thanks, Holly

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Destri December 16, 2011 at 8:59 pm

I know, I have looked all over online for this color too and can’t find it for anyone. I can actually pull that image and zoom in to get the ID# and brand, I will let you know what I find. The only other thing I can think of would be Amazon, a lot of times they will carry this kind of stuff, just let me get the details and I will check it out too. Talk soon!

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Rebekah January 28, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Thanks so much for sharing this great tutorial! I made a bracelet tonight and posted photos on my blog. You can view the post here: http://www.twinkleandtwine.com/2012/01/fabric-covered-button-fun.html. Thanks again!

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Destri January 29, 2012 at 7:59 pm

I love love the fabric you chose! I think I like yours better :) Thanks so much for sharing!

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Katie February 16, 2012 at 9:04 pm

The bracelets are super cute – but it took trial and error for me to get it right. My Hobby Lobby only had the flat setting bracelet and my first attempt was a disaster! The 5/8 covered buttons were too big to fit on the bracelet the way the settings were placed and the jewelry glue I bought did not set immediately so the buttons kept sliding off. Plus, the buttons were too deep to fit on the flat settings of the bracelet. My solution was to glue regular buttons to the inside of the fabric covered button to take away the recess. I also went with the bezel setting bracelet and used hot glue. Problems solved! I will post a pic once I finish it :) Thanks again for the great idea!

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Betty April 22, 2012 at 7:57 pm

I just pinned your bracelet tutorial from Pinterest!! Thanks for sharing. I will probably add matching seed beeds to some of my fabric before making my buttons. This would definitely add interest (and sparkle) to the bracelet.

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Destri April 23, 2012 at 6:55 pm

OH Betty, I hope you send me some pics! And thanks so much for sharing on Pinterest!

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Ann H. April 27, 2012 at 12:47 pm

I couldn’t find any bracelets here, no Hobby Lobby. But the ones on Etsy have flat backs so I hope they work as well. I’ve already covered my buttons, now I need the bracelets. These are ADORABLE! Thank you!
Ann

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Ann H. April 27, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Oh, and a question: on Etsy they have the bracelets but they are 1/2″, could I still use the 5/8″ button covers or will they be too big???
Thanks!
Ann

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Destri April 28, 2012 at 6:20 am

Ann! I’m so excited, I just found the bracelet on Hobby Lobby:

http://shop.hobbylobby.com/store/item.aspx?ItemId=157510

As for the other size, it would probably be too big, but you can get buttons in that size to use.

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Ann H. April 28, 2012 at 7:25 am

Thank you so much!!!!! I just went to that site and ordered 3 of the bracelets. So nice of you to find that for me!!!!! I can’t wait to make them. I’ll send you pictures when they are done.
Ann :)

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debbie May 6, 2012 at 8:34 am

Thank you for sharing this great idea and making it look so simple that I am actually going to go and make one. I already have the flat back bracelets and the covered buttons is such a neat addition. I didn’t realize how easy the buttons were to make. Thanks so much!

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Destri May 8, 2012 at 7:04 pm

You’re welcome! but beware, those little buttons can become addicting :)

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Tomingo January 2, 2013 at 11:21 pm

This is a very nice idea. Thank you for sharing.
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