I love covered buttons. They just make a design look so pulled-together. The problem is that that directions on the back of the covered button kits are a little bit less than useful. They’re actually kinda bad. So for anyone who has ever wondered, here’s the sitch….
You will need:
- Scraps of fabric
- Covered button kit
Here’s how you do:
I interfaced the fabric I’m using for this button, btw, because my fabric is a stretchy wool crepe. I do not want it to stretch while I’m working, because I don’t want the silver from the base to shine through.
This is where things start to get frustrating. Smoothing a flat piece of fabric over a round item leads to wrinkles unless you pull. Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of working room inside the darned button. I find it easiest to work in 1/4″ increments – move 1/4″ from the last set of teeth to sink into fabric, pull fabric straight up and secure with teeth, then go back and work fabric into the remaining teeth in the 1/4″ area being worked.
The package suggests that using a pencil eraser will help with this process. So I tried it, because I was tired of little button teeth chewing on my fingers. I experienced a profound lack of success. Your mileage may vary…
I feel like I really should have used a smaller sciss-ing device there, but the trusty Fiskars were right there…
If only I needed just one…. Le sigh. A seamstress’ work is never done.