Custom Patterns for Fabric Buttons

If you love making fabric buttons, you probably know all the best places to look for fabrics. It’s easy to order online from the comfort of your home, and you can always make a quick trip to your local fabric shop for last-minute supplies. A multitude of fabrics are available for your shopping pleasure, but this may not always be enough. What if you know exactly what you want, but you can’t find it anywhere? Looking through endless pages of fabrics can get monotonous, even with the best search features in place. In some cases, you may need to match a pattern or color more closely to make your project perfect. You might even need a pattern that only exists in your mind. Fortunately, that’s not a problem. You can simply create and buy your own custom fabrics online.

Custom Fabric Button Patterns

Custom Fabrics at Your Fingertips

It’s not as difficult as you might think to make your own fabrics. Several websites offer professional, user-friendly service. Here are a few you may want to try.

  • Spoonflower.com offers a selection of 12 fabrics that includes silk, organic cotton and linen blend options. Pricing starts at only $15.75 per yard, and you can even get a discount with larger orders.
  • Fabric On Demand is another promising supplier. With no minimum order requirement and personalized service, it is ideal for small-scale projects. U.S. shipping is only $5, and you have 15 fabric types to browse.
  • Jumpcolor.net offers dozens of natural fabric options, Eco-friendly textile printing and prices ranging from $16 to $32 per yard with no minimum order.

Design Possibilities: The Sky’s the Limit

Imagine your favorite team’s colors, family tartan, seasonal greeting or favorite cartoon character on custom buttons you create. If you develop and sell themed products for profit, the possibilities for unique branding and marketing projects are endless. To get started, simply envision your fabric design, and let your favorite graphics program work its magic. Most sites allow you to simply upload your custom designs for simple, no-fuss ordering.

Make Buttons with Quality Equipment and Supplies

Fabric-covered buttons are a unique and impressive element you can incorporate into custom crafts, upholstery, jewelry and many other cool projects. For smaller batches, our self-cover fabric buttons are affordable and easy to use. If you need large-scale production, check out our Fabric Button Machine and make up to 120 buttons every hour.

Packaging Inspiration for Fabric Button Earrings

 Fabric button earrings are some of the most popular items made using our fabric covered buttons.

If you plan on selling these types of earrings at flea markets, street fairs, or even Etsy, you should consider professional looking packaging.

Here is a round up of packaging used by some Etsy sellers.

You may notice a pattern with the packaging below – a lot of kraft style paper. A great resource for that stye of paper is Kraft Outlet. In my opinion, Brown Kraft Shipping Tags would also make an excellent choice for packaging. Purchase a custom rubber stamp with your logo, kraft paper, and you are well on your way to professional looking packaging.

 

Spring Flowers – Pink, Blue, White, Yellow and Orange from Lovable Llama

Lovable Llama

 

Tweedy from jewlswashere

Made By Jewls

 

Small Blue Leaves Earring Studs from Atticus & Cole

Atticus & Cole

 

Nautical Theme Anchor Earrings by Button Willow Crafts

Button Willow Crafts

 

Woodsy Fabric Button Earrings from The Vintage Acorn

Vintage Acorn

 

New Product: Fabric Button Machine

Making hundreds of self-cover fabric buttons by hand can be pretty daunting. Cutting out the fabric circles is time consuming and if you want to make fabric buttons with heavy fabric, that can be very difficult.

Today, we solve those problems. Introducing the Fabric Button Machine.

Stop making buttons by hand. This machine can produce 90 fabric buttons per hour.

fabric-button-machine-only

 

How does this machine work?

Watch the video below to see how easy it is to use.

 

The dies of the machine are interchangeable. We offer dies in 6 different sizes. These die sets are available for average weight fabric and heavy weight fabric.

Size 22 (9/16″)
Size 24 (5/8″)
Size 30 (3/4″)
Size 36 (7/8″)
Size 45 (1 1/8″)
Size 60 (1 1/2″)

When you purchase a die set, you also get a cutter. This cutter can cut multiple fabric circles at once. We demonstrate how it works in the video above.

 

Fabric Button Machine Cutter

 

What’s Included in our Complete Package?

If you are in need of a machine, die set, and buttons, then we have a deal for you.

  • Fabric Button Machine
  • Die Set
  • Cutter and Nylon Block
  • 720 Buttons (5 Gross)

Visit our Fabric Button Machine page for details on pricing.

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How to Make a Fabric Button with Your Button Maker

Did you know you can make buttons & pocket mirrors that have fabric on them? It is a little bit of a process but the results will impress you!

First of all, make sure your fabric isn’t too thick otherwise it may jam your machine and be a nightmare to remove. Rule of thumb for me is if it won’t easily fit through my graphic punch it is too thick or not a good idea.

Here is the easiest method I have found to make fabric buttons that don’t fray!

You will need

  • Fabric
  • Labels
  • Scissors
  • Graphic Punch (or can be cut by hand)

1) Take your fabric and apply a label onto the back of it. You can use any ‘thin’ kind of label, reuse old labels or stick a bunch of address labels on until you have covered the area of your fabric you will be cutting.

Apply Label to Back of Fabric

2) What the label does it makes the fabric a little sturdier, or more like paper so that it will lay flat and not bunch up in your cutter. Cut your fabric so it fits into the graphic punch, use sharp scissors if at all possible this will help the fabric from fraying any further.

Cutting Out Fabric with Graphic Punch

Cutting Out Fabric

If you aren’t using a graphic punch, use an already cut circle to draw your guide on the labels already on your fabric then cut out carefully. 

Cutting Out Fabric Circles By Hand

3) Load your button maker with the shell, your fabric, and pinback. Don’t use the mylar when making a fabric button, it will be too thick and also ruin the feel of the fabric

Making a Fabric Button with Tecre Button Maker

 

4) Press the fabric and shell, and then stop! Run your finger along the upper die that now has the shell and the fabric in it. Because there isn’t any mylar the press may not fully crimp the extra fabric underneath the pinback. So gently push the excess fabric up and flatten it out as best as possible.

 Press The Fabric and Shell

Push The Fabric Down

Here is a view of my button maker upside down so you can visually see I’m doing. This is the extra fabric that needs to be flattened out, once you make the button the pinback will hide the excess fabric.

5) Now you can finishing pressing your pinback button. When it is done you should double check the edges but they should be perfect! Fabric buttons are great, even better is fabric pocket mirrors! Make your pocket mirrors the same way as you always do, just omitting the mylar and you will have beautiful gifts!

Completed Fabric Button - Back Completed Fabric Button - Front

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