Fabric Button Tufted Headboard


We received an email from a customer that has finished a custom upholstered headboard using our Size 45 Fabric Buttons – Loop Back. Her project was a tufted headboard completed with fabric buttons from Button Biz. She says:

My project turned out great. I did a tufted headboard. Here are some photos for you.

The only tip I have is that I used a heavier upholstery grade fabric. So, when I went to make the buttons I found that I needed to use a rubber mallet to ensure they were secure.  This was especially important because I knew the tufting process would put stress on the finished buttons.  I found that it was easiest to set up the button, put the plastic button making tool on top, hold it in place with a flat putty knife and then tap it with the rubber mallet until secure.  It must be a rubber mallet, because a regular hammer would bend the buttons.  There was a slight learning curve to this and I smashed one of the button making tools before I figured out what worked best. I am glad that I ordered two button making tools so I had a spare one on hand!.  I would definitely use these again for future projects.


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Starting your own Button Making Business: With Etsy!

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Starting your own button business has never been easier, with Etsy.
Now that you have your button making machine, why not start selling your creations online?! You can easily create your own business! There are a few different online sites that will allow you to sell items such as Ebay, Shopify, DaWanda, and finally Etsy.

I’ve had success with Etsy – I recommend you give it a try. Now is the best time to open up your store because you can get 40 listings free (regularly listings are $0.20 each and last for 4 months). Sign up using my link, HERE.

I’ve chosen Etsy to focus on because it is a social and community based eCommerce site. You will find tons of opportunities to interact with other users, promote your goods, and most importantly, communicate with your customer. Conversations or ‘Convos,’ are the easiest way for buyers to ask sellers questions or request custom items. We’ll go deeper into this later-for now let’s stick to the basics of opening your Etsy shop.

Quick information about the fees associated with selling on Etsy; most sites will charge you something or a percentage. When you list an item it costs $0.20, and when you sell an item Etsy will charge you an additional fee of 3.5% of the item cost. Etsy now has direct deposit, to make things easier. You can setup a chequing/savings account to your Etsy account and any profits you make will be directly deposited, they do charge a fee for this service as well. If you prefer you can still use PayPal to receive funds.

Naming your shop on EtsyStep 1: Pick a shop name!
Come up with a shop name that you love, is easy to spell and remember, and a name you can grow with. You may start doing buttons but add more products in future. Think hard!

Etsy Screenshot: Listing an Item

Be unique, use short as well as specific keywords to help your products be found!

Step 2: List an item!
You can now list your first item, if you need to change this later, you can. Start by telling Etsy what category your button belongs in, what it relates to, and when it was made. You will then want to add in your pricing. Setting shipping rates for different countries is easy

and any variations available. This is a newer feature to Etsy, you can now have multiple items

with different pricing under listings, for example, I have put pinback buttons and keychains. You can then go on to add other variations like colour, sizes, and create your own. Add a title for your listing.

Think of titles a searching tool for search engines and Etsy- you’ll want to add in extra info so it can be found easily. Most importantly, add in your photograph of your product; include a coin/ruler to show the size. Don’t forget to fill out the description with information about your Etsy Screenshot: Setting Shipping Chargesbutton, the size and maybe even a little about your process. Make sure to use all 13 keywords to have your buttons found on Etsy. Think outside the box, be creative! Finally, add the quantity available for the users to buy, and the shipping information.

Step 3:  Getting Paid!
Etsy has different payment methods you can use. You will need to fill out some banking information for Etsy to be able to direct deposit right into your chequing/debit account. You can use Direct Deposit. Make sure to check with your bank, if there would be any extra fees associated with this. Or you can click the ‘Other Payment Options’ button and the choices are Paypal, Money Order, Personal Cheque, Other. Whatever methods you choose always make sure you’ve received the payment prior to shipping an order.

Step 4: Billing!
As discussed earlier Etsy will charge you listings fees and transaction fees so you’ll need a credit card in order to pay for them.

Make sure to familiarize yourself with Etsy’s Terms of Use; as they have specific rules about what you can sell and other important information you should know.

Step 5: Tell your buyers about yourself!
open1x8If you look in the top right hand corner you’ll see ‘Shop Settings,’ click on that and it will take you to a page that shows your public profile. In that space you can tell your buyers a little about yourself. The ‘Info & Appearance’ tab is where you can upload a shop banner, link Twitter & Facebook, create a welcome message for customers and include a thank you message to your buyers!
Next is the Shop Policies, this is the spot to be detailed and inform your customers about key things:

  •     Payment Policies – Custom orders could require a deposit, or you only ship items when you’ve received the payment.
  • Shipping – If you only ship on Fridays, or you ship every day, let them know! Also, you could let them know how you are shipping their goods with USPs or Canada Post.
  •     Refunds & Exchanges –How you will handle refunds or exchanges. Does the customer pay the return shipping to exchange an item? Or perhaps refunds will only be given if items are damaged/defective.

You’ve also got a spot at the bottom to put any additional information, like contact info.
Finally you have Shop Sections, this allows you to divide up your store however you like. You can sort your products by theme, size or just keep custom options separate.

Step 6: Open your store!
Go ahead and make your store live! Be patient it takes time to get lots of sales and views to your store.

Next post I’ll focus on using Etsy’s social tools to get you noticed, more traffic and learn more about all Etsy has to offer you.
Any questions, need a bit of help, feel free to Convo me on Etsy! @BayleafButtons

Fabric Button Magnet Tutorial

For Valentine’s Day last year, Jess over at Craftiness is not Optional posted a great idea.

Since it’s almost Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d post a link to her fabric button magnet tutorial. Fabric covered magnets are great for refrigerators – it looks a little better than the two year old calendar you got from your realtor.

Fabric Covered Button Magnets

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

Tips for Making Buttons Fast

Now you have your button maker and need to make a lot of buttons for a customer or event, use these tips and you’ll be making them lightning fast!


Cut out your button images first:

Having all your button images cut and ready to go will help you speed through the button making process. As you are cutting your images make sure to put them down in the same direction. This will eliminate you having to rotate or adjust the image when you put it on top of the shell.

Cut Your Buttons First


Keep everything within arm’s reach!

Setup your button press on a sturdy table and have a comfortable place to sit, and then get your supplies ready! Put a handful of shells on the left side of your button press, and the pinbacks on the right. This makes putting buttons together quickly as everything is close by.

How to Make Buttons Fast

I personally like to have a few image circles in my left hand, and have the mylar on top of them instead of taking them out of the bag or laying them on a table. Take the image circles from the back, then take the mylar from the top.


Find a position!

By that I mean find your preferred button making method. If you like to work horizontally with your button maker like so.

Find a Position


Or vertically like this- that’s great! Just remember your method and keep at it-soon you won’t really have to think about how the parts go in, you’ll do it automatically.


Don’t get distracted!

If you are in the middle of making a button and your phone rings, finish your button! If you get distracted enough and forget you have part of a button in your upper die, and go to make another one— you could inadvertently jam your machine and we don’t want that!


Maintenance Tip#1

Notice you button making not moving smoothly when you rotate the die table? You’ll need to use some silicon lubricant to get it moving just right!

Tutorial: DIY Fabric Covered Earrings

Alana over at Sunshine and Bones posted a tutorial on how to make fabric covered earrings.

Fabric Covered Earrings - Tutorial

She purchased her buttons at Joann Fabric. Joann is great resource if you only need to make a couple buttons.

If you need to make more than just a few fabric buttons, then consider ordering from us.

We don’t sell accessories for our fabric buttons so if you are looking for earring findings, check out the resources below.

Fire Mountain Gems – Earring Findings

Artbeads – Earring Findings


Do you have a company where you order your earring posts from? Let us know.