I'm working on a project for the new house (more to come on that later) that requires a number of matching buttons, but I couldn't find any that were exactly what I wanted. I considered getting a button maker, but then I remembered a tutorial over at Make It & Love It that was was exactly what I needed! For the full tutorial, click on over to Ashley's site (it has lots more cute stuff, I promise), but I'll show you roughly how I did it. I needed buttons, so I ordered a "Bucket O'Buttons" on Amazon:
It was a very pleasant surprise when they arrived - it only cost $8 but has a really nice selection of fairly good quality buttons, and some of them are really cute.
Since they're going to be covered anyway, I just sorted out 15 buttons that were about the same size and didn't worry about them matching:
The fabric to cover them was just a fat quarter that was $2 at my local fabric store. It has a nice, well defined pattern that should show up well on the finished product:
One of the bigger buttons in the bucket was the perfect size to trace, so I just used that as my template:
It didn't take too long before I had 15 little covers cut out!
Then I just took a needle and threaded plain white cotton thread through the circles, somewhat close to the edge, like so:
I repeated the process on each of the 14 buttons and after about 45 minutes, I had a perfect matching set!
I'm really happy with the results; for less than the cost of buying 15 already made buttons that I only kind of liked, I got a bunch of matching ones in the perfect fabric! Not to mention the instant gratification aspect...I might need to make a few more just for the fun of it :P.