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Fabric button badges



I love embroidery and I love badges, so this little project is perfect as it combines the two! It’s also a really good way of using up fabric scraps – I hate having random little bits of lovely fabric left over with no idea what to use them for. I’ve made these badges using coverable buttons – the small one is 29mm and the larger one is 38mm – and they are so versatile. I’ve got lots of ideas for these badges, so look out for more projects to come soon!


You can get a tool to make coverable buttons, but the biggest size on the tool is 29mm. I was worried that this would be a problem, but the larger buttons are really easy to pop together so it doesn’t matter. When choosing fabric small patterns work best, and I’ve chosen contrasting colours so that the embroidery stands out. To mark out the letters you could use an invisible pen (mine disappeared too fast for me to be able to see it!) – here I used some parchment paper and embroidered through it as I find this much easier. This paper is actually baking parchment but it makes amazing pattern paper – this is my top sewing tip! 🙂




You will need:

Metal self-cover buttons (I found these on Ebay)
Parchment or pattern paper
A pencil
Some fabric and embroidery thread
Sharp scissors
Needle and pins
Some brooch backs


Step 1:


Remove the wire from the inside of the front of the button, and draw around it on the the parchment/pattern paper, leaving a bit of room around the edge. Then write your word(s) so it fits inside the circle (don’t go too close to the edge – and keep your word choice short enough for your button size!). Cut out the paper and pin onto your fabric.




You may wish to use an embroidery hoop to keep the fabric steady – I find it easier to hold a smaller piece, so I cut it out. Do whatever works for you!


Step 2:


Thread the needle with your chosen colour cotton and then sew over the letters. I prefer to use a split stitch, but you could use any you like as long as the letter is clear.




Make sure that when you change a thread, tie a knot and trim the excess as close as you can to the fabric.


Step 3:


Carefully remove the parchment paper. You may need to hold on to your stitches at times! Use tweezers to remove any small, tricky pieces.




Step 4:

Place the fabric face-down on a flat surface, and then line up the front of the button over the embroidery. Hook the excess fabric over the back of the button and adjust as necessary. Once lined up, place the back of the button over the top and pop into place.




Step 5:

Very carefully, use the superglue to attach the brooch back to the button, making sure that it is horizontal in relation to the embroidery. Make sure that you don’t get any on your fingers! Leave to try for a few minutes.




There will be a little bit of discolouration with the superglue, but it is on the back so who will know?! I’ve tried loads of other glues and none of them hold, so this is the best option by far!


That’s it – as soon as the glue is dry, your badge is ready to wear! There are so many options with this project, and the possibilities are endless. I have some others in the making but I can’t share them with you just yet…you’ll have to keep looking out for them! 🙂

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  1. Boomdeeadda on March 2, 2014 at 3:56 am

    Those turned out really cute Clare. I like the little flowers on the floral pattern. I actually have some of those blank metal buttons. I need to get busy.

    • Clare on March 2, 2014 at 2:13 pm

      Thank you! They are really simple to make 🙂 I’ve made some with little phrases that only me and my friends will understand – they will be gobbledygook to everyone else but that’s part of the fun! I’d love to see your badges when they’re done! I’m actually going to make a dress out of the fabric I used for the smaller button 🙂 yay!X

  2. fallfromgrace349 on March 2, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    So cute! 🙂

  3. Louise on February 18, 2021 at 11:49 am

    Hey, I’ve been so excited to make these using your links. However, the button back doesn’t pop into the button front. It simply doesn’t “go”.

    Did you use a button press ?

    Thanks in advance. 🙂

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