Tutorial: Fabric Covered Button Earrings

by Sam

in Tutorials

This project is so easy and fun to create.  All you need is a few key materials from your craft store to make a bunch of these earrings in no time.  They are a great way to use up small scraps of fabric from your stash as well.

Tools:

Jewelry Pliers
E-6000 Glue
Scissors (not pictured)

Materials:

Covered Button Kit (mine is #14 – 1/2″)
A scrap of fabric
Earrings Posts
Earring Backs

Gather your materials.  This kit from DMC includes the materials you will need to cover your button successfully.  I chose the smallest size available (1/2″) but feel free to choose a larger size for larger earrings.

Start by opening up your kit.  On the back of the kit you will find a template.  Cut this out and then cut out two of the circles from your fabric (one for each earring.)  When looking for fabric either choose a solid color or a print with a very small pattern.  Typically a dense polka dot, stripe, or hounds tooth pattern like this one work best.

Following the instructions on the package, cover your button with the fabric.  Before pushing the pusher down to cover the top of your button your layers should look like the photo above.

Once your button is pushed it will look like this, with the fabric bunched up around the sides.

Using your fingernail, push in the sides of the fabric into the center of the button.

Next, you’ll want to take the hook off of your backing piece before adding it to your covered button top.  The easiest way I’ve found to do this is to use a pair of pliers to squeeze the hook piece together.  You can then pull it out of the holes in the backing.

Using the pusher snap the back piece into your covered button.  You will feel it snap into place so keep pushing if you don’t.

Use some E-6000 glue to glue an earring post to the back of the button and let it dry.

Repeat the process for your other earring and you now have an adorable, one of a kind pair of earrings.  I can’t wait to make these in all different colors.  Using the kit you can make 3 pairs of earrings so go ahead and make some more for yourself!

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1 Jennifer August 9, 2012 at 12:21 pm

I love how these are both vintage and trendy!

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2 masome August 31, 2013 at 9:27 am

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