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Make Fabric-Covered Singleton Buttons

How-tos for creating custom closures
Threads #224, Winter 2023

You are putting the final touch on that beautiful tailored jacket or that classic coat. Now is the time to choose buttons, but you don’t find any to your liking. They are too small, too big, too bulky, too embellished, or the wrong color. I’ve got a solution for you: Make your own buttons.

I’ll show you how to make Singleton buttons from your own fashion fabric. This type of button appears on high-end tailored garments from well-known brands. They are chic and discreet and they provide a special couture touch. They are easy to make and require readily available materials.

Next time you’re seeking the perfect button to set off your garment, stop scrolling the online shops or searching the local stores and try this quick and fun technique.

Select Supplies

All you need to make these buttons are rings, thread, and fabric. For longevity, pick materials compatible with the garment’s future care.

Rings form the base

Rings can be found easily online. Search for brass rings, loose-leaf binder rings, craft rings, or tiny stitch marker rings. If you search for curtain rings, make sure each ring is a perfect circle with a smooth surface all around.

Ring material and care. They can be made of brass, other metal, or plastic. Consider the washing method and frequency for your final garment. Make a couple test buttons and wash them to verify how they withstand washing. Consider also that metal can rust. If you will wash your garment often, plastic would be better. However, if you use plastic, be mindful when pressing the garment not to melt the ring.

Color. Ring color doesn’t matter as long as it doesn’t show through the fashion fabric; be sure  any surface paint or dye will not bleed through…

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