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Leather Covered Buttons

clarkebmc | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

I have been inspired by David Coffin’s article, a while back, on tailoring a man’s overcoat. So I will attempt to construct an overcoat

What I would really like is to be able to reproduce the beautiful leather covered buttons shown in that article.

Would anyone know how to construct leather convered buttons?

I have consulted Nancy Nehring’s book “50 Heirloom Buttons to Make “, but nothing there seems appropriate.

Any pointers would be appreciated.



  1. Iris_Colo | | #1

    I've only made cloth covered buttons from the kit you can get at Joann's but I don't think that would work for leather.  The bottom shank portion fits pretty snuggly into the top portion and I don't imagine that leather fabric would fit.

    1. CTI | | #2

      I wonder if buying two sizes and mixing them would work to make them fit?

  2. Elisabeth | | #3

    You might try an upholstery supply type of place where the covered buttons are more heavy duty and sometimes leather covered.

    Back in the day my dad wore some thicker wool jackets or coats with some really wonderful heavy leather covered buttons that were quarter inch leather strips woven for an interesting texture. I wonder if those are still sold, maybe in the UK if not here.

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