Fabric Covered Button Magnet Tutorial

Recently I have been accumulating large bags of fabric scraps since I have been sewing my little heart out over the last several months.  Some of the fabric is just gorgeous, but what to do with the little scraps?  So I decided, what better way to enjoy the fabric that I love so dearly then to make fabric covered button magnets and have these little gems on my fridge year-round.

I’ve seen these for sale on etsy.com, so I thought I would give it a go at making my own.  There are many tutorials out there on the web for making these, but I thought I would show you how I went about making mine.

Fabric Covered Button Magnet Tutorial
Covered Button Kit (7/8″)
7/8″ uncovered buttons (aka 36)
Fabric Scraps
Craft glue
Plain round magnets
Cut circles of fabric according the the cardboard template that comes with the covered button kit.
Remove the shank from the back of the button with pliers.  You will remove this because you will need a flat surface to adhere your magnet.
Cover your button.
Place a dab of strong craft glue onto the back of the covered button.
Place magnet on top of glue and allow to set overnight.  As you can see, the 7/8″ buttons work perfectly with your standard round magnets!
Now you have a beautiful set of custom covered button magnets for your fridge or anywhere else in your home that has a magnetic surface. Enjoy!
Cottage Mama’s Note:  To give these as a gift, use coordinating designer fabric.  I used Heather Bailey’s “Freshcut” and Mary Engelbreit’s “Recipe for Friendship” for two separate sets.

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  1. I love it! I make these buttons all the time for hair clips but I never thought of making them into magnets.

  2. I’ve tried this before and it is adictive. Now if I could just buy the button parts in bulk!

  3. What size are your magnets?

  4. What size are your magnets?