Buttons are functional – everyone knows that. But beaded buttons are the most functional. They function as a decorative element as well as as a fastener.
Here are 3 easy ways to make your own beaded buttons. One is to cover a button with beads and the other methods cover a button with beaded fabric.
Related post : How to convert a bead into a button.
Keep ready a thin beading needle and good quality beading thread for making your beaded buttons.
Method 1. Cover a chunky button with beads
To make this button, you need a large wooden button and seed beads. Measure the length of the button from hole to hole and string beads to match this. I took 10 seed beads for my button.
Take this to the back of the thread. Insert the needle back through the beads as in the picture below – excluding the first and the last beads. (you will be coming back through the beads). See picture.
Now turn back the needle and go through the last bead (No.10) in the reverse direction. Picture below.
This will give a single tassel. Make several of these – you can make them individually and then bring them together with a needle and thread or make them continously one by one on the same thread.
Bring them together into a circle.
Apply a little glue and keep the bead on top of the circle. Wait sometime for the glue to dry.
Insert needle and thread through the outer beads – through all the tentacles.
Tighten the thread to cover the bead completely with your strings of beads. Tie a secure knot.
Here is your beaded bead.
You can use this as a button. Learn how to sew a button here.
To make a shank use a silk or polyester buttonhole twist thread and attach it to the garment.
Method 2 . Beaded fabric button
Cut out a circle-shaped medium weight fabric piece that is 3/4 inches bigger all around than the button. If you are using a button kit you can use the template given with the kit.
Cut out an interfacing paper (very thin paper-thin interfacing) as well in the same shape. Attach the interfacing to the fabric.
You can use all kinds of beads on your button/beaded bead.
Mark a circle around the button on the back – on the interfacing.
If you are not using a button but a cardboard to make the button mark it a size between 1/2 inch to 1-1/2 inch – depending on your use.
Stitch around this circle with a running stitch – this will give the marking line on the front.
Fill the circle with bead embroidery stitches.
You can cut off the interfacing paper around the beaded area – you do not want the thickness outside the beaded circle.
Make a running stitch around the outer edge of the circle. Keep the button top inside and gather the edge around the form. Keep the button back and snap it in place. (or however your kit specifies)
Use other beads and fabrics to make variations of these beautiful buttons.
Method 3 Embroidered beaded buttons
You can add beads after doing embroidering on the fabric.
Make embroidery stitches on fabric which is interfaced.
You may want more than one beaded button – ensure that they are all made the same way – for this a little bit of planning will be needed. Make exact same designs, draw grid lines for attaching beads accurately.