Fabric covered button hair tie tutorial

Frog button hair elastics

My 6-year-old son (Nathan) helped me with my market stall last Sunday. I thought it might be more interesting for him if he was also trying to sell something he created himself. The only thing I could think of was making some fabric covered button hair ties using some of my scrap fabric and some hair elastics. So that is what he did (with just a little help).

Nathan decided that we should take photos and make a tutorial, so here we go for our covered button hair tie tutorial using a manual fabric covered button making kit. Photos of the steps are at the end of the tutorial.

This is what you need to get started:
Woven interfacing (stops the metal from the button showing through the stretched fabric, not necessary on thick/densely woven fabrics)
Fabric covered button kit (mine includes a template, tools, button top and button back with shank)
Elastic hair elastic, preferably without a metal joiner

Step 1:
Using the template mark a circle showing where to cut your fabric using the template. The cut-out inner circle shows the part of your pattern that will be on your button. If you don’t have a template then just make sure that your circle is large enough to cover the button top, go over the edge and almost meet on the wrong side of the button top. Also mark a circle on the interfacing (if required).

Step 2:
Cut out your circles.

Step 3:
You now need your cut out circles, one button top, one back, and the two kit parts for constructing the button.

Step 4:
Place the fabric circle wrong side up on top of the button top mould (the larger kit part). Place the interfacing (the shiny, glue side up if you are using fusible interfacing) on top and push the button top into the part.

Step 5:
Check the fabric is in the right position by turning the button top over and looking through the clear plastic of the mould. If it is in the wrong position then pull it all out and start again.

Step 6:
Make sure the excess fabric is pressed into place and sitting neatly and evenly in the wrong side of the button top, then place the button back on top of the button top. Make sure that the shank is orientated the way you want it if your fabric design is directional.

Step 7:
Place the smaller kit part on top and press down firmly until the button back is in position.

Step 8:
Remove the button from the kit mould and thread a hair elastic through the shank. Try to ensure that the join in the hair tie is hidden at the back of the button.

Step 9:
Pull the hair elastic tight and admire your new fabric covered button hair tie.

Additional Information….
The only steps my son had trouble with were steps 4 and 7. He didn’t seem to have enough strength in his fingers to complete either of these steps without help (particularly pushing the back onto the button top), though I think he would be able to manage both soon with a bit more practice. We hope you liked our fabric covered button hair tie tutorial. Nathan had a lot of fun helping to create it, and he was also ecstatic to have sold 9 of his creations at the market. He loves to talk and had a ball selling our products (and I sincerely thank those of my friends and acquaintances who purchased from him).


Nathan with his hair elastics at the market

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