Embroidered Button MagnetsI was inspired for this craft by the Etsy store SeptemberHouse who makes embroidered magnets that show off different stitches. While I love the stitch idea, I wanted to to try something a little different so I made one that says Joy and another that is a bouquet of flowers.

Embroidered Button Magnets SuppliesWhat You’ll Need:

  • Fabric button covers (the larger the better, the small ones are just too much trouble)
  • Fabric 9 in square (I used linen, but you could use anything mid weight)
  • Magnets
  • Hot glue gun
  • Embroidery hoop, needle and floss
  • Disappearing ink pen
  • Pinking shears (optional if your fabric doesn’t easily fray)

On the back of the package containing the buttons, there should be a template letting you know how much fabric it suggests you cut out to use for your button. Use the template to draw out your circles on the fabric using the disappearing ink pen being careful to not draw them too close to the edge since you will be putting the fabric in a hoop. After your first circles are drawn, grab the button cover itself and place it in the center of your circle and make another trace around the cover itself, this will give you a better idea of what fabric will be seen on the button so you can be sure to place your design correctly. As for the design, you can just draw or write whatever you like or use an embroidery design template. The crucial thing is to be sure your design is small enough to fit into the center circle.

Once the design is done, place the fabric in your hoop and embroider your heart out. When you are finished, trim around the outer most circle using your pinking shears and follow the manufacturer instructions on your button covers to snap them together. Depending on your button cover, you may want to press down the loop in the back so you have a more level surface in the back of the button. Fire up your glue gun and attach a magnet to the back and you’re done.

Embroidered Button Magnets

Embroidered Button Magnets

If you’re not into embroidery, these would be equally cute just featuring some of your favorite fabrics.

Note: I used the super strong magnets and I would advise against that. They are really way too strong and may make it easier for the magnets break off from the button cover. I think those super magnets are made for keep two 18 wheelers attached togther – they are THAT strong.