Miniature Millinery: Graduation Caps, Making Covered Buttons

Hi Everyone, I'm Shari Fuller from Thimbles and Acorns. Welcome to part two our Miniature Millinery series on the Mortarboard Cap. If you look at the top of a mortarboard cap, you will see that there is a small fabric covered button attached to the center of the mortarboard.

Not only does this button add a modest bit of decoration to the otherwise nondescript top, it also has functional purposes in helping secure the top to the cap AND providing a place to hang the tassel from. We'll talk more about the tassels next time. Today, we are going to
focus on making this cloth covered button.

Normally, I would use a cloth covered button blank to make my cloth covered
buttons, however, I moved into a new sewing studio a little while back and now I can't find my box of button blanks. No worries though, this just gives me an opportunity to show you how to make a cloth covered button from a standard shank or flat button.

Materials List

For this Project you will need:

  • Scrap of fabric from your Mortarboard Cap
  • A plain 1/2” wide shank or flat button
  • A plain flat button for inside the cap
  • Thread
  • Buttonhole
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Round toothpick
  • Tape measure
  • Fabric Marker
  • Scissors

Looking for another use for a cloth covered button? You can find these featured int he Thimbles and Acorns Carrie patterns too!


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