Posts Tagged ‘Buttons’

Covered Buttons

Friday, May 17th, 2019

Covered buttons are another type of button you might like to include on your Button Bonanza Sewing Competition entry, or one of your sewing projects.

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Covered buttons are fabric-covered forms with a separate back piece that secures the fabric over the knob.

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In 1250 covered buttons were originally the only buttons allowed by law for peasants to use and were called thread or cloth covered buttons.

Covered Button Jacket Vintage

In the 20th century, covered buttons hit their peak in popularity and in recent years are once again seen as the perfect way to create a polished, professional finish to a garment.

Covered Button Dress 01

Fabric covered buttons are more expensive to manufacture than a common plastic button.

Covered Button Jacket Chef

They are great to use when you want to make your buttons out of the same fabric as your garment, or use a contrasting or matching colour.

You will see covered buttons on a range of clothing from shirts, to skirts, dresses, jackets and, my favourite, beautiful silk covered buttons down the centre back of wedding dresses.

Covered Button Wedding Dress

Many sewing stores offer a service to make covered buttons for you. However if you would like to make your own, there are kits available.

Here is a video showing you how:

TIP: When making covered buttons with a printed fabric, be sure to take note of where the centre of your button will be placed when cutting.

Will you choose covered buttons for your next sewing project or your competition entry?

If you would like to enter our term 2 Button Bonanza sewing competition here’s how!


Simply design and sew a garment of clothing, a cushion, embroidery piece, hat, bag, scarf or toy etc with a minimum of 5 buttons, take pictures, write an inspirational story behind your entry and post on Facebook and tag Maree Pigdon. (current student category please drop off your entry at Rosewood Cottage).

Entries close Friday 28th June 2019.

We can’t wait to see what you make!

Terms & Conditions Apply.

If you would like to join our sewing classes you can book your place now at:

Our sewing classes are taught in a friendly, professional and uplifting environment.

We look forward to welcoming you into our sewing school!

Happy Sewing,

For more information contact:
Maree Pigdon Sewing Centre
M: +61 (0)447744776

Sewing Tour – The Button Queen London

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Hi Everyone,

Our next stop on our London 2012 Sewing Tour was ‘The Button Queen’ and yes as you guessed it a shop full of buttons!

Martyn Frith from The Button Queen welcomed us into his quaint button shop and shared some fabulous tips and showed us beautiful antique buttons!

The Button Queen is now run by Martyn and Isabel Frith, however the business was founded by Martyn’s mother, Toni, who was an antique dealer in the 1950′s! The Button Queen is the only shop in London that specialises in both modern and antique buttons.

Watch the video below where Martyn shows us some beautiful rose antique buttons and gives a great tip on getting the most out of antique or extra special buttons when sewing.

Martyn tells us about the history of The Button Queen and it came to be!

Learn all about the large variety of customers who shop at The Button Queen in the video below.

Martyn offers a fantastic service to not only local people in London but also all over the world. Watch the video below to discover how he might be able to help you!

Here are some photos of our visit to The Button Queen.

Jacqueline at The Button Queen

Textile Artwork of The Button Queen Store

Antique Buttons

So many buttons!

Thank you Martyn for a warm, welcoming and informative visit to The Button Queen.

We highly recommend visiting Martyn at The Button Queen next time you’re in London or ask him via email to help you with sourcing the perfect button for your next sewing project.

Please find below more information about The Button Queen

Address: 76 Marylebone Lane London W1U 2PR


Telephone: +44 (0) 207 935 1505


Please leave a comment below for us and Martyn, we would love to hear from you, how you liked this blog post, perhaps a special button you have or are looking for. Also if you’ve been to The Button Queen too or if it’s now on your list of places to visit!

Stay tuned for our next stop on our London 2012 Sewing Tour coming your way soon!

Happy Sewing,

Maree Pigdon Sewing Classes

For more information contact:
Maree Pigdon Sewing Centre
T: +61 3 5264 1666

Would you like to watch these videos on my You Tube channel? Sewing Tour – The Button Queen Interview with Martyn & Maree Pigdon