Everyone loves a good hack; how about this awesome button tufting hack done in three easy steps?
Do you remember this corner bench I built from a headboard?
Easy Button Tufting using Screws
I hadn’t shown you that I attempted to upholster it with a button tufting technique, but I left too much overhang on the seat in the front. (wood seat) I had to remove all of the staples and foam and start over. After trimming the wooden triangle seat on the table saw, I put all the foam, batting, and fabric back together.
I decided I wanted to do some button tufting on it. I saw a tutorial using screws, but I added an extra step that makes this button tufting hack even easier.
Mark button areas and shoot a staple
It seemed easiest to make little marks where I wanted my buttons to go; then, I shot a small staple through all the layers into the wooden seat.
Add a washer and a small screw for easy button tufting
I started a screw (with a washer) right next to the staple. Stapling it first eliminated any snagging while securing the screw and washer as it held the material in place.
This picture shows the partially secured screw; I finished drilling it in after this picture.
Apply button cover to the area with a glue gun
You can see the tight hold the screw and washer make. I made a puddle of hot glue where the screw was and pushed the button down into the hot glue. I did have to hold it for quite a while. If you use this technique, be careful; the button gets very hot.
Covering buttons with drop cloth material
Now, about the buttons…have you ever covered your own buttons? I have a few times, but I didn’t have this kit before. OMG, it was so easy this time.
These are the types of buttons I used, and I LOVE how easy it was to cover them. Cut the fabric via the pattern from the package, place it in the white mold, insert the top of the button, fold the fabric over into the circle, place the other part of the button on top, and use the blue pusher to make it all come together. Removing the shank seemed the best way to do this. When, in fact, I realized that it was best to leave it intact.
Voila! I LOVE how it looks with the upholstered, button-tufted seat.
Button tufted corner bench made from a headboard
Now you know the absolute EASIEST way to cheat on button tufting. No holes drilled, no long needles, with all that string tied and stapled on the underneath side. Easy Peasy Button Tufting in 3 simple steps.
While the bench was stored in the garage, I made a couple of no-sew pillows for it. But after making one pillow and trying it out, I think it is too large.
I hope you try this technique; it is so easy. Or, maybe you already have tried one or both of these cheat options? Do tell!
Be sure to check out my Easy Coffee Table Bench with Button Tufting Project
If you love this headboard bench, see my favorite Mission Style Bed Bench with Storage
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.