Button tufting 101 in three easy steps
Do you remember this corner bench I built from a headboard?
Easy Button Tufting using Screws
What I hadn’t showed you was 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 I trimmed the wooden triangle seat on the table saw, then put all the foam, batting and fabric back together.
I decided I wanted to so some button tufting on it. This tutorial using screws project was featured on Catch as Catch Can. My friend Stephanie has her own way of cheating using staples.
I decided to combine the two techniques.
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 small screw for easy button tufting
I started a screw (with a washer) right next to the staple. Stapling it first totally eliminated any snagging while I was securing the screw and washer. This picture shows the partially secured screw, I of course finished drilling it in after this picture.
Apply button cover to 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 is, and pushed the button down into the puddle. 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 couple of times, but I didn’t have this kit before. OMG, it was so easy this time.
These are the type of buttons I used, and I LOVE how easy it was to cover them. Cut the fabric via the pattern from the package, place the fabric 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 in in tact.
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 decided to make a couple of no-sew pillows for it. But after making one pillow and trying it out, I think it really is too large.
I really hope you try this technique, it is so easy. Or, maybe you already have tried, one or both of these cheat options? Do tell!
If you love this headboard bench, see my favorite Mission Style Bed Bench with Storage