Cute as a Button

Make your own covered-button hair ties with this simple tutorial from the makers at Nic & Figs.

Living in Oregon, we know we have until July to enjoy the lovely rain that brings so much beauty and green. What we may not love are the gray skies and what our hair looks like after running around town. So how to keep our locks nice and neat, and add some color to our gray day at the same time? Covered button hair ties! After making just one you’ll realize how quick this DIY project is, and it’s a money-saver too (pretty hair ties can be expensive!). I have included two versions of this project, one no-sew version for the younger set, and a simple embroidery option for ages 6 and older. This is a great project to do with your younger child to build up their hand/eye coordination! And it would be fun to do as a birthday party project for older girls.

No-sew covered button hair tie

Fabric scraps
Dritz Covered Button Kit (7/8″ is my preference but they are available in many sizes, but make sure not to buy the refill kit).
Elastic hair tie


1. Cut out the stencil and place the stencil on the fold of the fabric (A). Follow along the stencil and cut out the fabric (B).

2. Place the fabric on top of the the white plastic mold, right side of fabric down.

3. Push the top of the button onto the fabric until it drops in the mold (C).

4. Place the back of the button on top of the fabric. Place the blue top on top of the back of the button and push until you hear a quiet “pop.”

5. Take the button out of the mold.


6. Thread a hair tie with a piece of string. Pull the string through the shank until the hair tie is halfway through the loop (D). Loop one side through the other side of the hair tie (E).

Embroidery embellished hair tie

Linen scraps
Embroidery hand sewing needle
Small embroidery hoop, 4- to 7-inches
Embroidery thread

1. Secure your linen on the embroidery hoop.

2. Using the stencil from the Dritz covered button kit draw a circle. In the middle of the circle draw something fun, like birds, initials or hearts.

3. Use a “back stitch.” On the right side of the fabric, the back stitch looks like straight machine stitch, but the stitches will actually overlap a bit on the wrong side of the fabric. Begin from the wrong side of the fabric and bring your needle up and through. Reinsert the needle about an eighth of an inch or less from where the needle came out on the right side and push down to the wrong side of the fabric (F). Along the wrong side re-insert the needle again an eighth of an inch from where the needle came out the wrong side. Going in the direction of your previous stitch, put the needle back through the fabric. Repeat.

4. Repeat with the next color if applicable (G). Tie off your threads.

5. Follow above directions for using the Dritz Covered Button Kit.

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