Friday, March 14, 2014

Tutorial: How to Make Pinback Button

Happy Friday!
Do you remember Toni of Little House of Crafting? She was one of our awesome Saturday Artisans. Learn more about her here.

Today, Toni shares with us on how to make Pinback Button.
The button materials here are those necessary to make 1.25 inch buttons. Luckily, the process used to make pinback buttons does not change across sizes. This means you can use this process for creating 1 inch buttons as well as the 3 inch buttons! 

There are various kinds of button presses and button cutters. Those used here are from

The button design used in this tutorial is her own creation. Please do not use it without permission.

Now, let's make some buttons!

Materials needed:

Materialsrevised by Tharidra

1. Use button cutter to cut button designs. See example below:

Cutter by Tharidra

2. Prep the button maker as shown below:

Prep by Tharidra

3. Put the shell in the left side of the button maker:

Shell by Tharidra

4. Put the design on top of the shell:

Design by Tharidra

5. Add the mylar on top of the shell and the design. Add the pinback into the right side of the press. Make sure that the pinback is facing the opposite direction of the graphic. Here, the graphic has the top of the design pointing left. This means that you want to have the top of the pinback pointing right:

Mylar by Tharidra

6. Move the design up and push the button maker handle down to punch the design. 

Move design up by Tharidra

7. The shell, design and mylar are held in the press, awaiting the pinback:

Reset by Tharidra

8. Move the pinback button design up to where the design was and push the button press handle down to punch the design and the pinback together:

Move pinback up by Tharidra

9. And now you have a button! 

Yay button by Tharidra

10. Repeat until the process until you have made the desired amount of buttons:

Repeat by Tharidra

Enjoy your new found artisan craft!  If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact Toni.  If you would rather have someone to make pinback buttons for you, ask Toni please! Buttons can be found at Little House of Crafting. I'm sure she will be happy to make some custom buttons for you.

Thank you for dropping by! Leave us a comment and it'll make our day! Happy crafting!


  1. Awe! I dream of having one these machines so I can make buttons night and day, hehe :p.

  2. That button machine makes the job easy peasy! Just imagine all the great designs that could be made into a pin back button!

  3. What a fun post. it sure brings back memories of making buttons as a fundraiser for our 6th grade science club when I was teaching school. Although our machine wasn't near as fancy. Great buttons in Toni's shop. Thanks for sharing, Nat.