DIY African Fabric Button Earrings | Thriftanista in the City


DIY African Fabric Button Earrings

In my big ol' stash of sewing things, I found a button cover tool. Rediscovering the kit, led me to make button earrings with scrap african fabric. I was so impressed by my ankara top button that I wanted to make more. Making earrings was just the diy to ensure I wasn't making in vain.

african fabric button earrings

I don't remember when or why I bought this very useful covered button kit but it was truly a godsend allowing me to completely finish the top. If I had to actually go buy a button, there would be no telling how long it would have taken me to finish that project. It'd likely still be laying there collecting dust.

Because of it, I now have a completed sewing project and 2 new pairs of earrings!

Fabric Button Earrings

Tools Needed:

  • Button cover kit 
  • Scrap fabric
  • Earring findings
  • Industrial strength glue
  • Scissors

covered button earrings

You can find the button cover kit and the earring findings in craft supply stores or on Amazon. If you don't have a stash of fabric laying around, you can use fabric from old clothes too.


how to make button earrings

1. Cut your fabric using the template on the back of the kit or eyeball it like I did.

2. Pop off the the wire piece on the back of the button using your scissors. Grab the wire with the scissors and gently squeeze. Lift the wire out.

3. Place your fabric in the larger cylinder and put the button on top.  Push it down with the smaller blue cylinder.

4. Lift the smaller cylinder and neaten up the fabric

add the button cap to the back. Put the smaller cylinder back on top. Apply pressure until you hear the cap snap in place.

5. Add a little bit of glue to the earring backs and affix to finished button. Allow to dry. Done.

african print fabric earrings tutorial

Button earrings for everyone! The entire process takes less than 5 minutes to complete. It's a great item to give as gifts or keep them all for yourself.

Have you ever made button earrings?

ankara fabric earrings diy


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