Fabric Button Necklace with vintage jewelry chains

Buttons! Buttons! Who’s got the buttons!

I’m addicted to making fabric coverd buttons and this is no exaggeration when I say I have thousands of them! I just bought a ton of them and I’ve had so much fun creating all sorts of creative things!


This fun necklace was created with my scrap fabric, my grandmothers  costume jewelry and chalk cloth! Shall we…

I adore it when I can create a project with all my saved fabric scraps! NEVER throw away fabric scraps!

Fabric covered buttons are a cinch to make! Craft and fabric stores sell button kits in varying sizes. A variety of sizes used together look the best.

I chose to use Chalk Cloth for two reasons! I needed something strong and sturdy and that would add strength and durability!  And it is totally affordable! Leather was too pricy, felt was to weak and Chalk Cloth came to mind because of its price point and durability!

You’ll make a smile shape! This will be the foundation for your necklace! Make it as large or small as you’d like!

First start by placing your buttons in a layered arrangement! Once you like the arrangement start by gluing down the bottom layer with hot glue! The hot glue will stick really well to the chalk cloth! I found that the buttons that you add on top of that layer  adhere better when I used E6000 glue instead of hot glue. My hot glue peeled away from the fabric.

Be sure to leave half an inch on each end in order to save room for your chain.

For the chain of my necklace I rummaged through the collection of costume jewelry I inherited from my grandmother when she passed away! I can’t tell you how much I loved this! I was wondering how I’d put to use her beautiful jewelry! This made this project all the more personal to me!

You can also use ribbon, ric rack,pom poms lace or other fun trims!

I used jewelry pliers to disconnected a link in the center of the necklace to create the two sections. I then added a jump link and connected the sections through a small hole I created on each end of the center piece.

Lastly I hot glued some decorative ribbon to cover the exposed chalk cloth.



I LOVE how it all came together! Funny…my grandmothers necklace still smells like her! Avon perfume!


Seeing as I have a million fabric button supplies, I will be making these to sell so please use this tutorial for personal use only and stay tuned for an announcement on when these babies will be for sale! Thanks!



  1. 1

    Too cute! And I love it with that white shirt!

  2. 2

    Love these! I sell something very similar in my shop but I sew my buttons together! Arent fabric covered buttons the best?! I am pretty much obsessed too! Love!

  3. 3

    I have lots of buttons! So bright and fun! What a cute idea.

  4. 4

    What a great idea to use up your fabric scraps! And I love the pop of color it gives! And it’s a great way to reuse old jewelry! So I guess what I’m saying is I LOVE this project ;)

  5. 5

    It’s so cute Becca! and even cuter in person. It was nice to see you again last week.

  6. 6

    Its adorable! And so personal. That’s makes for the best projects. I have a couple of fabric button kits laying around. Now I know what I’m going to make with them!

  7. 7

    Oh LOVE! So so cute!

  8. 8

    This is soooo cute Becca!!! I love all the fabrics paired with the vintage chain – that makes it so special too!!
    PS – Love your earrings too!!

  9. 9

    You know I absolutely love it! It’s so fun!

  10. 11

    Super cute becca!! and I remember you saying once that you “don’t” make jewelry!! You’re amazing, thanks for sharing the tut:)

  11. 12

    Hey girl! Hope you are doing well! This is so cute! Love the idea! And what a great way to use family jewelry in a new way! Good for you! ;) Bought my ticket for SNAP the other day, so it looks like I’ll be seeing you again in April 2012!

  12. 13

    What a cute idea! Love this!

  13. 14

    This necklace is so cute! I love how you can choose whatever colors you want.

  14. 15

    Omgosh this is sooo cute!!!

  15. 16

    Ummmm…..you are so stinkin’ SMOKING HOT! Love the necklace, but love you too! Woo Hoo!

  16. 17

    ADORABLE! Love it! Thank you for sharing!

  17. 18

    Cute, cute, cute….what a great idea!

  18. 19

    Not only is that necklace ADORABLE…but you are too cute for words! Thanks for sharing such a lovely necklace tutorial! I am sharing the link on my facebook :) Would love for you to stop by and say hi sometime!

    Kara @ http://www.mineforthemaking.com


  19. 20

    Super cute idea! I love your shirt too. :)


  20. 21

    Yes your necklace is cute! I have seen these on Etsy and wanted to make some but just waiting on my to do list with the other thousands of ideas I have seen.

  21. 22

    Soo cute! Thanks for the video love from SNAP! Snaps for you for commenting on my teeny tiny blog. See you in April!

  22. 23

    Becca, I loved this so much, I shared it in my Saturday Seven lineup this week. Have a great Memorial Day, girl! http://www.positivelysplendid.com/2011/05/saturday-seven-no-13.html

  23. 24

    What a cute idea, I create flip flops and hair bows with buttons but never thought of a ncecklace. Thanks for the share.

  24. 25

    Very cute! I never throw away scraps, and I love to find new uses for them, but I haven’t tried making buttons yet. Now I will definitely have to!

  25. 26

    very very cute!

  26. 27

    This looks so cool. I love fabric covered buttons.
    And I never throw away fabric scraps either, cos you neve know when they’ll come in useful.

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    renana kol chait says:

    thanks alot!!
    i had in mind the same neckless, just didnwt know what to do with the base….

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    Great idea! I love fabric covered buttons and sell them too. So many uses and yes saving scrap fabric is a must. If you don’t want to make your own buttons come and check out my premade ones; I guarantee you’ll love them :)
    Sharon from embellishedlife2.com

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