Self Cover Button Badge Reel Tutorial

As promised this is the tutorial to make a matching badge reel for the Sandi ID wallet.

Some of you will already be familiar with using self cover buttons and they are pretty straight foward to make using the provided tool. However not all self cover buttons will come with the tool, or if like me you have a tendency to loose such things then the second method I will show you for self cover buttons will come in handy.

What you will need
  • self cover button - size 60, 1.5" (38mm) diameter  
  • Fabric of your choice - enough for a 2.5" (65mm) diameter circle 

What you will need to 
  • Select the image from your fabric you would like to feature on your badge reel. I was eyeballing the princess to the left of my button. 

  • I couldn't find my plastic template of different sized circles I own, or a suitable jar size to trace around, so I guesstimated the fabric needed. Hence, the uneven circle. 
  • You will actually need a circle around 2.5" (65mm) diameter). 
Remember to centre this circle around the fabric image you wanted to be on the badge reel.
  • Once your fabric is cut it should look like this. Except your button should be concave (round) side down  

Method 1: Covering a self cover button - using the provided tool 
  • Place the fabric good side down into the white tool, you need to push it in to get a good seal around the fabric (the shell of the button should be facing upwards). 

  • Place the button backing over the shell of the button, making sure to capture and seal all the excess fabric underneath it. 
  • If you are unsure which side of the button is up (if you have a flat back button as shown) just flip both sides in and see which fits better. 

  • Grab the blue part of the tool and place it over the flat button back, push firmly around the rim of the blue tool.  

  • Have a peek under the blue tool and if everything is sitting nice and equal pop the button out of the white part of the tool. If not keep pressing - probably just use your fingers - it's easier. 

Method 2: Covering a self cover button - using the provided tool 

What you will need
  • fabric 
  • needle & thread 
  • self cover button 

What you will need to do
  • Grab your fabric and cut a circle 2.5" (65mm) diameter for a 1.5" (38mm) 

  • Using your needle and thread do a running stitch all around the fabric circle 

  • Pop the top part of the button inside the fabric and pull the thread. 

  • Grab the flat back component of your button and pop it over the the pulled fabric. Push the flat back firmly into the top part of the button. 

  • Tah-dah - covered buttons method 2 successfully complete 

  • Grab the badge reel and your super glue. 

  • The centre of the badge reel is a bit lower than the rim so the back of the button won't really come in contact with it, so don't waste any glue there. 
  • Run a thin layer of glue around the outer circle of the badge reel. 
  • Pop you button on top of it and press firmly to secure it to the badge reel. 
  • Let the glue dry for the recommended amount of time outlined by the glue package's instructions. 

  • Now you have a matching badge reel for you Sandi ID wallet or you can have a matching wallet for your badge reel if you go and make one now.  

  • Just a note on attaching the Sandi ID wallet, or anything to the badge reel - you need to hook the wallet onto the little metal triangle that connects your badge reel to the clear plastic tag to secure it. I personally like to keep the clear plastic hang tag just in case I have any other bits and bobs to attach but feel free to snip it off.


The supplies to make the Sandi ID wallet along with a matching badge reel can be found in a special kit I have put together in my etsy shop All Wrapped Up Craft Supplies. 

Happy Crafting! 

mel@all.wrapped.up Web Developer

The indecisive crafter


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