How to Make
Hope you don't mind staying with buttons for one more post. I get a lot of email messages asking how to make beaded buttons, and so I thought it might be nice to show you some pictures. I do teach this as a workshop; and it's one of the projects in my book, Beaded Embellishment. So here I won't go into how to do the bead embroidery stitches. I'll just show the button construction part.
Start with a 3.5 inch square of printed fabric backed by acid-free interleaving paper. Draw the fabric cutting template from the button-form package on the paper; centered inside that circle, trace around the metal button top. (I always use Dritz half-dome button forms, the kind that you snap together with your fingers, not the kind that requires a squeezing tool.) Baste around the inner circle to make a beading guide. On the fabric side, fill the area inside the basted circle with bead embroidery.
Your work will look like this on the front side...
...and like this on the back side.
Now I can't get any more images to upload.... frustrating! I'll start a new post... see above.