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Stage 1


  • Determine the location of buttons on surface using a Quilter’s Rule, and mark with pencil.
     
  • Holes will be drilled where demarked -- these will be the anchor holes for the buttons that will be threaded through the top.
     
  • Foam (cut to size) is laid atop the surface.
     
  • Batting (cut to size) is placed on top of foam.


Stage 2


  • Fabric (cut to size) is laid out over the top of the batting and foam.
     
  • Fabric is stretched and stapled into place on the underside of the surface.
     
  • Fabric excess is trimmed close to the staples on the underside of the surface.
     
  • Covering the fabric-covered buttons:

     •   Buy button forms at any fabric store.

     •  Follow the instructions that come with the button forms.

     •  Cut a piece of fabric with the template that is included.

     •  Just fold the fabric under the teeth on the metal button.

     •  Then take the cover and you press it down – you can use a spool to apply pressure.



Stage 3


  • Buttons are installed -- Thread the (8" long) needle through the holes from under the surface through the foam/batting/fabric, then marked carefully on the fabric. Threaded with twine onto long needle, stuck through the top of the fabric/batting/foam, through the holes in the surface.

  • Three options to secure button:

     •  Twine is knotted, pulled tight, and stapled to the underside of the surface; slack is folded over and stapled again. Repeat until there is no more slack.

     •  Wrap twine around a finishing nail. Twist the nail to tighten the button. Staple the ends of either side of finishing nail into the wood.

     •  Place a washer on surface, and partially drill in a screw. Wrap the twine around the screw until button is taut. Drill the screw in the rest of the way.



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