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To us at Harlequin, a button is much more than “a fastener which secures two pieces of fabric together” – a button is an opportunity
to enhance, to embellish and to express your true self.
Whether you are completing a garment and want the buttons to match or you are customising an outfit with your unique signature, a fabric covered button is the attention to detail that shows you have cosidered what you wear.

Couturiers always seek out the very best finishing touches for their creations and when it comes to fabric covered buttons, they come to Harlequin.

The process for making couture-quality covered buttons is highly complex, involving heavy industrial equipment and over 45 years of experience – so beware of inferior products!

Our range of buttons is huge with something for every situation. Check out our new range of covered press studs, the latest word in high fashion an our eyelet buttons which are extremely popular.

Classic Covered Buttons

dome, flat and highball are made with black or white plastic backs
metal loop backs (black or silver) 5p extra
cloth shank backs (black or white) 5p extra


Button Sizes 14 16 18 20 22 24 28 32 36 40 44 50 60
Dome 44p 44p 44p 44p 44p 44p 44p 44p 50p 50p 60p 60p 70p
Flat X X 44p 44p 44p 44p 44p 44p 50p 50p 60p 60p 70p
Highball 44p 44p 44p 44p 44p 44p 44p 44p 50p X 60p X X
Sew-Through X 44p 44p 44p X 44p 44p 44p 50p 50p 60p 60p X
Metal Backs X 10p 10p 10p 10p 10p 10p 10p 10p 15p 15p 15p 15p
Cloth Backs X 10p 10p 10p 10p 10p 10p 10p 10p 15p 15p 15p 15p

Eyelet Buttons

When ordering covered buttons, send around a six inch square for up to 10 buttons but for a size 40″ and above, send triple that amount. If you want covered backs, we will also need fabric for that.

eyelets can be in silver, old gold, gold or gunmetal.
(shown clockwise)
if no colour is specified, we will choose for you


Button Sizes 18 20 24 28 32 36 40 44 50
Two Eyelet £1.50 £1.50 £1.50 £1.50 £1.50 £1.50 £1.50 £1.50 £1.50
Four Eyelet X X £1.70 £1.70 £1.70 £1.70 £1.70 £1.70 £1.70

Two-Fabric Buttons


Button Sizes 24 28 32 36 44
Maddy X X 80p X X
Opal 80p 80p 80p 80p 80p
Pearl 80p 80p 80p 80p 80p

opal and pearl now have black/white plastic backs
cloth shank 10p extra
cloth shank only

Covered Press Studs


A button is only as good as the hole it goes through.
We offer a specialist machining service to apply buttonholes to your garment.
£5 for 5 buttonholes 50p each thereafter

Button Sizes 28″, 32″ and 36″
£1.50 per set
(one male part and one female part)

Metal Rim Buttons


Special Cutting 14p
To make each button from a specific part of the fabric. Charged twice for Two Fabric Buttons.

Shaped Studs


If you aspire to the Haute Couture look then you must consider covered backs! Now 80p

Button Sizes 24 26
Oval X 80p
Square 80p 80p
Triangle 80p

Upholstery Buttons


Button Sizes 24 28 32 36 44
Nail Back 70p 70p X 70p X
Oval Split-Pin X X X 80p X
Split-Pin X 60p X X X
Steel Back 60p 60p 60p 60p X
Tabbed X X X X 80p

Button Sizes

Button sizes are given in lignes – pronounced “lines” – and denoted by three apostrophed (e.g. 40”’ is 40 lignes).

There are forty lignes to an inch (40”’ = 1″ = 25.4mm). See the chart below to choose your button size.

Obviously differing fabric thickness means that this can never be an entirely precise measurement.

Lignes 14″ 16″ 18″ 20″ 22″ 24″ 28″ 32″ 36″ 40″ 44″ 50″ 60″
mm 9 10 11 12.5 14 16 18 20.5 23 25.4 28 32 38
Inches 0.25 0.4 0.45 0.5 0.55 0.6 0.7 0.8 0.9 1 1.1 1.25 1.5
Making great things from your fabric since 1958

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