I am writing this tutorial on How To Sew On A Button for all of you that pull out something to wear and then discover that it is missing a button.
How To Sew On A Button:
So, you are missing a button. What do you do? Use a safety pin? 😉 I don’t think you want to do that. Hang it over a chair where it will stay indefinitely, or until you go to the dry cleaners again? We all have one of those stacks of clothes waiting on one thing or another. Well, now you won’t have to put off replacing a button again. If you follow this easy tutorial, you will have that button back on and be on your way in a few minutes.
How To Sew On A Button: Supplies
Pencil for Marking the Fabric
Needle Threader (Optional)
How To Sew On A Button: Step-By-Step
Most garments have a spare button or two attached to them when you purchase them.
If you find a button connected to the garment, cut it loose.
If you can’t locate the button inside the garment, find a close match in the button stash you have accumulated over the years of buying clothes. If there is some thread on the button, a small sharp pair of scissors can cut those little threads so you can pull them loose.
Button the garment back up so you can mark where the missing button should be sewn back on with a pencil.
Unbutton the garment to see where your mark is. You will most likely be able to see the marks of the old button by your pencil mark as well.
Choose a thread color that will match the other buttons on the garment and cut a piece about 15-18 inches long. Thread your needle and tie a knot in both strands so it is double threaded.
For instructions showing How to Thread a Needle With a Needle Threader
The double thread will speed up sewing on the button; you won’t have to go through the button and shirt so many times.
Stick the pins in the shape of an X over your pencil mark.
With your needle, pierce the fabric from the inside toward the outside where you marked the X with the pins.
Using care not to pull too hard on the thread, pull it through the garment and the button. Then feed the needle back through the button and then the garment through the hole diagonally located from the first hole. Feed the needle through the same holes in the same order about five more times.
Now move to the other two holes in the button. Come up from inside the garment through one hole and go back down through the hole that is located diagonally across from the hole you just used. Repeat this process in these same two holes about five more times.
Come back through the garment one more time but stay behind the button. Wrap the thread around your stitches about five times by going around the stitches like you are playing ring around the Rosie. 🙂 Push the needle back through to the inside of the garment.
Run the needle under the stitches about three times to keep your thread from unraveling.
Cut the thread. You have finished sewing on your button.
Congratulations. In a few minutes, you have repaired this garment and can wear it with pride! By sewing the button on yourself, you saved time and money. Go ahead, pat yourself on the back. You deserve it!
You can also learn how to sew on a two hole button here.