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How to Sew a Button | Sewing Tutorials

How to Sew a Button | Easy Sewing Tutorials

How to Sew a Button | Easy Sewing Tutorials

Knowing how to sew a button is one of the most basic tools of survival for everyday modern living. Have you ever been out to a corporate event and you realize your button has fallen off, or literally hanging on by a thread? Fret no more. This guide will have you stitched back together and ready to go in no time. Even if you’re attire is fully in check, knowing this basic sewing tool of survival will keep you prepared and save your ass later.  Follow along for a step by step tutorial, and sew on your buttons like a true tailor.

How to Sew On a Button
Sewing buttons tutorial

How to Sew a Button | Beginner Sewing Tutorials

Our video tutorial shows you how to sew a button:

Supplies You Need to Sew on a Button:

  • Button (original or replacement)
  • Needle (thin and sharp)
  • Thread at least 12″, 24″ if you’re doubling it. (Same color of fabric or button – black, navy, or white will do)
  • Spacer (a second needle or pin – anything small and thin)
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To sew on a button you will need scissors, thread, and a button

Step 1: Prepare Garment

Where are you going to sew your button? Find the location, mark it with a pin if necessary.

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Know where you will sew your button, here we will attach it over the existing holes

Step 2: Thread the Needle

Pull the thread through the eye of the needle.  This is easily done by cutting the thread at an angle with scissors you can also wet the  tip of the needle. If you’re still having issues get a needle threader.

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Place the thread through the eye of the needle

Step 3: Cut Your Thread

Cut the thread, 12″ in length is enough. Optional: If you want a strong hold on your button, and a quicker task, double over the thread so both the ends are the same length, 24″ of thread will do.

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Cut your thread, double over to about 24″ for maximum strength

Step 4: Knot the End of the Thread

Tie the thread in a small knot at the end, this prevents it from pulling through your fabric.

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Knot the end of the thread

Step 5: Insert Needle Through Back of Fabric

Begin on the backside of your garment, the side people won’t see, and poke your needle and thread through to the front.

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How to Sew On a Button | Easy Sewing Tutorials
Insert needle and thread through back of garment

Step 6: Start Your Anchor, Bring Needle from Front to Back

Now take the thread and poke it from the front to the back a small ways across from the hole you just formed.

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Start your anchor by bringing needle from front to back

Step 7: Take Needle Across Other Side, Create X

Run the needle up through the back and across the front again, forming an X with your thread.

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Finish your X Anchor by taking needle across the other side

 Step 8: X Marks the Spot

You have created an anchor point, the X, so your button will hopefully never fall out again.

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your anchor should look like an X

Step 9: Place Button Over X

Place your button over the X and bring  your needle through.

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Place button over X, start your needle through

Step 10: Sew on Right Side of Button

Thread the needle through the top right button hole and back down the lower right button hole. Don’t pull your thread tight yet.

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Thread goes up one hole, down the other

Step 11: Sew on Left Side of Button

Now push your needle up through the top left hole, and down over the bottom left hole.

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Sew on left side of button

Step 12: Add Spacer to Button

Add a spacer, this will give your button wiggle room to fit over the second layer of fabric.  Place the spacer underneath the line of thread you just formed.

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Add a small needle over button thread

Step 13: Continue Sewing on Button

Repeat threading the needle through the holes of the button about 6 times. Up through one hole, down the other, and under the button. Pull the thread tight after each round.

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Continue sewing on button

Step 14: Remove the Spacer to Sew on Button

Once the button is firmly in place, you’ll want to secure it with a shank. First, remove the spacer.

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Remove the spacer to secure button with shank

Step 15: Secure Button with Shank

Create the shank by poking your needle up through the back, but instead of placing it through a hole pull your thread to the side.

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Wrap thread around button to create shank

Step 16: Continue Wrapping Thread Around to Sew on Button

Wrap this thread around the newly formed button threads about 5 times. This creates the shank and will keep the threads in place.

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Continue wrapping thread around button to create shank

Step 17: Pull Thread Tight, Bring to Back

Pull your shank tight and poke your needle back through the base of the fabric.

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Pierce needle through back of fabric

Step 18: Tie a Knot to Secure Button

Tie off your button with a basic knot by taking your threaded needle and wrap it under the fabric on the back, behind the stitches you just made.

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Bring needle under stitches on back to tie knot

Step 19: Finish Knot

Before you pull the thread tight, poke it through this new loop. This is your knot.

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Bring thread through loop to form knot

Step 20: Pull Knot Tight and Snip

Pull the thread tight to finish the knot, and snip off excess thread.

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Finish knot and snip thread to finish the button

Finally:

You have now sewed your button on like a true tailor, thank goodness. Now you will always be prepared, and never have to worry about your buttons falling off again!

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