Sewing on a button is a basic yet essential skill that everyone should have in their repertoire. Whether you’re repairing a beloved garment or adding a stylish embellishment to a new piece, knowing how to sew on a button is a handy skill that can save you time and money. In this blog post, we will provide you with a comprehensive step-by-step guide on sewing on a button, along with valuable tips and tricks to ensure success. Let’s dive in and master the art of button sewing!
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How to Sew On a Button
- Gather Your Supplies:
Before you begin, gather the necessary supplies to ensure a smooth sewing process. You will need:
- Button(s): Choose a button that matches the size, style, and color of your garment.
- Needle: Opt for a sharp, medium-sized needle that easily passes through the buttonholes.
- Thread: Select a thread color that matches the button and garment.
- Scissors: Have a pair of sharp scissors handy to cut the thread.
You can watch the video below for a great visual on how to sew on a button:
- Prepare the Button and Thread:
a. Thread Selection: Cut a length of thread approximately 1.5 times the distance around the button. This ensures you have enough thread to sew securely without running out.
b. Thread Preparation: Thread the needle and tie a knot at the end, leaving a tail of thread.
- Positioning the Button:
a. Determine Placement: Place the garment flat on a surface and visualize where you want the button to be positioned. Mark the button’s center with a fabric pen or a small pin.
b. Creating a Shank: To allow room for the fabric to slide beneath the button, create a small shank. Place a toothpick or a similar-sized object between the button and the fabric, elevating the button slightly.
- Sewing the Button:
a. Start from the Back: Insert the needle from the backside of the fabric, bringing it up through one of the buttonholes. Pull the thread until the knot rests against the fabric.
b. Buttonhole Stitch: Insert the needle diagonally through the opposite buttonhole, creating an “X” shape on the button. Repeat this process, going back and forth between the buttonholes. Ensure the stitches are evenly spaced and tight enough to hold the button securely.
c. Reinforce the Button: To reinforce the button’s hold, repeat the buttonhole stitches several times, passing through the buttonholes and fabric.
- Securing the Thread:
a. Creating a Shank: Once you’re satisfied with the button’s attachment, pass the needle between the fabric and the button, creating a shank. Wrap the thread around the shank two to three times to add stability.
b. Knotting the Thread: Insert the needle through the fabric close to the shank and create a small loop. Pass the needle through the loop and pull tight to create a knot. Repeat this process once more to ensure a secure knot.
- Finishing Touches:
a. Trimming Excess Thread: Use sharp scissors to trim any excess thread, making sure not to cut the shank or the knot.
b. Test the Button: Gently tug the button to ensure it is securely attached and can withstand regular use.