How To: Sew on a Button

How To: Sew on a Button

At Pyne & Smith we support conscious shopping and repairing what we own to minimise waste, promote mindful living and save money! We love helping our customers prolong their wardrobe's life cycle in any way we can, so we've put together a guide on how to sew on a button to help you fix your old beloved buttonless garments (it can't just be me with a pile of buttonless clothes waiting to be fixed...right?!)

 

How to sew on a button:

 Cut about 24 inches of thread. I've used red thread for clearer visuals, but you can use a more discreet thread color that matches the dress. Then thread the needle, and double up the thread (by pulling the thread through the needle until you have equal lengths on both sides.)

Threading a needle to sew on button

Knot the ends of the thread to keep them from coming loose. This knot functions as your anchor, so make sure this knot is large enough that it won’t get pulled through the fabric.

Push the needle up through the underside of the cloth. Pull the thread all the way until you feel the knot pressed against the underside of the fabric.

Threading the needle from underside of fabric through a buttonhole

Bring your needle up through any one hole in the button. Push the needle down through the hole that is diagonally across from the first hole. Bring the needle back down through the fabric. Repeat this 2-3 times through the same holes.

Threading needle from underside of fabric through a buttonhole Threading needle through remaining button holes

 

Repeat the last step with the two remaining holes.

Threading needle through remaining button holes

Next up, wrap the thread around the base of the button 3 times and push the needle back down through the fabric to create a shank between the button and cloth.

Wrapping thread around button to secure
Wrapping thread around button to secure

 

To secure the thread, start with a loose stitch on the underside of the fabric. Before you tighten stitch, bring the needle around and through the loop like a single knot.

Knotting a loose stitch to secure thread

 

Now pull the thread tight. Repeat this 1 to 3 times. Cut the thread, and voila! Your button is now securely fastened.

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