Sew on a Button
My mom taught me how to sew as a kid so all of my life I have fixed my sister’s buttons and clasps that fall off her clothes. I’m a pretty awesome little sister! I started fixing them for other people as well. I worked at a dry cleaner for a little over 3 years and when my boss found out I knew how to sew it became part of my job to sew on buttons when customers asked us to. I learned his professional way to sew on a button and not make it seem obvious that it done by an amateur.
My boyfriend lost a button on one of his work shirts and asked me to sew it back on for him. Here is a couple of tips on how to do it in an easy way so it looks sort of nice. I’m not perfect so don’t hold a few mistakes against me, I haven’t don’t this in a while! Also, there was terrible lighting when I did this so my pictures are not the best quality.
- Button (duh)
- Thread, preferably matching colors with fabric
- Hand sewing needle
- Scissors (I used my pocket knife for convenience)
Thread needle with chosen thread. Double thread and tie a couple of knots on the two ends away from needle. Trim ends if necessary. Place button where you would like it to be sewed. It helps if you line if up with adjacent button-hole to look where it was before.
Hold button in place with one hand. On inside of fabric (In my case a shirt), push needle through fabric and come out of on hole in the button in front. (Make sure knot in thread is in back) Before pulling thread all the way through, loop needle and thread though another hole in button so the needle comes out in back again.
Continue with these steps, alternating a pattern of a large X and square across all button holes, making button strong and secure. This obviously will depend on design of button you are sewing. Remember to enter and leave fabric in one spot each time.
Once your button is secure, wrap excess thread on needle around threads on underside of button (next to fabric) a few times and push needle through one more time so thread is on inside of shirt. Tie a few knots in thread and get it as close to fabric as possible. Trim off excess and you’re done!