Hand Sewing Techniques: Sew Buttons Like a Pro

Sewing buttons is one of the basic skills every adult should have. After all, buttons fall all the time, and everyone should be able to fix them. Even if sewing is not your thing, everybody regardless of age, sex or abilities should be capable of sewing a button when in need. So, get your threads and needles and let’s learn a new life-saving skill: How to properly sew buttons!

Step #1: Gather the tools

Sewing a button is easy in theory, but if you want that button to stay in place and fulfil its duty for a long time while resisting the use, you need to know how to do it right. So, you’re going to need: The button, the piece of fabric were the button belongs, a pair of snips or small scissors, thread (can be any kind of thread that matches, but if you’re replacing a heavy duty button like the ones usually used on jackets or raincoats you might want to use buttonhole topstitching thread), a hand sewing needle appropriate to the fabric you’re working with, and a water marker.

Step #2: Prep

Thread the needle and tie a knot, make sure you have enough length of thread for the job. Now, use the water market to point the exact spot on the right side where the button is supposed to be sewn and then insert the needle at the mark, trim the excess of thread from the knot. The important thing here is to be as precise as possible with the positioning of the button, even a millimetre off could render it useless.

Step #3: Let’s Sew

Pass the needle underneath the button, and then insert it on one of the holes and secure it in its spot. Pass the needle through the opposite hole and pass it through right next to the previous stitch, hiding the thread on the underside of the button, continue until the button is in place and secure. Remember that a button is not supposed to wobble in the fabric or feel like it’s just about to fall off. Be sure to secure it in its spot.

Step #4: Finish it

The button is tightly sewn onto the fabric, now pass the needle through the buttonhole but NOT into the fabric, with the thread coming from under the button insert the needle on the fabric -the stitch must be hidden by the button-, leave a loop of thread were the needle must be inserted, secure the knot under the button. Repeat a couple time for extra safety and clip the remaining thread, the opposite side of the cloth piece to where the button is must be neat and free of knots.

These directions are meant to be used on two-eyed buttons, for a four-holed button you’ll need to follow the same instructions, just have to switch to the opposite holes once the first pair is well attached and finish the sewing just like are explained above. Not that hard, right? Keep in mind that sewing a button is a very important ability to learn in life since you need to use clothes regularly and buttons, do fall off very often.