Step By Step How To Sew A Button

How to Sew a Bottom In 7 Easy Steps
How to Sew a Bottom In 7 Easy Steps
needle thread and button
needle thread and button

Sewing a button is not as straightforward as many think. It is something that is so simple, yet so little of us know how to do it. This is for anyone who has ever wondered how to properly sew a button on, wonder no more for here I will show you in 7 easy steps how to get a button in its proper place. I promise you it is a quick and easy task and your button will stay on securely for a long time to come !

All you will need is a needle, some thread, and your button.

If you don’t have the original button, select a new one, Often, manufacturers will sew extra buttons inside the clothes to give you one to use if you lose one or attached with the price tag there will be an envelope with extra buttons. When ever I get these extra buttons I always put them in my sewing box. This way all your extra buttons are all in one place and chances are there will be one from your collection that will work for your project at hand.

In selecting your thread it should either match the button or the thread of the other buttons. You will need to cut a piece of thread that is about eighteen inches long. Depending on where the button is going should dictate the type of thread. For example on a cotton cuff I would use cotton thread. But if you are sewing your button onto a winter coat you may want to use something a bit stronger like nylon.

As far as the needle, most any needle will work that you may find in your box or in one of those sewing kits that you find in a hotel bathroom.

You are now ready to start sewing.

Step One - how to sew a button
Step One - how to sew a button

Step 1

First you need to thread the needle through the eyehole of the needle. Fold the thread in half, and then tie a knot in the two ends. My grandmother used to lick her pointer and thumb finger and roll the end of the two pieces of thread together to make a ball.

Step 2 - how to sew a button
Step 2 - how to sew a button

Step 2

Make a stitch on the garment, leaving several inches of loose thread, then make another stitch but this time perpendicular to the last stitch making a cross. Then place the button on top of the material where you want to sew it in place.


Step 3 - How To Sew a Button
Step 3 - How To Sew a Button

Step 3

From under the material, Push the needle through the material and one of the holes in the button. Pull all the way through the material until the knot is anchored against the back of the material

Step 4- How To Sew a Button
Step 4- How To Sew a Button

Step 4

Next, you will push the needle down through the next hole in the button all the way through the material. I like to keep my thumb on top of the button so that is stays in place. After a while this will come natural to you.




How To Sew A Button

Step 5

Keep repeating steps 3 and 4 a few times. Buttons either have two or four holes for stitching. For a four-hole button, the best way to stitch on is in two loops, rather than in a cross pattern. Crossed threads will form a pile in the center of the button, which will wear through quickly.

Step 5 - How To Sew a Button
Step 5 - How To Sew a Button

For a button on a shirt to sit properly, it should not be sewn tightly on to the surface of the fabric. Instead, you should create a "shank" behind the button by wrapping your thread several times around the stitches between the button and the front of your garment.This creates a tight pillar.

For thicker materials you can place a toothpick or a matchstick or even another needle between the button and the material for this will give you the necessary slack so that it isn’t too tight against the fabric (you want to be able to use the button!) Make sure that you do it enough times so that the button feels secure.

Step 6 - How To Sew a Button
Step 6 - How To Sew a Button

Step 6

On your final stitch make sure the needle is on the material side with the button. I like to slip the needle under one of the last stitches or the pillar before I secure it with a double knot. Snip off the extra thread. And that is all there is to it!

Secure the Button

Step 7 - How To Sew a Botton
Step 7 - How To Sew a Botton

Step 7

Final Step - How to Sew a Button

I found this last step one of the best tricks ever. For it will keep the thread from ever unwraveling. All you need to do is take some clear nail polish and dab the last piece of thread with a drop of the clear nail polish. Let it dry and your button will stay safe and secure no matter how many times you tug at it!

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jimmythejock 6 years ago from Scotland

Nice Hub Shari, informative and great pictures, thanks for sharing.....jimmy x0x0x0x


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

jimmy- you just never know where or when you may need this info. Just think if you were stranded on a desert island, at least now you are armed with the info on how to do some basic sewing! Thanks for stopping by


ralwus 6 years ago

Hello my dear. I have been busy and still on the mend, but I had to come see you. Love the new picture. I am so glad my wife can sew. Much love Ailis, xoxox CC


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Charles my love-is this what i have to do to get you over here. .writ a silly how to Hub! LOL whatever it takes it is always a sunshiny day when i see you grace my page. Sending you lots of love and hugs....Make sure your wife keeps her sewing to your clothes and doesnt try mending you with that her sewing box ;)


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Jai Warren 6 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

Hey Shari,

Very well done... Are those your photos? It looks so simple but, there is definitely a lot of skill involved. Just threading the needle (blind as a bat!!!) is my downfall. I guess I'll just UPS all my garments needing repair to you, OK? LOL :)


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

jai - send them this way anytime you want! Cause you know next year right about this time I am going to be heading to you .. Superbowl at your house next year ;)


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Wow. Even I can't mess this one up! I sure could've use this hub about a year ago when the button to my suit jacket (one of my Jones of New York's)got snagged on the counter at work and so came loose. This is certainly very helpful, Shari! Thank you.

Dohn


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy

Great hub wavegirl. Really well done, well organized and full of step by step pictures. I had to sew buttons by myself when in the Army but this hub would have made things easier. Didn't knew about the nail polish. Very good, and nice new avatar pic. :)


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

dohn- took me a while to perfect this task but once you do you will never be without your buttons! Especially great when you lose a button on winter coat like I just did.. on a shearling coat.. it was a bit difficult but it saved me from freezing and it saved me about 10 dollars!! And I actually think I did it better than had I taken it in .. cause I used my nail polish;)


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

hypnodude . .there is a good use for everything and it is one of my favorite things to uncover ;) glad you found this helpful. I have never been a great sewer but writing this hub I feel like I can tackle the hem on my pants next! Now I use masking tape haha but it is a problem when I need to wash them .. so keep an eye out for my next sewing project ;)


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Handmade-Crafts 6 years ago

A really helpful hub. Thank you for sharing.


lilly90206 6 years ago

hi i am new i just read your whole thing thanks now i can give myself a nice good pillow


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Ultimate Hubber 6 years ago

Hey, useful piece of info this is. I can keep this hub as a reference in case I have to sew a button. :)


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Handmade-Crafts- glad my sewing lesson is helping so many people! I was just tired of not being able to wear my favorite cardigan and so I had to learn this. Thanks for stopping by!

@lilly90206 - welcome aboard! Yes I have seen so many creative things to can do with buttons on a pillow . hope you someday share your creations with us.

@Ultimate Hubber = ya never know when that button is going to pop. . its even easier to do this when the button is loose. . so next time one does pop off check the rest of them . .a few extra stitches is so easy while you have that needle and thread out ;)


cosette 6 years ago

i have been sewing buttons on incorrectly for years. i like that nail polish trick too. nicely done!


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country

I have always put a straight pin under the first threads through the button-- on the top side. Same idea as your needle under the button, to provide the thread "shank",

I remember showing this to a 40 year old cousin once, who was amazed. Such a simple task, but it only works right when it is done right.

Never did the cross stitch to initially locate the spot-- but that makes perfect sense. I will do it.

Thanks for the clearly written tutorial.


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

@cosette - you know I was also never getting it right and I really wanted to wear one of my favorite sweaters that I kept putting to the side. . and the other day I just decided I was going to tackle it. . and so the birth of this hub! And I had to include the many wonders of nail polish . .ha I do so many things with that bottle and Im not talking about my nails! glad to have you here learning

with me ;)

@Rochelle Frank - thank you for your words. I am not a really good sewer and this one was a bit hard for me to tackle but I really learned how to do it and if I do say so .. quite proud of myself on this one! Thanks for the support;)


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

lovely, thanks Shari, now I can do something I miss my football weekend, Happy Valentines Day girl, (belated) Maita


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

haha pretty- this one took me quite sometime to master. . and for a while I was looking at everything in my closet that needed a little fix! Gotta find something to do now that football is over!


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Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America

Great hub. Nicely written and presented. I actually learned something new. That's so cool. Thank you very much. I was just having a conversation, just recently with someone about sewing and she said that she wasn't really that good at it, and I'm going to show her your hub. Again, thank you. :)


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Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America

Btw- I also rated it up. :) And, bookmarked to come back. :)


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Cags - this one took me a while to master .. I am prety cratfy usually but have never been that good with a needle and thread . . cant even use a sewing machine . . learning a new thing is always a good thing. . never know where this new art may take me ;)

Thanks for stopping by . its always a good day when I see you!


Tracy Monroy 6 years ago

This is one of the things that I can do really well. Sewing a straight seam, not so much. Getting a button on, can do. Nice hub!

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