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How to Put a Button On Pants

Updated on November 16, 2011

Introduction to Putting a Button On Pants

Sewing a button onto pants is not very difficult but there are some nuances.  Knowing these sewing nuances will prevent you from doing the work of a runny nosed amateur. This article will show you how to put a button on pants. You'll be a tailor in no time. ;-)

Step One

The first step you'll want to do when putting a button on pants is to thread the needle by putting a piece of thread through the needle hole .

Pull enough thread through so you have one foot of thread behind the needle. Tie the two ends together.

Step 2

Once you've tied the ends together, loop the knot end of the thread two or three times around your finger. Then roll the 3 loops of thread off of your finger and pull them tight. You'll have a knot that looks like the picture below.

Step 3

Lay the button on the pants where you want to sew it. Make a mental note of where the lower left hole is going to be. Then plunge the needle through the back of your pants and out the front through the area where that lower left hole will be.

Then slide the button down the thread and into position on your pants (see below).

Bring thread thru back of pants and out.
Bring thread thru back of pants and out.
Slide button down thread and into position on your pants.
Slide button down thread and into position on your pants.

Step 4

Push the need through the top left hole and out the other side. Turn the needle around and bring it through the lower left hole again.  Basically sew through the left holes three times.

Then, after you've pushed the needle through the top left hole for the third time, turn the needle around and plunge it through the pants through the back of the lower RIGHT button hole. Bring the needle through and push it through the front of the upper right button hole. Repeat this three times.

3 times through the left side
3 times through the left side
Three Times Through the right
Three Times Through the right

Step 5

OK, here's the part the will have you putting a button on pants like a pro. Most people overlook this sewing technique. At this point your needle will be through the top right button hole and out the back of the fabric. Turn the needle around and plunge it through behind the button but don't go through any holes.

Pull it through as shown, then loop it three times around the back of the button. In other words, loop three times around the thread between the front of the pants and the back of the button.

This will make the button more stable and will allow space behind the button so that you can fasten your pants easier.

Step 6

After your third loop, plunge the sewing needle under the button and back through the other side of the fabric.

Step 7

Here's the last step to putting a button on pants. This was nearly impossible to photograph on my own so I apologize with all my heart in advance :-)

Once you've plunge the needle through the fabric, pull up one of the stitches in the back so that you have a loop. Run the needle and thread through the loop three times and pull tight.

Then, trim the line and you are all finished putting a button on pants.

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    • TurtleDog profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Thank you so much Thelma!! Glad you think this is a good lesson on putting a button back on pants. Thanks again

    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 

      5 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Great hub! It´s an easy to follow instruction. I´m a tailors daughter so I know how to sew clothes and bottons. I just want you to know that this is a good instruction. Voted up and useful.


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