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How To: Sew on a Button

 

Learn how to sew on a button that does not have a shank. Through wear and laundry, buttons get loose. It's easy to fix or replace a button on a shirt, blouse or other clothing.

Let's look at the materials and tools along with the detailed steps for how to sew on a button.

First, here's the shirt button that is still attached but getting closer to falling off.

How to sew on a button showing the loose shirt button

How to Sew on a Button: Materials and Tools:

  • button - original or replacement of the same size and shape
  • garment (this is a man's shirt)
  • needle
  • thread matching the original thread or the button color
  • pin (or something similar, e.g., a toothpick) to help build a shank
  • scissors
  • seam ripper (optional but helpful) 

How to sew on a button materials and tools

The Steps for How to Sew on a Button:

First, remove the button. Here's where the seam ripper comes in handy. You can use the scissors, just be careful not to cut the garment.

How to sew on a button step 1 remove the loose button

The button easily comes off, but there are loose threads too. 

How to sew on a button step 2 shows the loose threads

Remove all the loose threads. This is usually easy, but sometimes there are stubborn pieces. Remove them all taking care not to damage the garment. 

With this shirt, it's easy to tell where the button was even with all of the threads removed. 

For your garment, you may want to make a small mark where the button was removed. If you can't easily tell (for example, the original button is gone), position the portion of the garment with the buttonhole correctly over the side of the garment where the button should be. Make the mark for the button's placement through the buttonhole.

How to sew on a button step 3 remove the loose threads

How to sew on a button requires needle and thread.

Cut a piece of thread 10 to 12 inches long. Thread one end through the eye of the needle. Tie a knot in the opposite end of the thread. 

Trim the thread past the knot being careful not to cut the knot.

How to sew on a button step 4 thread needle

Make the first stitch on the top of the garment. This will hide the knot under the shirt button. 

How to sew on a button step 5 first stitch to hide the knot

Make another stitch to anchor the thread. 

How to sew on a button step 6 beginning stitches under button

Place the pin (or something similar) over the button and stitch through the holes in the button and over the pin.

The pin allows space between the button and the garment for the buttoned edge to lay flat. If your garment is thick, use a larger object, like a toothpick, for a bigger gap.

How to sew on a button step 7 place pin across button

Place eight to ten stitches through each set of holes in the button. Each stitch should go over the pin. 

How to sew on a button step 8 stitch over pin

Next, push the needle through one of the button's holes to the back of the button but in front of the garment. 

How to sew on a button step 9 push needle under button

Remove the pin. Wrap the thread two or three times around the back of the button. This helps make a shank. 

How to sew on a button step 10 wrap thread to make shank

Push the needle through to the back of the garment close to the stitches. 

How to sew on a button step 11 push needle to back

Make a stitch on the back of the garment and pass the needle through the loop. Pull the thread firmly. This makes a knot in the thread close to the garment.

How to sew on a button step 12 make loop for knot

How to sew on a button is almost finished, but not quite. Under the button, make a couple of tiny stitches on the back of the garment. 

How to sew on a button step 13 add tiny anchor stitches

Near the end of the tiny stitches, push the needle between the garment's layers to hide the end of the thread. This keeps the end from working loose.

How to sew on a button step 14 hiding end thread

Trim the thread close to the garment. 

How to sew on a button step 15 cut thread

The arrow points to where the thread was cut. 

How to sew on a button step 16 hidden thread

Here's the finished button in our how to sew on a button tutorial. 

How to sew on a button step 17 finished button good as new

The picture is titled "good as new," but with the how to sew on a button steps, this button is actually sewn better than new.

 

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