Don’t know how to sew a button? come let me take you through simple instructions and photographs t0 teach you how to sew buttons the easy way!
You might be wondering why I came up with a tutorial on how to sew buttons. Of course, every sewist knows how to sew a button! But, there are people out there who have never sewn or never wanted to.
In the past, almost all our mothers and grandmothers knew how to sew a button on their garments. They almost always did their button sewing and other mending activities all by hand.
Times have changed and with rapid commercialization, we no longer mend our clothing or even replace a button. We just get another from the store!
But many times we face situations where we have a garment we love and we cannot throw it away just because a button came off, don’t we? Yes, it is better we all learn this simple hand sewing technique to sew buttons.
There are normally three types of buttons; the ones with two holes, four holes, and buttons with shanks ( You can see the buttons in the pictures above). This tutorial will teach you how to sew the three types and I will be showing the tutorial on a piece of fabric.
If you love to make fabric covered buttons, click on the picture below:
If you love to hand-sew a scrunchie in 15 minutes, click on the picture below:
How to Sew a Button the Easy Way
A piece of cotton fabric
Two- holed button, four- holed button, and a button with a shank.
Gather your supplies.
Take your thread 20-inches long. Thread your needle and pull the thread on one side till you have two strands of threads of equal length. Tie the ends in a knot.
How to Sew a Two- Holed Button
Make a small “X’ mark at the point where you need to attach the button.
Bring the needle up at the marked point from the underside of the fabric.
Pull the needle till the thread stops at the knot on the underside.
This is how it will look like on the underside of the fabric.
Thread your needle through one hole of the button and pull the thread till the button touches the garment.
Next, push the needle down the other hole.
Place a pin or a toothpick under the thread before pulling it tight. This will give enough space to button up whatever garment you are sewing the button on.
Once again bring the needle up the first hole and down the other hole. Repeat the steps about four times to make the stitches strong enough.
Turn over to the wrong side and Insert the needle under the layers of thread.
Double-knot the thread and cut it off.
How to Sew a Four- Holed Button:
Take your needle and thread it just like you did for the tw0- holed button. Mark the point where the button is to be attached.
Bring the needle up at the marked point, from the underside of the fabric and insert it through one of the buttonholes.
Pull the thread till the knot underneath touches the garment ( just as we did for the two-holed button) and insert the needle again down the diagonally opposite hole.
Place a needle or toothpick underneath the thread as a spacer and pull the thread tight. Next, bring up the needle through one of the remaining holes.
Make sure the thread passes over the spacer and insert the needle through the diagonally opposite hole. Pull the thread tight.
Repeat the steps on the two sets of diagonally opposite holes about four times to reinforce the stitches.
Tie the thread in two knots at the back of the fabric and trim off the extra.
Our four- holed button is sewn and ready to get buttoned!
How to Sew a Shank Button
Mark the point where the button is to be sewn.
Bring the needle up through the point, from the wrong side of the fabric.
Pull the needle till the knot touches the garment.
Take the button and thread the needle through the shank of the button.
Bring the button to the garment.
Push the needle down to the underside of the fabric, just next to the point where it was pushed up. Pull the thread tight and bring up the needle once again through the fabric.
Insert it through the button shank and push it down through the fabric.
Repeat the stitches about four times to make it strong enough.
Push the needle down, tie it in few knots and trim off the excess thread.