A few years ago my youngest daughter told me she didn’t know how to sew on a button. It was like she was telling me she didn’t know how to breathe. I learned how in Camp Fire Girls and in Home Ec class. I thought everyone just some knew. I was wrong. I taught my daughter how but I still feel guilty about it. To make up for it, here’s a tutorial on how to sew on a button.
Stick the thread through the hole in the needle. Pull it through. This is called threading the needle. The only tricky part is seeing the hole. Gather both ends of the threads and make them even.
Give it a little tug. You’ve got it!
You should have a nice little knot. If you don’t, redo. If it’s not big enough, redo. No biggie.
Find the place where you want the button to go. I am putting mine in a piece of fabric. I marked it. Insert the needle in the back and pull it through, the thread will follow and stop where the knot is. Cool, yes?
Slip the button onto the needle. Don’t poke yourself. Ouch! Hey, I warned you.
There are either four holes or two holes on your button. (If there aren’t there is one metal circle on the back. Those are shank buttons and easier to sew, just one choice.)
Once the button opening/hole is on the needle, pull up the thread up. Make it a bit taught. Put it back down into the other hole. (If you have four holes, work on two at a time.)
Repeat. Up and down. Repeat. Front to back. This is fun, yes? Sometimes finding the hole is a little tricky. Don’t worry, it’s there.
Keep repeating until you have at least four stitches done.
Now you just need to tie off the thread.
This next step is optional but I always do it, my Mom taught me this. If you are sewing a button on a coat or shirt, it’s particularly wonderful.
I take the needle and use it to keep the thread taut. I also use a thimble but I figured if you didn’t know how to sew on a button, you probably didn’t own a thimble. I’m right, aren’t I?
End by putting the needle into the fabric whether you wrap the thread or not. Pull it and the thread through to the back side.
Now you have to knot the thread on the back to end the whole process. It’s knot that hard.
Pull it through.
Glide the needle through that loop and pull it. You’ve just knotted it.
Yay! Clip the thread close to the threads which are keeping the button in place.
And you’re done.
If it looks bad, clip the threads and start over.
Hey it was your first time, be patient.
I sewed this button on a bag I made. It’s a two part tutorial. If you follow my blog, you’ve seen it. It’s pretty darn cool. You can read the first one here and the second one with the sewn on button, here.
Almost as cool as you sewing on your own button.
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