How To Sew A Button

Step-by-step instructions designed for the sewing impaired, teaching you how to sew a button back on.

If the button has fallen off your shirt, pants, etc., see if you can find

the button. If you can, don't lose it! If you can't (or if you do lose it)

you need to find a button that can serve as a replacement. If it's the only

button, such as on pants then find a button that looks good and fits in

the buttonhole; if there are other buttons still attached, like on a shirt

then you need to find one that looks the same. You might try removing a button you don't use, such as the ones on the collar or pocket, to serve as a replacement.

Use strong thread either of matching or contrasting color and a regular

sewing needle. (Don't use cross-stitch or other kinds of needles, as they are often very thick or have tiny eyes that are difficult to thread). Cut off about six inches of thread and get one end of it through the eye of the needle. Pressing your lips on the end may be helpful or you can use a needle threader.(This is basically a loop of thin thread attached to some kind of handle. Stick the loop halfway through the eye, put one end of the thread through that loop, then pull the loop back through so that the thread is now in the needle's eye). Tie the ends of the thread together so that you have double-strength thread. This will help ensure that the thread won't break in normal wear and washing.

You should now have a needle hanging on a loop of thread. Poke the needle

through the cloth starting on the INSIDE of the garment so that the knot stays hidden. Pull the needle all the way out, so that all the thread is now on the outside of the garment, leaving the knot is inside. Tug GENTLY to make sure the knot will hold. (If it doesn't, tie a couple more knots in the same place so that the knot is bigger.)

Now pull the needle through one of the holes on the button. Push the button down the thread so that it lies flat against the cloth. Poke the needle through ANOTHER hole and back through the cloth. If the button has two holes, just keep sewing the same way (up through one hole, down through another). Don't worry if you happen to come up through another hole. If the button has four holes, try to sew so that the thread on the outside of the button forms an "X." This will look better and will be stronger than just randomly sewing.

Keep sewing until there is about a half-inch of slack thread left. Then, when the thread is on the inside of the cloth again, pull the needle through the cloth (without going over the button) and use that loop of thread to tie a few strong knots. Ideally, all knots should lie against the thread; if they are loose, the button will be floppy and is likely to get pulled off in the wash. Snip off any excess thread, and you're done! Congratulations.

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