How To Sew On a Button

Everyone has had it happen at some point: you look down, and suddenly your shirt is gaping open because a button fell off. Don't fret! You can sew a button back on in no time at all. Here's how:

  • First, try to find the original button so you can sew it back on. If you can't, then try to find a suitable match. These can be found at any discount store, hardware store, or fabric store. They usually come in packs of 2 or 4. You could also get a completely different button, to give your shirt a quirky new look.
  • Now you need thread and a needle. Look at the thread that's securing your other buttons and use a thread similar to that. Use a regular, standard sized sewing needle. Both of these items can be found in the same place where you purchased the buttons.
  • Use a pair of scissors to cut a length of thread from the spool about 36 inches long. This doesn't have to be exact, just an estimate. Thread this through the eye of the needle until about halfway through the length of thread. Hold the ends together. It is now about 18 inches long. Use your fingers to roll the ends together and pull, creating a small knot. Do this two or three times until you have a sturdy knot at the end.
  • While holding your button to the spot where you will sew it, use your other hand to start to poke the needle up through the bottom of the button and through one of the holes.
  • Pull this thread all the way through until the knot stops you from going any further. Now go back through (downward this time) into another hole in the button and, again, pull until the knot stops you. This is the motion you will perform until your thread is almost all the way through the button.
  • Keep switching back and forth between the holes, going side to side and diagonally as well. This will add strength to your new button.
  • Once you are almost finished with your thread, go through one more time through the bottom of the button and poke the needle sideways through the ball of thread that is now tangled down there. Do this a few times; the more you do it, the stronger the knot will be.

Once you cut the string, you can now look at your handiwork and enjoy your new button!


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