How to Sew On a Button


Sewing a button on by hand is a simple and useful process. Most sewing kits will have all of the things you need to mend an article of clothing. All-purpose thread is fine for most projects.

If you are concerned about the durability of your sewing on a high-use button, you can purchase matching button thread or upholstery weight thread. Be sure to knot the thread several times to make sure it is secure.

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Things You'll Need

Step 1

Cut a length of thread about 18” long.

Thread the needle and bring the two free ends together.

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Step 2

Knot the free ends of the thread near the end.

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Step 3

Mark the placement of the button to be sewn.

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Step 4

Bring needle up from the underside of the fabric through the marked dot and then through one of the button’s holes.

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Step 5

Stitch through another hole and back down into the fabric. Stitching right beside the marked dot.

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Step 6

Pull the needle to tighten the button to the fabric.

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Step 7

Bring the needle up and down again through another set of button holes. Repeat the process 5 or 6 more times to secure the button.

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Step 8

Bring the needle through the fabric up under the button beside the stitching.

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Step 9

Take a small stitch through the threads behind the button. Pull the needle through until there is a small loop of thread left. Pull the needle through the loop and tighten to create a knot. Repeat this step once more to ensure the threads are knotted and secure.

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Step 10

Clip the threads near the knot, hiding them underneath the button.

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You might also enjoy this post on how to sew a shank button.

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