When I was in middle school, I remember arriving late to a tennis lesson with my friend Ashleigh. I explained to my coach that I was late because I had to sew a button on to my polo shirt. She looked at me with a puzzled look and said, “You know how to sew on a button? I don’t even know how to sew on a button!” (This was a grown lady – probably a mother.) I remember being rather shocked :-).
Honestly, I don’t know what you do if you don’t know how to sew a button. Hire someone to do it? Take your item to the tailor? Or even just give that item of clothing away? This is a skill I’m sure every human needs to know regularly – and I am grateful my mom taught me how to sew a button!
Just a fun little fact. My mom had (probably still has) an old metal tennis can (no relation to the tennis story above!) that had a slit cut in the top of the plastic lid. This is where she kept her spare buttons – ones that she collected. This is a great way to keep all your extra buttons – as well as all the pretty ones that you find on the ground ;-). I just keep mine in a ziplock bag, but have collected a LOT of spare buttons in the past years. This is where I throw all my duplicate buttons from my clothes – so I know where to find them when I need them! (This is also SUPER fun to play with when you are little kid!)
This is also a great flirting technique. Of course my husband knows how to sew a button – but I definitely offered to sew – and sewed – many of his buttons when we were dating. Instant girlfriend points :).
So, without further ado, here’s a simple technique…
How to sew a Button
You don’t need a major sewing kit for something like this. I just keep a white and black spool of thread, a needle or two, and a few random other sewing things in a ziplock bag. I keep this in my desk drawer – and so can pull it out for almost any quick stitching! You hardly need more than these things.
Oh, and I LOVE my sewing scissors. They were a birthday present from my mom one year – and are the best!
by Fiskars [FISKARS]
Cut a long piece of thread and thread your needle. On the other end of the thread, you need a strong knot. This is how you make that…
How to quickly knot a piece of thread
- You can either just knot a single thread on the end – or double up the thread and make the knot through both ends of the thread.
- Lick on your pointer finger and thumb to wetten them.
- Wrap your thread multiple times around your pointer finger and hold with thumb.
- Rub the two fingers together until the thread loops off your pointer.
- Use both fingers to keep rubbing that little loop until its a mess of thread :-).
- Pinch with both fingers and pull tight to end of the thread. It will knot right up!
Pull your thread through your fabric, with the knot on the back side of your fabric. Thread your button on the thread, and make sure it matches where your buttonhole is.
Basically, sewing a button is just in-and-out through the holes. You either will be looping the thread through two parallel holes – or two sets of diagonal holes.
Just, come up through one hole, and stick your needle in the opposite hole. Make TONS of loops through those holes until each set of holes is tightly sewed on. If you are doing diagonal holes (like these pictures), just do all one side before switching (on the underside of the fabric) to the opposite set of holes.
I am sorry this tutorial is SO technical (not!).
When you are done, you need a strong knot on the underside of your fabric. This is REALLY easy!
How to knot the end of your thread after sewing
- Pull your thread to the underside of your fabric.
- Make a few small stitches through the backend to make sure it is holding tightly.
- Make one stitch, and before you pull tight, loop your needle through the thread loop. Pull tight, so you make a little knot with your thread through the loop.
- Repeat a couple times, pulling your thread through each loop.
- Cut your thread – you’re done!
I am sure this is all NO-BRAINER stuff – but apparently not everyone knows how to sew on a button (ahem! my tennis teacher!). So, enjoy these little steps to teach everyone you know :-). Just kidding. This would be weird dinner conversation.
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