Mastering the art of sewing: A step-by-step guide to sewing a button

How to sew a button

Mastering the art of sewing: A step-by-step guide to sewing a button

SOJO Tailor
August 15, 2023

So, here's the scoop: only 1 out of 4 people in the UK know how to sew on a button. It's like sewing is slowly doing the disappearing act! Remember when needles and pins were everywhere at home? Now it's like finding a unicorn.

But fear not, because we're about to unravel the button mystery! Whether you're rescuing a button or jazzing up your project with some flair, sewing on a button is where it's at.

Materials you'll need:

- Needle
- Thread (matching the fabric or button colour)
- Button
- Scissors
- Thimble (optional, but recommended for extra finger protection)
- Fabric or garment with the missing button

The steps:

1. Thread the Needle

Begin by cutting a length of thread (approximately 18-24 inches) and threading it through the eye of the needle. Double the thread over and tie a knot at the end, creating a secure starting point.

2. Position the Button

Position the button on the fabric where you want it to be attached. Hold the button in place and insert the needle from the backside of the fabric to the front, bringing it up through one of the buttonholes. Ensure that the knot prevents the thread from pulling through completely.

3. Sew the Button

Pass the needle down through the opposite buttonhole and then back up through the first hole, creating a parallel stitch. Repeat this process several times, ensuring the stitches are tight and secure. The number of passes you make will depend on the thickness of your fabric and the size of the button.

4. Secure the Thread

To secure the button in place, insert the needle to the backside of the fabric and make a few small stitches on the underside. This creates a sturdy anchor for the button.

5. Knot the Thread

Trim any excess thread and tie a knot close to the fabric on the backside, ensuring the button is securely fastened.

6. Final Touches

Inspect your button to make sure it is firmly attached and able to move freely. Test its functionality by fastening and unfastening the button a few times.

And there you have it! If you're still feeling a bit wobbly about this whole button-sewing thing, then why not let SOJO take care of it? Utilise our expert repair and tailoring services with doorstep collection and delivery. Book now.


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