Make do Monday-How to sew on a button

Something that might seem very simple to your average tailor is how to sew on a button. I must admit though that there are many shirts and even more loose buttons that I keep putting aside because there is a small amount of concentration needed. It is nice to be able to wear your favourite clothes again after you’ve had them mended though, so here is a step by step guide so that you can give it a go!

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You will need:

  • a button
  • some colour matched thread
  • a needle for hand-sewing
  • a pair of scissors to cut the thread

1. Thread the needle and make a knot at the end of the thread so that it won’t come out as you sew. If you make the thread double the job will be a bit faster. (My grandmother taught me to never sew with a thread that was longer than the distance from my hand to my elbow, that way you won’t get it tangled)

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2. Locate where you need to place the button and pull the needle through one of the holes, from the back, to secure it in place.

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3. Stitch up and back down in the opposite hole leaving a small gap between the button and the fabric so that you’re not sewing the button on too hard.

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4. After about 3-6 stitches you can wrap the thread around the stitches you’ve made underneath the button.

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5. Push the needle through the back of the fabric, tie another knot to secure the thread and cut off the excess with the scissors.

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There you are, get started on those clothes in the “to be fixed” pile so they may return to your wardrobe!

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