There might be lots of tutorials out there for sewing on buttons, but I thought I’d share how I do it. It’s quick and strong.

How To Sew On A Button

Supplies:
Thread
Scissors
Needle
Button (right size)
Item to attach button

How To Sew On A Button

1. Thread the needle with a double strand and tie a knot at the other end. This means each time you go in or out of the fabric, you will have four threads.

How To Sew On A Button

2. Decide how you’re going to sew your button on. An “X” design is masculine and a “=” design is feminine.

How To Sew On A Button How To Sew On A Button

3. Start from the top so that the knot hides under the button.

How To Sew On A Button

4. Go up through and hole, down through another hole, and down into the fabric. Come up through the fabric, up through the first hole, down through the second hole, and down into the fabric. Repeat with the third and fourth hole. You’ll go through each hole twice. 

How To Sew On A Button

*Don’t pull too tight so that you will have a thread shank.

How To Sew On A Button

5. Wrap your thread around the shank about 3-4 times.

How To Sew On A Button

6. Tie a granny knot by going up and through the loop and then down and through the loop.

How To Sew On A Button

7. Put needle into fabric near the knot and come up about an inch away. Cut close to the fabric. Now there aren’t any stray threads to show and the long end will help prevent the knots from coming undone.

How To Sew On A Button

(Notice Henry peeking in the corner.)

How To Sew On A Button

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Author: Heather Handmade

I'm a seamstress and mother. I sew, blog, thrift, upcycle, design fabric, and teach sewing classes. I'm also a self-proclaimed fabric fondler.

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5 thoughts on “How To Sew On A Button

  1. A couple of other tips….use heavier weight thread or even Perle Cotton to sew on your buttons and have less mess than using 2 strands and in less time!
    Second, add a dab of Fray Check seam sealant to the back threads of all of your buttons and you will never lose another button again!

    Posted on December 10, 2013 at 3:32 am
  2. Thank you for this tutorial! I never looked up a way to sew on a button, just thought I knew, but it always took me forever to get it done. This is great! And I love your new design as well.Wish my blog would look like this! (i miss a menu bar :()

    Posted on June 27, 2012 at 9:00 pm
  3. The new blog looks great! Great button tips 🙂

    Posted on June 18, 2012 at 8:52 pm
  4. Those are great tips! And I love your new design!

    Posted on June 18, 2012 at 6:44 pm
  5. Totally thought I knew how to sew on a button but this is fantastic! Learned new stuff. Thanks!

    Posted on June 18, 2012 at 9:59 pm