I know it’s something that seems so simple.
I mean, who doesn’t know how to sew buttons by hand, right? Button, needle, thread, scissors….stick the needle in the holes back and forth, and, poof, finished.
Well, maybe you know there’s more than that. For a long time, though, I didn’t. I learned this method from a sewing judge two years ago when my daughter did 4-H Sewing. She thought my daughter’s blouse was lovely (she ended up winning her category and went to state), but said my daughter needed to re-sew the buttons.
This method applies to buttons without a shank. See, when they don’t have a shank, they need extra love. They need for you to make ’em one. A button with a thread shank will remain more secure and make buttoning/unbuttoning much easier!
What you’ll need:
* As you can guess…needle, thread, button, scissors
How to sew buttons by hand
Thread your needle with at least 24in of thread and double the thread (making the final amount of thread off the needle about 12in long). Knot the end with a secure knot using a quilter’s knot, but don’t make it super large.
Next, take a stitch in your fabric. Once the knot meets the fabric, give it a quick tug (it will make a popping sound) to force the knot into the fabric, burying it between the layers. Forever.
Thread your needle through the hole of the button. Now, place the toothpick under the button between the holes (this button has two holes but if you have four, that’s fine too). Sew back and forth into the holes, straddling the toothpick.
After you’ve sewn through the holes several times, bring the needle back up to the front – but not into one of the buttonholes – and remove the toothpick. Pull the button up a little, so the thread is snug against the top of the button. Next, wind the thread under the button many times, creating several layers of thread that turn into a thread shank.
Knot the thread under the button and clip the thread.
Want to know more about the dress in the first photo? Read about it in this post about adding side-seam pockets to skirts and dresses.
For another fabulous method that I just read about – check out this button-sewing technique by Sew Maris!
Lots of neat ways to do things.
Do you have a button-sewing secret you’d like to share? Please tell us about it in the comments!
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