HOW TO SEW ON A BUTTON
(This process works best for shirt, suit, or pant buttons)
STEP 1: Thread the Needle and Knot the End of the Thread
To start, be sure you have at least 12” of thread to work with. If you have 24” or more, double over the thread, which means you slide the thread through the eye of the needle, folding the thread in half until you have 2 equal sides of thread. Put a square knot in the end of the thread, using both sides together.
STEP 2: Create an Anchor X Point
Starting on the back side of the fabric, run the needle through the front where the button will eventually live. Run the thread through to the back, and again to the front, to create a small X where the button will be centered. This X will also act as reinforcement for the thread so that the button doesn’t loosen from stress.
STEP 3: Position the Button
Put the button on the anchor X and begin sewing from the back side of the fabric. Push the needle through the first button hole. At this point you will want to use a spacer. A second needle or a toothpick will work fine.
Push the needle through the second hole from the front side of the fabric to the back side, encasing the second needle in a loop.
Push the needle from the back side of the fabric and through the third button hole and pull the thread all the way through, while using your fingertip to keep the button in place. Then push the needle back through the last button hole, while sliding the second needle in place to encase it a second time by a second loop.
Repeat 3 sets of this process for each set of holes. (A total of 6 times)