When a button falls off an item of clothing, don’t panic and think you’ve got to bin it. Instead, follow these simple instructions to salvage the item. You just need a replacement button, a needle, and some thread.

  1. Cut a length of thread and put it through the eye of the needle, make sure the light is good where you’re working as this will make it easier.
  2. Knot the end of the thread to provide a grip for your first stitch.
  3. Place the button where you’d like to fix it on the clothing, and make sure, if there is one, that the loop on the back of the button is facing straight up.
  4. Guide the needle and thread through one of the holes, or through the loop.
  5. Use your thumb to hold the button in place and push the needle back through the fabric via another hole.
  6. Turn the fabric over and push the needle back up through the fabric, close to where the button is attached.
  7. Repeat step 6 a few times, changing the position of the needle each time, forming an ‘X’ shape with the stitches for a 4-holed button, a straight line with a 2-holed button, or its threaded through, over, and down on a loop button.
  8. Once the button is fastened securely to the fabric, push the needle back up through the fabric, to the base of the button, rotate 3 times and make a knot in the thread by pushing the needle through a loop of the thread and then pulling the needle and thread tight.
  9. Push the thread back through to the underside of the fabric and make a few cross-stitches in the fabric to reinforce the button.
  10. Now it’s time to cut the thread close to your stitches, allowing a little tail in the end so you can knot the thread together.
  11. Cut the remaining excess thread.
  12. Check the button to make sure it is securely attached and does not come undone when wobbled. If necessary, repeat the process to reinforce the stitching and hold the button in place.

That’s it! With these simple steps, you can sew a button to almost any garment as a fastening or even just for decoration.

If you work better with a visual guide, this video from Treasurie can start you off.

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