It’s a simple task, but a surprising number of people don’t know how to sew a button.
According to a recent survey out the UK, 59 per cent of Brits said they were unable to sew.
Additionally, a third (33 per cent) of people said they weren't taught how to sew, with 16 per cent admitting they've had to ask their parents for help when mending clothes.
Surprisingly, 23 per cent of people polled can’t sew on a button on properly.
It’s not just the Brits struggling to sew, either.
In 2014, a small US study found Millennials don’t have a clue when it comes to simple clothes mending and repair skills, including fixing a popped button.
How to sew a button
Better Homes and Garden’s craft editor, Dora Papas, shows you how to sew a button.
Gather your supplies
- A sharp sewing needle
- 45 – 60cm sewing thread to match fabric or button
- 2-hole button
Note: These steps can be adapted to suit a 4-hole button.
Step 1 Thread the needle and knot the end. You can use the thread doubled or you can use a single thread but you’ll need about 30cm to work with. If doubling your thread, knot the ends together. If working with a single thread, knot the end.
Step 2 Starting on the wrong side of your fabric, push the needle to the front where the button is to be sewn, then back down, back up then down again, creating an ‘X’.
Step 3 Place the button over the ‘X’ and push the needle and thread all the way up from the back of the fabric to the front through one of the button’s holes. Holding the button in place with your finger, push the needle and thread down through the opposite hole. Before you tug the thread right down against the button, insert a spacer such as a spare needle between the thread and button. Tug the thread tight. With the spacer in place, a short line of thread should now connect the two holes. Repeat this step three times (if using doubled thread) or 6 times (if using single thread).
Step 4 Remove the needle spacer. Then, to create a ‘shank’, take the needle through the fabric without going through the button. Tightly wrap the thread several times around the threads under the button. Take the needle and thread through to the back of the fabric and securely tie off.