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How To Sew a Button on Pants

Learn how to sew a button on pants after it’s fallen off or when you are sewing a pair of pants. This is an easy, quick, and strong way to sew on a button.

There might be lots of tutorials on the internet for sewing on buttons, but I thought I’d share how I do it. I’ve been taught multiple ways to sew on a button, and this one is the best. It’s great when a button falls off a shirt or a pair of pants.

This is the method I learned while working in a tailor shop, and it’s very strong and very quick. It’s also really easy, and you only need a hand needle, thread, and a button.

how to sew a button on pants

If you want a more in depth tutorial you can check out how to sew a button by hand which has a picture tutorial and a video. Also, learn how to open a buttonhole.

If you want to sew the buttons on quicker and you have a sewing machine, you can learn how to sew a button with a sewing machine.

Denim Lander Pants + Rayon Cheyenne Tunic // heatherhandmade.com
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how to sew a button on pants

supplies

  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Hand Needle
  • Button (the right size)
how to sew a button on pants

Thread the needle with two strands of thread and tie a slip 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 a button on pants

Decide how you’re going to sew your button on.

The most common are an “X” design or an “=” design. It’s not set in stone, but it’s common for an “X” design to be seen as masculine and an “=” design to be seen as feminine. There are lots of other designs you can do.

how to sew a button on pants
how to sew a button on pants

Start from the top so that the knot will be hidden under the button.

how to sew a button on pants

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 a button on pants

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

how to sew a button on pants

Wrap your thread around the threads about 3-4 times to create a thread shank.

how to sew a button on pants

Tie a square knot to finish off by going up and through the loop and then down and through the loop. The main thing is to start on one side to tie a knot and then go to the other side to tie another knot.

how to sew a button on pants

Put needle into fabric near the knot and under the button, and then come up out of the fabric about an inch away.

how to sew a button on pants

Cut the thread 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.

You finished the strong and quick button sewing!

how to sew a button on pants

If you make something using this pattern, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

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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!

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 :()

Totally thought I knew how to sew on a button but this is fantastic! Learned new stuff. Thanks!

The new blog looks great! Great button tips 🙂

Those are great tips! And I love your new design!