Lost a button? Don’t throw it away! Reattaching a button is an easy sewing project that every adult should know. All you need is a button, thread and a needle.
First, thread a needle and tie a knot in the end. A good rule of thumb is to have a piece of thread as long as your arm span. Hold the end of the thread in one hand and with your arms stretched out at your sides, hold the spool in the other. Match the cut ends together and knot them securely.
Insert the needle, facing the inside of the garment, and pull until the knot is firmly in the place where you would like you button. Bring the needle from the inside of the pants, back to the outside. Put the button on the thread and hold it against the fabric as you sew it in place.
Insert the needle into another hole in the button. The goal is to make an “X” with the thread, but and “11” is ok, too. Just remember, if you thread is coming out of the back, put the needle into the back. Same with the front. Do not bring a needle around to the other side of the fabric and insert. The thread will wrap the edge of your project and you will have to start over.
Make an “X” several times to strengthen the button. When you feel the button is properly attached, bring the needle from the back, but not through the button hole. Bring the needle up between the fabric and the button. Wrap the thread around the shank of the button several times before knotting twice.
Sometimes, it can be difficult to find the button hole from the back of the fabric. Here’s a tip: Insert the needle where the other threads appear, through the fabric. Peek between the button and the fabric to find the buttonhole.