A Stitch in time: Sewing on a Hole Button.

Buttons are essential elements of our clothing, holding everything together in style. However, a loose or missing button can quickly turn a favorite garment into a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen. Fear not! Sewing on a button is a simple and useful skill that anyone can master with a bit of patience and the right technique. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to sew on a button securely, ensuring your clothes stay intact and you look polished.


  1. Needle: Choose a needle with an eye large enough to accommodate the thread but small enough to fit through the buttonholes.
  2. Thread: Use a thread that matches the color of your fabric. For extra strength, consider using a double strand.
  3. Button: Ensure the replacement button is the right size and style for your garment.
  4. Scissors: A pair of sharp scissors will make cutting the thread easier.
  5. Thimble (optional): Protect your fingers from soreness, especially when dealing with thicker fabrics.

Step-by-Step Guide:

1. Thread the Needle:

  • Cut a length of thread (around 18 inches is usually sufficient).
  • Thread the needle, pulling the thread through until you have equal lengths on each side.

2. Knot the Thread:

  • Tie a knot at the end of the thread, creating a double strand for added strength. Ensure the knot is large enough to prevent it from pulling through the fabric.

3. Position the Button:

  • Place the button in the desired position on the fabric, aligning it with the existing buttonholes.

4. Start from the Back:

  • Insert the needle from the backside of the fabric, pulling it through until the knot catches.

5. Sew Through the Button:

  • Push the needle up through one of the buttonholes, then down through the opposite hole. Repeat this process several times, creating a sturdy foundation.

6. Reinforce the Attachment:

  • For added strength, sew through the fabric a few times without going through the button. This creates a sort of anchor between the button and the fabric.

7. Create a Shank (Optional):

  • If your button is thicker, you may want to create a shank. To do this, place a pin or toothpick on the fabric before sewing through the button. This leaves a small gap between the button and the fabric.

8. Secure the Thread:

  • Finish by sewing a few stitches on the backside of the fabric. This secures the thread in place.

9. Tie a Knot:

  • Tie a secure knot on the back, and trim any excess thread with scissors.


Congratulations! You’ve successfully sewn on a button, rescuing your favorite garment from the brink of wardrobe disaster. With this simple skill, you can extend the life of your clothes and add a personal touch to your wardrobe repairs. So, the next time a button goes missing, don’t panic—just grab a needle and thread and stitch your way to a quick and stylish fix!