The basic steps for sewing buttons onto clothing are basically the same. Place the button where you want to sew, thread the needle, and begin sewing under the fabric.

Things you will need:

  • Sewing needle
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Replacement buttons

The sewing method differs depending on the type of button, but the basics are the same. The most used buttons for clothing are flat buttons, often with two or four holes. To learn how to sew a two-hole button, follow the steps below:

1. Find a replacement button for the cloth, that should either resembles the previous buttons or compliment the colour of fabric. Remember to check your garment for replacement buttons as they are usually attached with the care label or sewn inside the shirt.

2. Find the point for sewing the button. This can be easily spottable from the old stitching. In case you cannot see an old stitching, measure the distance between buttons or compare with the hole to ensure the correct position. Mark the point with pencil or chalk.

3. Thread your needle with a 60 cm long thread, double the thread and knot the end. Choose a thinner needle for blouses but choose something slightly sturdier if you’re sewing through heavy fabric.

5. Now, repeat the process but this time start with hole opposite to the one you began Take care to pull the thread taught every time the needle passes through the fabric.

4. Now, push the needle through the fabric and the first hole. Continue to pass it until the whole thread it out and the knot hits the fabric. Then, push the needle through the second whole.

7. In the end, secure the end of the thread by passing the needle under the stitches at the back of the fabric a few times and finish it off by pulling the needle through a final loop.

6. Keep repeating the process and wind the thread around the button several times, before passing back through to the underside.

8. Cut off the extra thread and the garment is ready to be buttoned up!