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Hand sewing buttons is such a simple technique, even if you’re a beginner, and a skill you can use time and time again. Yet, knowing how to sew on a button the right way is important, if you want them to stay on! We’re going to share our little tricks with you with this easy, step-by-step guide to sewing on a button.

1: Thread your needle

Draw the thread all the way through until both ends meet and tie in a knot. This will make your thread doubly strong.

Threading needle to sew a button

2: Attach button

Hold the button in place, insert the needle into the back of the fabric, and draw up through one of the buttonholes.

Attaching button to a fabric

3: Make some space

Hold a pin across the top of the button, and secure in place with a stitch.  You don’t have to do this, but it creates a bit of give in the thread to allow you to get it through the buttonhole nice and easily.

Secureing the button in place

4: Sew

Pass the needle through the fabric and back through the buttons holes eight times.

Sewing the button onto fabric

5: Strengthen button

Insert the needle into the fabric and bring it out just behind the button.  Now wrap the thread around the stitches eight times.

Strengthening button

6: Fasten off

Bring the needle back to the back of the fabric, and tie off.

Fastening off to finish sewing a button

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