- Garment - Remove if possible
- Button - Use the original button, or find a similar one (there may be an extra sewn on the inside of the garment.)
- Needle - The slimmer the better.
- Thread - Use about 2 feet. Try to match the clothing color.
- Scissors - Other cutting tools may be used.
- Spacer - Something thin like another needle or a toothpick
Step 1. Thread the Needle & Knot the End
- Slide the thread through the eye of the needle
- Tie the loose ends in a knot. You may need to do a double knot if the fabric has a loose weave.
Step 2. Create anchor "X" point
- Run the needle through the back to the front of the fabric where the button is going to be needed.
- Create an "X" by running the needle through the front to the back, and then repeating.
This "X" will serve as an anchor to reinforce the button placement.
Step 3. Position the Button
- Place the button on the "X".
- Push needle up through the back and through the first button hole.
- Lay spacer on top of button.
- Sewing over the spacer, push the needle back down through the second button hole.
- Push the needle back up through the fabric and first button hole, over the spacer, and back down through the second hole.
- Repeat last step 4 more times, alternating between the two sets of holes.
Step 4. Create the Shank
- Remove the spacer.
- Push the needle up through the fabric, but turn to the side before going through the button hole.
- Wrap the thread around the stitches holding the button on. (The thread should wrap between the button and the fabric.)
- Wrap around six times.
- Pull tight.
Step 5. Tie it Off
- Drive the needle back down through the anchor.
- Remove the needle from the thread by snipping the thread close to the needle.
- Tie the two loose ends together close to the fabric to keep the thread from pulling loose.
- Cut off extra thread.