Sewing on Shirt Buttons

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Sewing expert Dawn Anderson demonstrates how to sew on shirt buttons.

    Dawn Anderson

    Dawn began sewing when she was 5 years old and it has since become a lifelong pursuit. Dawn earned a B.A. from Shenandoah University and an M.F.A. from Indiana University, both in Theatre Costume Design. During graduate school she had the opportunity to study in England at Bournemouth University where she focused on corsetry techniques, traditional hand tailoring, and fashion history. During college she worked as a costume designer and patternmaker for theatre and dance, making custom clothing for performers, specialty garments, historic reproductions, corsetry, millinery, and taught basic to advanced sewing classes. After college, she went to work as a free-lance designer and cutter in Edinburgh, Scotland. She returned to the US and began her small ready to wear line and sewing pattern company in Washington DC and Northern Virginia. She currently sells sewing patterns for clothing and hats on her website and at tradeshows. She hand makes men's custom jackets and is expanding her women's ready to wear lines. Dawn currently teaches couture sewing and hat making at sewing conventions, local stores, and in her home in Northern Virginia. She is a member of the American Sewing Guild and leads her own group dedicated to Couture Sewing. Dawn has begun writing for sewing magazines and is working on a book on tailoring. She has also started filming sewing instruction videos and hopes to one day have her own TV show on sewing. Please feel free to visit her website for more information.

    Dawn Anderson: Hi! I'm Dawn Anderson and I'm showing you how to sew by hand. Right now, we're going to sew on a shirt button. Shirt buttons come in two varieties. They can either have four holes in the button or two holes in the button. It's a style choice and also the four buttons are also stronger. So, if it's an active wear shirt, you may want to select the four holes. Ladies blouses, they are often just the two-hole buttons. That'll be sewn either the same way.

    To begin, go ahead and cut approximately 18 inches of thread. I like to sew my buttons on with double thread, which makes it even stronger. So, again loop your thread through and tie your knot and the end catching both ends of the thread. Position your button and I like to start from the underside and you'll come up through the fabric and then place your button over the needle, pull your thread through and then come back down through the second hole in the button. From the underside you'll come up through the first hole and then go back down through the second.

    Repeat this, maybe three or four times. Again, you're using double thread so that'll be even stronger. Maybe one more, just to be strong and then to knot off go ahead and flip it over onto the back side, tie your knot, let's now get down to the fabric surface. Put your thumb down, tighten your thread, cut it. That's how to sew on a shirt button. Now, let's move on to sewing on a shank button.