I thought I’d go along with the theme Mindy started today and make my tutorial about sewing as well. Now, many of us had to sit through excruciating Home Ec classes (or as our P.C. high school called it “Family Arts and Consumer Sciences”) but that feels like ages ago and frankly, I could use a refresher course. I’ve also decided to take up sewing again (in the simplest of forms) and last night I busted out my trusty sewing machine for the first time in over a year to alter some vintage dresses I had lying around. It was fun but I was a bit rusty (a total understatement) so for my sake and yours, here’s a quick lesson on button sewing!
- Select a button and thread color that best matches the fabric you are working with (and other buttons on the garment if you’re just replacing a missing button).
- Cut the thread into a length about as long as the distance from a finger to your elbow, or about 1/2 yard.
- Feed thread through the eyehole at the top of a needle. Pull thread through until the needle is in the middle of the thread’s length.
- Fold the thread in half and tie a knot at the ends where they meet. Double the knot so it is secure.
- Place button where you intend to sew it onto the material.
- Moving underneath the material, push the needle through and into one of the holes on the button and pull all the way through until the thread’s knot stops you from pulling any further.
- Push the needle down through the next hole in the button and through the material.
- Repeat steps 6 and 7 about 3 times until all the holes on the button are secured down with numerous strands of thread.
- Push needle through the button and material one last time, ending underneath the fabric. Tie off thread with a knot. Double knot.
- Cut off excess thread. You’re all done!