Buttons， whether functional or just decorative， are a favorite element on Sew4Home projects， but we know you start rolling your eyes when you think about having to break out the needle and thread to sew on button after button. For some reason， button-sewing is stuck in our psyche as a dreaded， time-consuming task. We’re here to tell you that need not be true! Read on to learn our favoritepersonalized teacher supplies， super speedy， five-step process to perfect buttons.
Okay... we know this LOOKS like more than five-steps， but that's because writing out something really easy is actually one of the hardest things to do. Practice a few times， and it will become second nature... and will probably seem like just two steps!accent pillow case baby burlap
The steps shown above will vary slightly based on the type of button you’re using. Our sample shows a two-hole button. Other common types are the four-hole and the shank button.
If your buttons are going to be highly functional， meaning there will be a lot of buttoning and un-buttoning going on， it's a good idea to interface the area behind the buttons for added support and stability. (We often do the same for zippers.)
When using very thick fabrics， such as the heavy wools you'd find on a coat， you need to leave space between the button and the fabric so the buttonhole can overlap the button and you can actually button and unbutton the thing! This is called a "thread shank." In order to sew on a button and create the needed space behind， use a toothpick under the button as you sew.？
For very lightweight fabrics， you do not want to add any bulk. Using our quick method for sewing buttons， you need only go around once on sheers!
Finally， thread color is definitely a consideration when sewing buttons， and the decision depends on the finished look you want to achieve. Sometimes you want to match the button itself. Other times， it's more important to match the fabric， such as on a shirt placket. If the collar of the shirt is open， you don't want the button thread to stand out against the fabric. Finally， we sometimes choose a highly contrasting color thread for our button sewing in order to use it as an actual decorative element. We did this on the backs of our？Seersucker Ruffled Square Pillows.
We also recommend using beeswax or a similar product to strengthen your thread when doing any hand sewing technique. Take a look at our？hand sewing article？for more information about these products， as well as other tips for tangle-free hand sewing.
If doubling the thread as we show above is just not working for you， many thread companies offer heavyweight button sewing thread？solely for this purpose. Ask about it at your local sewing supply retailer.
Sample Creation and Instructional Outline： Jodi Kelly
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