How to Hand Sew a Button
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How to Hand Sew a Button

Difficulty Beginner
Budget < £10
Time < 1 hour

We're on a mission to get Britain sewing again! The 2018 Hobbycraft Report found that 1 in 5 people in the UK can't sew on a button, with 52% never taught at school, so we're giving teachers, parents and budding stitchers creative inspiration for imaginative button makes, with projects suitable for individuals and group activities and ideas that are both fun and educational! Find out more about the Great British Button Challenge and the great prizes up for grabs, at www.hobbycraft.co.uk/buttonchallenge Read this tutorial by Miss Libby Rose to find out the best way to hand sew a button. There's a handy video too, if you'd like to see this sewing expert in action!

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How to make

Step 1

Thread the needle. Double thread the needle for extra strength. You can use a threading tool to make this process simpler. Pull through so the needle is in the middle of the length of thread. Tie a knot at the two thread ends so that they are joined.

How to hand sew a button

Step 2

Place the button onto the fabric and hold. Begin to sew the button from the back of the fabric 

How to hand sew a button

Step 3

Run the stitch through the opposite buttonholes several times

How to hand sew a button

Step 4

Move the stitch over to the adjacent buttonholes

How to hand sew a button

Step 5

Run the stitch through the opposite button holes several times. Try to sew into the same holes as this will create a neat finish

How to hand sew a button

Step 6

Slide the needle down so that it goes underneath all stitches

How to hand sew a button

Step 7

Loop the thread around to form a knot. Pull tight, and cut using scissors

How to hand sew a button

Step 8

Check that the button is secure

How to hand sew a button

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