How to Hand Sew a Button

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

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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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.

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

3. Run the stitch through the opposite buttonholes several times

4. Move the stitch over to the adjacent buttonholes

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

6. Slide the needle down so that it goes underneath all stitches

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

8. Check that the button is secure


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