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How to Sew on a Button

How to Sew on a Button in Three Minutes!

Missing a button on your favorite cardigan? Don’t worry, we've got you covered. In today's Fab How To, we show you how to sew on two- and four-hole buttons. It's a great, basic wardrobe skill to have, and it's really simple once you get the hang of it. You can even use this quick trick to personalize pieces you already have in your closet. Watch and learn how to sew a button now! On Allison: StyleMint top, LuvAJ ring.

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Hey it's Alison, and today I'm going to show you how to sew on a button. It's a great wardrobe skill to have and it's really easy, once you get the hang of it. If you lose a button, most garments come with an extra button or two, but if not, you can head to the store and find one that matches, or replace them all. This is also a really fun way to update and personalize pieces you already own. The first thing you want to do is get your buttons and once you have those, you need to get matching thread. Today I'm using blue, see you can see it, but normally you would want it to match your garment. Then you layout all your buttons as you want them. You also want to double check that they align with the button holes on the other side, so when you're finished it actually closes. For a two hole button, you're going to take your threaded needle and go through the first hole. Then take another needle and secure it in place beside the first stitch. You're going to keep that needle there until the very end. Then you go through the second hole and pull it the whole way through until it's tight. You're going to repeat these stitches until the button is secure, which is usually four to six times. Then you're going to go through just the material and not the button. And now you're going to remove the pin. Then, you're going to take the thread and wrap it six times around the base of the button to secure it. Then push the needle back down through the material. Then you're going to do three to four back stitches to keep it in place. And a back stitch is where you go through the material and then through the loop. then cut off the excess thread, and you've successfully sewed on a two-holed button. For a four-holed button, take your threaded needle and go through the first hole. And then use another pin to keep it in place. This is exactly the same as the two holed button so far. Next, you need to decide whether you want X or parallel stitching. Today we're going to do X stitches, 'cause they're way cuter. For an X stitch, you thread your needle through the diagonal hole. Then you go up through the hole next to that and then across through it's diagonal. And now you have your first X stitch. You're going to repeat this step 4 to 6 times until it's secure. You finish off a four hole button the same way that you hold a button, by going up through the material but not through the button. removing the pin, wrapping it around 6 times, going back through the material. Then do 3 to 4 back stitches and cut off the excess thread. Now you've officially sewed on a four hole button with a really cute x. But I want to personalize my cardigan with the pink one. And now I have a officially transformed my basic black sweater. Make sure to come back here for more wardrobe tips and tricks. I'm Allison. Thanks for watching "That's How To" on Fab Sugar TV.

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Heather2697556 Heather2697556 3 years
Is there a reason for the thread to not be pulled tight behind the button with each stitch so that you are left with that bunch of loose loops on the back? It just doesn't seem very secure, & that those loops would snag on things easily, so I was wondering if there a specific reason to do it that way that?
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