Sewing Buttons

I have a few articles of clothing that were missing buttons and I couldn’t wear them until I had a chance to replace the buttons. I have been piling these buttonless castoffs next to my sewing machine until I had a chance to sit down and sew the buttons back on. I finally had a rainy evening to catch up on a bit of my mending needs.
The Button Collection

The first order of business was to find matching buttons. I looked through my button collection and found a button that would easily match the existing buttons on a dress that I needed to mend. My button collection consists of buttons removed from other clothing that no longer fit or were unwearable. I also get some of my buttons from garage sales or second hand stores. I buy a lot of my sewing notions and threads from estate sales, garage sales, and second hand stores. It saves me a lot of money.
I'm missing a button at the bottom of my dress, so I was showing too much leg. I easily found a black button in my button collection to match the existing buttons.

For the two other articles of clothing that needed buttons I could not find matching buttons from my button collection, so I decided to remove an existing button in a not so noticeable location such as near the shirt collar. Also some clothing has buttons sewn to the inside of the article of clothing in case you need it to replace a lost button.

This handy little tool is a seam remover. It is very helpful in removing seams because it can get into tight spaces.

I'm missing a button on my blouse and I could not find a matching button from my button collection, so I am going to remove a button near the collar and sew it to where it is needed the most.
I use the seam remover to loosen the threads so that I can remove the button. Once the seams are loose they are easy too pull out by hand or cut away carefully with a pair of scissors.
Next, I looked through my threads to find a matching thread to use to sew the button back on with. The thread does not have to match to a “T”. The color of the thread chosen just should not obviously stick out from the other thread used.
Trying to find some matching thread. Do not match tread to the color of the garment. Instead match thread to the thread used to sew on the existing buttons.
With this shirt I will remove a button that is right near the collar and place it where it is needed.
Finally, I thread a needle. Thread the needle by pushing thread through the eye of the needle and tying a knot at the end of the thread. The amount of thread needed depends on how much sewing you plan on doing.  Match the button up to the spot of the lost button’s original location. I hand sew the button using the same pattern that was used to sew on the original buttons by pushing the threaded needle up through the fabric and through one hole of the button, and pushing the needle down through the next button hole and through the fabric. Repeat the process until the button is securely sewn to the fabric. When button is secured tie a knot in the back of the button with the thread and cut off excess thread with a pair of scissors.
I inserted the thread into the eye of the needle. It is helpful to cut the end of the thread before inserting it into the eye, because cutting off the frayed ends make it easier to insert.
After deciding how much thread you need to sew with  cut off the end of the thread, bring both thread ends together, and make sure to tie a secure knot at the end. You can clip off the excess of thread after tying off the ends.

Place button so that it lines up with the button hole. Push needle up through the fabric and button hole and then push needle down through the next button hole and fabric.

Make sure to mimic the sewing pattern that is found on the other existing buttons.
The button is securely attached.
Sewing on a button on another garment.
Another completed button sewn.
After button is securely attached make a knot on the backside of the button with the thread and snip off the excess thread.
The button is sewn on the dress and now I can wear it without fear of showing too much leg.

Sewing is an important skill for women and girls no matter if you live on or off a farm. It is important to know a bit of basic sewing, so that you can easily mend clothing, save a bit of money, and be a bit more self-sufficient.


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