How To Sew On A Button | Step By Step Visual Guide | Sewing On Buttons

Had a button pop off my shirt last week.

Two weeks before that I wanted to replace all the buttons on my blazer.

Just yesterday I noticed the top button on my favorite two-button sport jacket was about to come off.

So yeah, it helps to know how to sew on a button!

But do you know how?

 

In the info-graphic below I show you exactly how to do it in detail so that you can even hand off the task to someone who has never handled a needle and thread!

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This new men’s style info-graphic is brought to you by my friends over at Lee Jeans. I’m wearing their modern series denim right now as I type, and find they make great all purpose jeans I can wear in the office, on the road, and even at a conference (matched with a jacket of course!).

Click here to learn more about Lee Modern Series via their new blog.

 

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Want more?

Not clear on a step?

Click here to watch me cover how to sew on a button in a video!

This new men’s style info-graphic is brought to you by my friends over at Lee Jeans.

I’m wearing their modern series denim right now as I type, and find they make great all purpose jeans I can wear in the office, on the road, and even at a conference (matched with a jacket of course!).

Click here to learn more about Lee Modern Series via their new blog.

 

And remember – when someone says sewing isn’t manly, just remind them that even Rambo knew how to sew and make his own clothing/stitch wounds!

Plus who wants to pay $5-10 for each button you need sewed on? A man should be self sufficient!

 

Any stories of how your sewing skills have helped save the day?

Let me know in the comments!

  • http://www.thedistilledman.com/ Kyle Ingham

    Great infographic and video! Who knew I would need 24″ of thread and a second needle to sew on a button? No wonder I’ve never done it successfully. Thanks for sharing!

  • RMRStyle

    Thanks Kyle :) Hey – are you an RSS reader – I haven’t even shared it and curious how you found it so quick!

  • http://www.thedistilledman.com/ Kyle Ingham

    yes sir! through Feedly…

  • Gildas Kaboré

    Great!! I know that many of my clothes will get fixed.

  • RMRStyle

    Sadly I lost everything when Google reader went down – never recovered :)

  • RMRStyle

    Great to hear!

  • Richard Wasserman

    I know how to sew and used to but, they never stayed on like an expert. If you take your clothes to the laundry, they do it for free.

  • http://www.thedistilledman.com/ Kyle Ingham

    Ugh!

  • simon

    an actual video of the sewing would be extremely helpful!

  • clandaddy

    Many, many thanks for this and so many other tidbits you’ve tossed my way over time. I’m using you and your info as a checklist for training my own boys in the art of manly dress s they move up from high school to college to business.
    My own experience is that, while we used to make an effort to ensure young ladies learned ‘manly’ stuff, like how to change a tire, we have neglected to teach our young men that basics of bachelor life. Many have been the times I’ve used the same method in the infographic to teach a Boy Scout how to sew on his own button rather than running to mama. (Sadly, I get mixed reviews from many moms, many of whom seem to prefer the dependence of their boys.)

  • officemonk

    I have sewed many a button on, and learned from samplemakers in the garment industry – use a large eyed needle and put two strands of thread in, so when you sew each stich is 4 strands of thread, so you get done twice as fast!

  • Lezmajz Zangronis

    I was in such a need for this…. Thank you very much…

  • Keith Lutz

    I have known how to handle a needle and thread since I was eight years old. My Grandmother was a pieceworker in a mens’ clothing factory for 40 years. She taught me how to sew. I charged 50 cents a button and $2.00 to hand hem pants when I was in college. I was considered the ‘master tailor’ of my fraternity in the 70’s.

  • vandf

    If so many men can not sew on a button I think that they do not know how to make a thread’s knot. You should add this part to the guide.

  • Vandf

    I mean making the first knot before sewing

  • SK

    This is an invaluable lesson for all men, young and old alike!
    You’ve been a great blessing. Keep going, keep at it.

  • Ben

    I might be a little confused but in the video it seems you make mulitple passes through the holes of the button. But, in the infographic you seem to only make one pass through the holes of the buttons

  • RMRStyle

    There are variances Ben – I give you a bit of freedom :) Actually the video was shot a while back – so they weren’t synced!

  • RMRStyle

    Thanks SK – I think it’s pretty important as well!

  • RMRStyle

    I probably should – GREAT point Vandf!

  • RMRStyle

    Keith – I love the story here – hopefully your prices have gone up in the last 40 years :)

  • RMRStyle

    That’s in the works!

  • RMRStyle

    Some do it for free – many charge nowadays and use poor quality buttons as well!

  • RMRStyle

    You are very welcome!

  • RMRStyle

    Great point Officemonk!

  • RMRStyle

    Great comment here – FYI, I use these as internal teaching tools as well! My new assistant was prepping my clothing the other day – needed to sew on a button – guess where I sent her :)

  • Richard Wasserman

    Guess I picked the correct cleaners

  • Joe

    As I was getting ready for an interview last week, I noticed that the button on my suit was dropped drooped downward. Though I’ve never sewn a button before I took out my trusty sewing kit and went to town. I had a general idea of how to go about it, but really just made my own way of creating slack. Rather than using a toothpick (as shown in the picture) I used a fork between the button and cloth as a base. About 5 minutes later I was done and my work was actually better than the second button that was fully intact. So I took another 5 minutes to redo the other button. From there, I shined my shoes (always the last thing) and aced the interview. I actually used this example in one of the behavioral questions I received from the interviewer. I received a call this morning to schedule a second interview.

  • RMRStyle

    One thing leads to another – great to hear Joe and best of luck on nailing part 2!

  • Gary R

    Staying away for a formal dinner I realised I had forgotten the shirt studs. Dress shirt no buttons! 19:30 hours! My “housewife” kit had buttons, needle and cotton. 8 mins five buttons! Top tip when in a hurry don’t cut the cotton, keep going down the inside of the shirt! Per Ardua ad Astra!

  • Tiger

    amazing pal sooooooooooo amazing

  • menstyle

    Awesome!

  • menstyle

    Glad to hear that! Congratulations, Joe! :)

  • Bro AJK

    I quilt regularly, so I let my machine sew the buttons back on for me. This summer, while working at a summer camp, I’ve replaced buttons, zippers, embroidered on a hat, and repaired hems, seams, and pockets.

  • RMRStyle

    Thank you Tiger!

  • RMRStyle

    Any tips for us?

  • Bro AJK

    Besides learning how to use a sewing machine? Seriously, learning how to sew a button and repair a hem and seam are the three sewing skills a man should most certainly know as they are rather easy. A zipper, on the other hand, is difficult.