How To Fix A Button

So, a button fell off your shirt or your pants, or off of something else you have that also has buttons?  And you say this clothing item you actually like and do not want to toss away like a wasteful person?

buttonless pants

We understand and The Loaded Vault has you covered.

Since Home Ec got laughed out of schools, despite teaching some actually useful life skills that would be nice for most Millennials to know, men tend to think these types of jobs are too feminine.

Or, for some, perhaps they simply do not want to take the time to learn a new trade, fearful of how long it will take them to master it.

Well, if you take 3 minutes to read this blog, you would be able to read this blog and fix your button all within 7 minutes.

Here’s what you need:

  • A basic sewing needle
  • A “spacer” (either a 2nd needle, a toothpick, or something like that)
  • Thread (ideally matching the thread of the other buttons, if they are visible on this particular garment)
  • A button
  • Something to cut with

Most people worry about the button part, but most clothes come with spare buttons.  On the inside of your shirt at the very bottom typically beneath the last button, there are usually 1 or more spare buttons:


And the same goes for most dress pants as well:


The trick that I usually use to have spare sewing needles and thread on hand is when I visit a hotel to ask if they have a sewing kit.  Most hotels provide sewing kits for free, they just do not leave them out in the bathrooms with the free shampoo and toothpaste, they make you actually call or go to the front desk.


And, if you do not have these, just pick them up next time you are at virtually any large retail store (WalMart, Target, Supermarkets, Michaels, etc) for just a couple bucks.

First, double thread your needle, like so:


Unless you have limited thread, double threading is always recommended.  You are essentially sewing with two strands each time you go through this way.

Second, create an anchor point:


This means just creating an “X” with your thread and needle.  Be sure you are creating the anchor point where you want the button to be placed.

Third, place the button on top of the anchor:


Fourth, use your spacer to put on top of the button, in between its holes.

Fifth, poke the needle with the double thread from the back of the button, through its hole, over the spacer, and back down into an adjacent hole.  


Next time when you bring the sewing needle and threads through, bring them through the whole open and opposite to where you just went in.


Repeat this process until you have gone through each of the holes at least 3 times on each pair of buttonholes.

After you finish all of these passes on your button, on the last one, you will create what is called a shank.

Create a shank on the last go-around by taking the needle and wrapping it 6x around the space between the bottom of the button and the fabric.


Then, pop the needle and thread back to the backside of the fabric and button that you just attached and tie a knot:


The knot is more effective if you put the needle through the backside of the anchor and all of the wrapping points.  A simple double loop knot suffices here, but do whatever know you feel like.

And, finally, trim/cut off the excess thread:


This process works across the board, regardless of your type of clothing.  The only difference might be if there is still thread in your clothing from where the button fell off.  In which case, you would simply remove the thread, and then follow these steps.

Now you guys can go on and impress your wives and girlfriends with your newfound abilities.  Be careful though, or you might start getting extra chores.

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