How to Sew a Button on a Shirt? A Complete Guide (2021)

If you've ever had a shirt with a missing button, you know just how frustrating it can be to close all the way. Luckily, sewing a button on a shirt is a pretty simple fix and can be done in just a few minutes! Read on our guide below to learn how to sew a button on a shirt. Let's dive in!

How to Sew a Button on a Shirt?

How to Sew a Button on a Shirt

There are many ways to sew a button on a shirt, but the simplest way is to follow these steps:

1. Cut the thread to the desired length. 2. Fold the thread in half by pulling it through the needle. 3. Make a knot by joining the ends of the thread. If necessary, you can repeat this step to ensure the knot is large enough to not cut through the fabric. 4. Place the button on the shirt. Pull the buttonholes open by inserting the needle through the fabric's back. 5. Then, pull the needle down through the opposite hole to the shirt fabric. To make an "X," repeat the process with the other set of holes. Stitch the thread through the buttons. 6. Continue to repeat steps five about six times until you feel the button is secure. 7. To create a loop, pull the thread and needle through the button's backside. 8. Then, draw the needle through the open-loop to make a knot. To secure the knot, repeat this step two to three more times. 9. Reduce excess thread. Cut the thread and remove the excess thread (1) Video:  

Things to Remember when Sewing on a Button

Sewing buttons back on a shirt can seem a little tricky at first, but it is a skill that any seamstress should have under their belt. While one could easily run to the local department store and buy ready-made shirts, there are also great benefits to sewing your own clothing. not only will you be able to spend less money, but once you master button placement, they will look more professional. These are things to remember when sewing on a button.

1. Don't be too ambitious

The first thing you will need to remember is that sewing on a button is not the same as sewing on a zipper. When you sew on a button, all of the details must be planned out. When working with a thread, certain things can get missed, while some things can be overlooked. The end result of this is that when you are doing the final product, there can be problems. For example, when trying to sew on buttons, the type of thread you use, the number of stitches, and the amount of thread leftover can all affect how it looks when done.

2. Size Matters

When you are working with a small group of buttons, sizing is not as important. When working with a large group of buttons, sizing is very important. When you have a small number of buttons, if you use a large stitch length, the entire area will be covered. With a large number of buttons, the entire area is not covered. If you are working with larger groups of buttons, you can use a smaller stitch length to cover more area.

3. Number of Stitches

You must first decide how many stitches you will need. On a very small number of buttons, you can use a relatively large stitch length and sew just on the edges of the button. On a large number of buttons, you can use a smaller stitch length, and sew on a larger area. The number of stitches you use depends on the size of the button.

4. Space Between the Button and Embroidery Stitch

If you are working with a small group of buttons, you can space the stitches evenly on the front of the fabric. If you are working with a large number of buttons, spacing is much more important. On one hand, if you sew in-between the stitches of your embroidery, it will be somewhat difficult to see the stitches. On the other hand, if you sew the embroidery stitches between the button and the fabric, it will be easier to see the stitches because of their small size.

5. When You Sew the Fabric to the Button (top)

Before sewing the fabric to the button, you can use a narrow zigzag stitch. However, I find that a little bit of a French knot is very helpful for securing the fabric. Use a french knot to tie the fabric around the button. Do not over-do this step. If you tie too tightly, it will take a little longer to stitch each button onto the fabric, especially if you have a small group of buttons. If you tie too loosely, the fabric will slip down and won't stay in place. TIP: It may take several tries to get the right French knot. Practice on a scrap of fabric before you sew the buttons onto your quilt. Read also our guide about Fixing A Hole In A Shirt:


Now you know the way to sew a button on your shirt or jacket. You can sew a multitude of buttons and your life will be much more convenient. I hope this tutorial has been helpful to you. Now stop reading and sew some buttons! Good luck!