Many Ways to Sew on a Button

Sitting here and wondering what my next topic for my blog will be and with the major holidays having passed (ok I know that Memorial Day and 4th July is just right around the corner and if I wait any longer those too will also pass me by).  But,  I knew there was one that I haven’t attempted and needed to accomplish – How Many Ways To Sew On A Button…? yes,  I’m challenging myself.

So,  with that I started the other day and I couldn’t stop and I’m still going and probably will still go until I’ve exhausted myself on the 2 hole…(oh yes I do plan on attempting the 4-hole).

What boggles the brain is who would have thought that a button, needle and thread would have such control… Once you start you can’t stop….

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So sit back as I take you thru this on going journey and if anyone would like to join me…we welcome you to join in on the fun.

You may want to prepare yourself  – who would have thought this was possible? And I’m going to believe there are MANY more ways to sew on a BUTTON! this is just the beginning…

For this project I’m just using a simple white fabric – some colorful BUTTONS from our Favorite Findings Buttons and embroidery floss. You can see all the matte buttons we carry in our online button store.  I wanted this project to be fun and indeed it has become more than that!  It’s where FUN & CREATIVITY become one.   I also look at this project as a guide for those who just want to have fun with their garments and just need some imagination to changing out a drab existing button.  But you need to remember – this is just for decorative…if you’re looking for actual closure well we may need to stick to the basic…

So here are just a few ways…

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okay this basic stitching  – it’s okay but as you can see just by re-directing the needle and thread…(they may look the same but by just adding the center stitch it’s already another design).

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what about just knotting it from the top or adding a bow.  “Viva” le Button!

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yes the lt green button and blue button are the same but just flipped – it gives you a totally different look….Remember it’s all on how you align your button holes!



there’s no order in which I stitched these maybe it would have been interesting – but just by looking at the two photos above the lt green Button and pink Button – just by stitching in opposite direction…purple and yellow hmm same?


Just by adding a stitch and and by flipping the direction another look….

There’s definitely more to come and well here are some overall shots

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Here’s the photo that I posted on Instagram – this was the beginning of my project…

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and if you see some “un” stitched Buttons well I’m just stitching along and will show you progress as I come along… I still have about 21 more ways to finish (on a two-hole Button!).

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Have some creative ways on stitching? This is just needle and thread- what if you decided to add beads??? I think I may need some additional buttons and fabric!


Happy Stitching – Happy Crafting!


11 Comments on Many Ways to Sew on a Button

  1. Nik
    November 21, 2015 at 12:04 pm (5 years ago)

    Such a great idea! Your creative take on plain buttons looks so arsty and fun.
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. krista
    January 2, 2016 at 8:09 am (5 years ago)

    I love buttons and have many, now I cannot wait to use your method. I make and sell doll clothes and like to change things up a bit, this will help.

  3. Lilly
    February 4, 2016 at 12:18 pm (5 years ago)

    You could tottaly put thse in a picture frame on a blank wall. So cute!!!

  4. Donna
    April 11, 2016 at 10:24 am (4 years ago)

    Lovely,I agree with Lilly, just frame it.

  5. Pamela
    April 16, 2016 at 3:23 pm (4 years ago)


  6. Kate
    May 1, 2016 at 8:20 pm (4 years ago)

    So…are these just decorative? Or can buttons sewed this way still be used? I’m not clear on whether the thread is going through the fabric at the edge of the button, making it decorative, or if you’re somehow going through the fabric below the center of the button like normal, just coming from the side instead of through the top.

    • Helen
      May 23, 2016 at 9:16 am (4 years ago)

      Kate, the majority of the buttons shown are “decorative” only. If you’re intending to use it as a closure then you can only sew it through the button holes. Once I catch up I’ll show you variety of 4-hole button ideas. Thanks hope this answered your question.

  7. sirlei
    May 11, 2016 at 1:24 pm (4 years ago)

    Muito lindo. Parabéns.

  8. Dorte ettner
    May 20, 2016 at 10:45 pm (4 years ago)

    What a great Idea ….I like it ☺❤

  9. Angelina Ortiz
    April 11, 2019 at 7:02 pm (1 year ago)

    I would lob=ve to do this on a small lap quilt for a shy 5- year old as a therapy blanket but securely attached….. thank you for your ideas!


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