Sewing on a Button + Class Conclusion

In this lesson, we're going to learn about buttons and how to sew them on to finish your case! Once that's done, I'll share some projects for you to try next to keep building your sewing skills.

Buttons come in two forms - flat and shank. In this lesson, I'll teach you how to sew on both types. Then I'll walk you through attaching the button to your gadget case. :D

Flat buttons have holes in the middle of the button - usually two or four. They're the most common.

Shank buttons have no holes in the button, but instead rely on a shank on the back with a hole in the end.

This allows the button to be sewn on with no thread showing. Shank buttons are often found on coats and dresses.

Sewing on a Flat Button

To sew on a flat button, you will need:

  • 8 inches of doubled thread
  • A needle
  • A toothpick
  • Scissors
  • A pen for marking where you want the button to lay

Mark where you want the button to sit. Double thread your needle and knot the ends!

Insert your needle from back to front through your fabric and pull the thread tight. Push the needle up through one of the holes in the button and down through another.

Make sure you're ONLY sewing through one side of the case which is one layer of outer fabric and lining fabric. If you sew through both sides, you'll sew the case closed. :)

(If you're using a button with two holes, that's it! If you're using a button with four holes, you need to decide how to sew it down. You can go horizontally, vertically, diagonally - whatever looks nicest to you. Just make sure you sew it as two pairs of holes.)

Now push the needle back through the fabric close to where you started.

Pull the thread tight and the button will flatten down against the fabric. Insert your toothpick between the two buttonholes you just sewed through.

Make a few more stitches through the button holes with the toothpick in place.

Now bring your needle up through the fabric but under the button as shown.

Pull the thread tight and wrap the thread end counter clockwise around the stitches you just made. Keep the thread over the toothpick and under the button. Do this about 8 times.

We do this to make a shank of sorts. Without this thread shank, the button would lay very flat and tight against the fabric, making it hard to use. The shank makes the button sit off the fabric a bit, allowing it to be put through a buttonhole more easily. The shank also allows the button to handle more stress and force, so it's especially smart to use this technique on heavy coats and clothing. :)

Pull the toothpick out and wrap the thread around a few more times.

Pass your needle to the back of the fabric and pull tight. Tie a couple knots and you're done!

And there you go - a flat button sewn on the right way. :)

Sewing on a Shank Button

To sew on a shank button, you will need:

  • 8 inches of doubled thread
  • A needle
  • Scissors
  • A pen for marking where you want the button to lay

Make a mark where you would like the button to sit. Double thread a needle and knot the ends.

Push your needle through the fabric back to front and pull it tight. Insert the needle through the bottom of the shank and then put the needle back through the fabric near where you started.

Pull the thread tight. If you have a flat bottomed shank, the button will sit flat against the fabric. If your shank is rounded on the bottom, it'll flop around a bit.

Push the needle back through to the front of the fabric and then push it through the shank. Then push the needle back through the fabric close to the shank. Repeat this process about ten times.

When the button is fastened down well, push the needle through to the back of the fabric. Pull the thread tight and then tie a few knots to hold the stitches in place. Trim off the excess thread.

And there you go - now you know how to sew on a shank style button. :D

Sewing the Button to Your Case

Get out all the things you'll need for the type of button you're sewing on. :)

Place your case on a flat surface with the elastic loop on the bottom. Bend the loop over the top of the case without stretching it. Use your water soluble pen to mark right above the very bottom of the elastic loop.

Sew the button on and enjoy your awesome new gadget case. :D

Class Conclusion + Show Off Your Finished Gadget Case

We've come to the end of this class! I hope you enjoyed learning about hand sewing and making the coasters and gadget case. The next lesson is titled "What to Sew Next" and will give you a list of projects to sew by hand as well as additional sewing technique and project resources!

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I would love to hear any suggestions for classes you'd like to take, also! Please reach out to me if there's something in particular you'd like to learn - if there's enough interest in a certain subject that I'm excited about I'll try to turn it into a class.


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