Make do & mend: How to sew on a button

Make do & mend: How to sew on a button

There are a few simple little fixes that can give well worn clothes a brand new lease of life. One easy repair is to replace a missing a button. Our friend Julia from @upcyclefashion has created a step-by-step guide showing how to sew on a button so an older child, (or you!) can have a go at mending a damaged garment so it can be worn again, and again. 

...What you'll need:

- a spare button
- some sharp scissors 
- needle and thread
- a little helper if you have one!

How to sew on a button

...1. Get your replacement button ready.
 
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2. Choose your thread colour and thread your needle making a strong knot at the end.
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3. Position the button on the garment. Make sure its aligned to the rest of the buttons. Push the needle through the hole from back to front. 
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4.  Thread the needle all the way through and ensure the finishing knot is holding well. 
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5. Now, push the needle down on the hole diagonal to the first one you chose.
Make sure the thread goes all the way through and out the other side. 
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6. Thread the needle through the same hole you started with and pull it all the way through.
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7. Pass the needle on the same diagonal hole as before. Threading the same holes twice we ensure the button doesn't move around. 
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8. Once two diagonal holes are ready, thread the needle once more on the next empty button hole and thread it all the way through.
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9. Push the needle diagonally through the opposite hole and pull all the way through. Make sure to do a few more threads on each side to ensure the button is held on tightly. ...
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10. Once finished, make a small knot on the back side of the button and give it a little pull. 
If you can feel the button is tightly placed then it is ready. 

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Now your button is properly sewn on and you can wear your mended piece over and over again!
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Show us your shiny new buttons @littlegreenradicals!


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