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How do I sew a button onto my shirt?


Buttons can occasionally come off due to constant use. Some of our products come with an extra button that you can use if a loose button gets lost.

Tools and Other Items Needed

Scissors, needle, good thread (i.e. Amann 80)


VAUDE Repair Team





Time Needed

15 minutes


Step One

Cut approx. 80 cm of thread from the spool.


Step Two

Double the thread.


Step Three

Take the looped end of the thread and thread it through the eye of the needle.


Step Four

Pull the loop through about 20 cm.


Step Five

If there is still any thread on the old button, remove it using your scissors or another sharp object.


Step Six

Anchor the thread: starting from the backside of the fabric, poke the needle through the previous needle hole from the original button. Then push the needle back through the fabric, right next to where it came out. Slide the needle through the looped end of the thread and pull taught.


Step Seven

Sew on the button: push the needle back through to the outside of the garment, again right next to the original stitch. Slide the button onto the thread and continue to sew the button on in a cross-stitch pattern entering the fabric just next to the point where the needle came out. Repeat two times.


Step Eight

Bring the needle back to the outside of the fabric and wrap the thread around the button several times to create a “button stem” that will create some distance between the button and the fabric.


Step Nine

Tie off the thread: push the needle through the button stem two times, sew through the fabric to the back and then cut the thread off at the back.

Finished! You did it.