The first skill I am tackling, in my sewing journey, is how to sew on a button. I lose buttons all the time from my jackets, sweaters, and pants. My go to fix is to use a safety pin as a button replacement. I attach the safety pin to the item and thread the pin through the button hole. I once had a favourite pair of pajamas that had more safety pin “buttons” than regular buttons when I finally through them away.
Since I didn’t have any sewing tools, I went to Walmart for supplies. I was able to find needles, threaders, seam ripper, pins, scissors, thread, and buttons at a reasonable price. I also bought some felt from Michaels. Did you know that if you are a teacher you get 15% off at Michaels everyday?! – you just have to show your teacher id.
Once I had my supplies, I looked to the Internet for guidance. I stumbled across Dixi’s blog Treasurie. Her blog post on how to sew a button was for beginners – which is exactly what I needed. She had pictures and text which were very helpful. However, what worked best for me was her YouTube video that accompanied the post. I had to go back and watch some steps more than once.
At the time I accessed her video, she had over 439K views on this video and the comments indicated that I am not the only millennial out there lacking basic sewing skills.
I chose two different type of buttons to try – a four hole button and a two hole button. Both button styles have very similar techniques. The front of the buttons look pretty good, but the back of the buttons are a but messy compared to what she showed in the video.
Overall, I am happy with my first attempts but I need a few more practices before I can fully retire my safety pin method.
My next skill will be to learn some basic stitches.