I love buttons, if I find myself at a garage sale, op shop or trash market, buttons are the one thing I always look for. My family have been known to leave me and come back!
Buttons can be made from almost anything and come in any shape or size.
There are two different types of buttons : sew through & shank.
Sew through buttons are flat with usually 2 or 4 holes to thread your thread through.
Shank have either a loop or a hollow section on the back of the button to sew the button on with. The front of the button is flat. If the button has a loop, it is normally designed to give a bit of space between the layers of fabric.
Want to have a go at making your own?
Add fabric to these kits (they come in all different sizes) in either metal loop shank or flat backed for craft.
Use these button moulds from the Mold Muse to create your own.
A couple of quick tips for sewing on buttons:
- Match your thread to the button and not your fabric
- When using sew through buttons with 2 holes, match the holes the same way as the buttonhole. For example if your buttonhole is vertical - holes should be vertical.
- Take note of how the shank should be lined up. Especially important if the button is a shape or have a printed pattern. If sewing more than one button, all shanks should be facing the same way.