Don't throw away your clothes: learn how to fix a button!
26th AUG '22
Words by Sara Campidelli
How many times did it happen that your favorite shirt and pants suddenly miss a button? This might be one of the most common issues that come with wearing our favorite clothes.
This clearly uncomfortable situation can lead us away from wearing our shirts and pants and leave us in front of our closet hoping the buttons will fix themselves out of magic. Or even worse, we throw them out!
If you think that going to a tailor is not what you are looking for, you can learn to fix buttons by yourself! IFIXIT helped us build the perfect guide on how to fix a button on shirts and pants.
Easy guide on how to fix a button on a shirt
Missing buttons on shirts are no news. It happens all the time!
When you see a button starting to get loose, it is always better to remove it and secure it somewhere. If you lose it, you are probably going to have to replace it with a different one.
Of course, sometimes mismatched buttons are cool, but it surely does not suit all shirt types. No worries though: normally, shirts are sold with a spare button stitched to the care label, or attached to the hangtag in a mini envelope.
When you are ready to learn how to fix your button, make sure you have the following repair tools:
- A spare button;
- Thread matching with fabric or with the other buttons’ thread;
- Fabric chalk or pencil.
Let’s go through the steps of this easy guide to fix your button.
1. Prepare needle and thread:
2. Find the button position:
3. Fix the button:
4. Securing the button:
Picture by Eugenia Shustikova
Depending on the style of your pants, you will need to approach the repair in a different way.
If your pants have a regular button you can follow the same procedure described above for shirts. If the button has two holes instead of four you can keep sending the needle through the same holes and keep following the pattern.
Even when your pants have a shank button, like in jeans,we can repair them ourselves! In this case not all jeans are sold with a spare shank button, so you might have to buy a new one in case the original goes missing. The repair procedure and tools are very different from a standard fix a button.
For the repair you will need:
- A complete shank + tack
- A hammer (yes you read it right)
1. Prepare your pants:
2. Fix your shank button:
3. Securing the shank button:
Take always this guide with you: it is worth trying to repair our clothes, rather than throwing them away. Sometimes repairing is easier than we think and it can help extend the lifetime of our shirts and pants. There are no more secrets for you on how to fix a button: go ahead, try it yourself and share the knowledge with your friends!