How to Sew a Four-hole Button by Hand

How to Sew a Four-hole Button by Hand

Here at Happiest Camper we love to inspire you as well as giving you some practical ways to keep your life simple and “together.” That’s why we are bringing you 3 different tutorials on re-sewing buttons onto your clothes. These tutorials are practical and helpful to get all those buttons back in their place! Previously we showed you how to sew a 2-hole button, this tutorial will help you with step by step instructions for How To Sew a Four-hold Button By Hand.

How To Sew A 4-Hole Button By Hand

I usually don’t know a button has come off my clothes or my kids clothes until I hear one skip across my floors. I feel like have a growing little box of buttons in the laundry room. This easy hand sewing tutorial makes it quick and easy to sew your buttons back on in no time. You’ll be surprised at how handy this little tutorial will be in your future. I have used this one many times and I hope it is as useful to you as it has been to be. Check out the materials you need for this below.

What You’ll Need:

Materials for 4 hole button sewing

How to Sew a Four-hole Button By Hand

Place  4-hole Button for Sewing

First, thread your needle (taught in How to Sew a Two-Hole Button by Hand Tutorial) and tie off the ends of the thread. Place your button where you want it to go. If you are sewing a button back on where it fell off, just put it back where if came off.

Sewing step 1

Now, coming from underneath the fabric and the button, poke your needle up through one of the holes. Pull the thread through the fabric until it is tight.

sewing button step 2

Next, diagonally across from the first hole you put the thread through, poke your needle down into this hole.

Pull the thread tight through the backside of the fabric

Pull the thread tight through the backside of the fabric.

sewing step 4

Again, coming from underneath the fabric, poke your needle up through a hole that you have NOT poked through before and pull your thread tight.

Step 5 sewing button

Next, diagonally across from this hole, poke your needle down through this hole. and pull the thread tight through the back. Now you’re getting somewhere.

You are creating an “x” shape through the holes for button

Essentially, you are creating an “x” shape through the holes.

Step 7 sewing button

Go back to the first hole you sewed through.

Continue steps 3-5 about 7 times to finish 4-hole button

Now, continue steps 3-5 about 7 times. This will ensure your button is tight. Four-hole buttons are great for heavyweight fabrics like coats, and you can see why. You can make a much sturdier connect with the four-hole over the 2-hole. You are almost finished with the How to Sew a four-hole button tutorial!

almost done sewing 4-hole button

Now, flip your work over to the backside. Your needle should be on this side of the fabric already from your last stitch. Carefully poke your needle through one of the sewn loops. Pull your thread, but not all the way tight. You will create a loop here.

step 8 sewing button

Next, insert your needle through the loop you created.

step 9 sewing button

Pull your thread tight to tie a knot.

strengthen knot for 4-hole button

Repeat steps 7-9 to reinforce your knot. You don’t want it coming off.

Carefully snip your thread close to the knot for 4-hole button

Finally, snip your thread close to the knot. You can also snip the beginning thread ends if you wish. Be careful though, you don’t want to accidentally cut through your stitch.

hand-sewn 4-hole button

Your button is attached! You’re done! Now that you know how to sew a four-hole button, you’re ready to tackle almost any button project. Fix your favorite sweater or blouse or scarf or whatever! My hope is that is you’ve been inspired to This is a good one to get the older kids in on too. They’ll be glad later in life that you gave them the skills to sew a button back on.

How To Sew A 4-Hole Button By Hand

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How to Sew a four-hole Button by Hand

How To Sew A 4-Hole Button By Hand Create Card

Do you have a collection of buttons that have come off shirts or other clothing that you've been meaning to put back on? This tutorial will have you fixing all the buttons in no time!

Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost Varied

Materials

Instructions

    1. Thread your needle
    2. Place your button where you want it to go.
    3. Coming from underneath the fabric and the button, poke your needle up through one of the holes.
    4. Pull the thread through the fabric until it is tight.
    5. Diagonally across from the first hole you put the thread through, poke your needle down into this hole.
    6. Pull the thread tight through the backside of the fabric.
    7. Coming from underneath the fabric, poke your needle up through a hole that you have NOT poked through before.
    8. Pull your thread tight.
    9. Diagonally across from this hole, poke your needle down through this hole.
    10. Pull the thread tight through the back. Essentially, creating an “x” shape
    11. Go back to the first hole you sewed through and continue steps 3-5 about 7 times. This will ensure your button is tight.
    12. Flip your work over to the backside.
    13. Carefully poke your needle through one of the sewn loops.
    14. Pull your thread, but not all the way tight. You will create a loop here.
    15. Insert your needle through the loop you created.
    16. Pull your thread tight to tie a knot. Repeat steps 7-9 to reinforce your knot.
    17. Carefully snip your thread close to the knot.

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