How To Sew A Button With One Hole

The single-hole button is known as the shank button, and it is not that difficult to sew it. We know that we all lose buttons more often than we even realize, so this sewing is a handy skill to learn. There is no waste and harm to learn the sewing steps to sew a button with one hole. 

Yeah! This time, we came up with the one-hole button. Shank buttons are so common and can be found on any fabric type. Unlike other buttons, they have one hile and are also known as self-shanks, mushroom buttons, wobblies, coat buttons, neck buttons, and more.

No matter what you call them, they have one hole as a common thing, and this is where people stuck while sewing it. They usually loop the thread around and over the shank, resulting in loose sewing of the button. Whether you are sewing this button with one hole on a blazer or other fabric, you need some tips while following the steps to sew it perfectly. Keep reading this article to learn how to sew a button with one hole.

How To Sew A Button With One Hole

The one-hole buttons arrive in varieties of styles and designs. Once you are all set to sew your button to the fabric, it is what you need to do. First, you need to gather some items used in sewing that include a button with one hole, thread, needle, scissors, needle threader (optional), and a ruler (optional).

Beginning with it, as a first step, you need to double the thread you are using to sew, knot the end, and thread it in your needle. Secondly, you need to position the button in line with the buttonhole. Yeah! It is an important step. Now, you need to push the needle and thread through the side of the fabric and do it until it stops at the knot.

Now, pass on the thread and needle through the hole and back beneath the fabric. After doing so, you need to make a second stitch and then wrap your thread around the needle to make the knot. And, here you are all done. Finally, just trim the excess thread left there.

Let’s get into a detailed discussion on how to sew a button with one hole step by step.

Step 1 – Gather All The Necessary Things

At first, you need to gather all the necessary things you need for this sewing. It includes a needle, scissors, 8-inches of doubled over the thread, shank button, pen, or pencil to mark the sewing spot. Now, you need to insert the thread in the needle and knot it at the end of it so it won’t slip out of the needle.

Doubling the thread will help in sewing the button securely, and you need to cut the thread tail, leaving 10-15 inches to work with. Make sure you knot the end of the thread about 2 to 3 times for more secure work.

Step 2 – Measure The Location To Sew

You can mark that spot by measuring the location of where you want to sew but keep in mind about the buttonholes needed to be aligned. You need to hold the button in place with the non-sewing hand. 

Now, you need to bring the needle and thread up through the fabric you’re using on the spot you desire to sew the button. Pass the needle and thread through that single hole of the button. Then, bring both the needle and the thread down through the fabric in the same spot.

While pushing the thread up and through the fabric, you need to hold the button intact in its place. Otherwise, it will all be messed up! Also, make sure that you are not pushing the needle into a similar hole you made while coming up. By doing so, you will make no loop, and the button will not be sewn.

Step 3 – Repeat The Process 

Now, you need to repeat the process to push the thread and the needle up through the fabric, across the loop about five times, or until it seems secure. Pull the thread tight will pull it back to ensure that the shank sits against the fabric firmly. Continue with it and bring the needle with the thread to the backside of your fabric on the last pass.

Step 4 – Finish With a Knot At The Back of the Fabric

To finish with your sewing a button with one hole, you need to push the needle with the thread on the back of the fabric. You can do it across the thread pieces you have attached to your fabric. You can also catch that little of the fabric to keep the shank stable.

Once you are done with this process about 2 to 3 times, you can remove the needle and tie the thread. Knot the thread about 3-4 times to keep it steady, anchoring the knots with slightly small stitches. Now, you need to cut off the excess thread, and yeah! Your button with one hole is sewn on the fabric.

Step 5 – Secure The Button Tightly So It Won’t Lose

This is the finishing step of sewing a button with one hole. Most of us know how to sew the buttons with one hole, but we are not aware of securing them firmly over the fabric. The buttons with one hole are known as shank buttons, and they have a back part raised that is to be sewn over the fabric. The sizes and depth of the hole are different, and you need to know which one to use.

To secure the buttons with one hole on the fabric, you need to pull several stitches from the hole. It would be best if you could shank around seven times and secure it with the stitches by wrapping the thread around the stitches, holding the button upright. Then, you can create the thread loop on one of the sides and bring your needle via those loops.

You can pull the thread tightly and securely for an intact finish. You can also make three blanket stitches around the thread holding the button. It will keep your button secure and strong, and in the end, you can knot the thread and cut off the excess thread. Also, prefer using the thicker thread to secure the button; otherwise, it will slip down the fabric. And with securing the button with one hole, you are done with sewing the button with one hole!

Tips To Consider While Sewing A Button With One Hole

1. It would be best if you always make sure to pull the entire thread length through the layers of the fabric before starting any new stitch to prevent any knotted mess. You can use a scrap of fabric and pass the thread through it with the help of a needle. If the thread entangles in between, then make it smooth or use another one.

2. Always use the color of the thread that is closely matched with the color of your fabric or garment you are using so that the button stands out. You can also go with any color thread, but that is all with the shank button as the thread will not be visible to the customer.

3. You should always use the carpet or quilting thread for the button rather than the all-purpose thread for extra strength. Yeah! The carpet and quilting thread will add some more strength to the thread to keep the button intact and secured to the fabric.

4. Now, if you have lost the original buttons of your garment, you may be able to get the original button from a normally unseen area of that garment. Some garments are purchased with some extra buttons sewn on its inner side and only for that purpose. If you are purchasing the garment that comes with some more buttons packaged with the tag, sew those extra buttons in the visible areas.



I'm Jessica Flores, a professional fashion designer and an expert seamstress. Crafting has always been a deep-seated passion of mine, one that has flourished and evolved over the years. I've dedicated considerable time to both studying and practicing in the realm of fashion and sewing, amassing a wealth of experience and skills. It brings me great joy to share these insights and experiences with you all, hoping to inspire and foster a similar passion for the art of sewing.

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