Guest Blogging Chez Bunny

Hey, everyone! I did a guest post for the Next Level Sewing Series on Bunny’s blog, La Sewista.

I keep thinking that I should do the occasional tutorial on my blog, but tutorials are so much work to put together, then when I post them to my blog, they just get buried and no one ever looks at them after the first week. There’s not much motivation to put the work in.

Then, a couple of months ago, Bunny started doing a tutorial series on Next Level Sewing. I contacted her right away asking her if she might need a guest blogger. I’m thinking that, since she’s got a bunch of tutorials in one place, a post on her blogh will be less ephemeral than a post on my blog.

I chose the topic, which is, “How to Sew On a Button.” I know, it sounds earth shattering, but I am routinely horrified about how a lot of even pretty experienced sewists sew on their buttons. Clearly, this does not bother anyone else since no one else ever brings it up, but I think maybe people will be interested to know that there is a right way. Maybe.

So anyway, head over to Bunny’s blog and check out my post!



  1. BBgrilla
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 3:27 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I’m really enjoying that series and found your tutorial very helpful and timely since my boyfriend has a few shirts with missing buttons. Now I’m (kind of) looking forward to that repair. Thanks so much for taking the time to do the tutorial. I’m a big fan of your work. (Quick unrelated question–how have you found your spoonflower fabric prints to hold up over time? Fading, etc)

    • Posted December 8, 2014 at 4:21 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks! re the Spoonflower prints, unfortunately, they fade. I still really like everything I have made from those prints, and wear these garments a lot. Not surprisingly, the ones I wear and wash more often are more faded. I think this is a known issue with digitally printed fabrics. They don’t hold up as well as screen prints.

  2. Posted December 8, 2014 at 4:01 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Who knew about sinking a shank button? Love all these little tidbits of info! Thanks, Claudine.

  3. Posted December 9, 2014 at 4:23 am | Permalink | Reply

    I admire your tutorial. I had never thought of using a waste knot for sewing on buttons, but it looks so sleek and tidy in your sample. You have converted me. However, I was taught as a child to cross the threads on a 4 hole button – doesn’t it make it more secure? I am now ashamed of all my shirts ;).

    • Posted December 9, 2014 at 8:54 am | Permalink | Reply

      Please don’t be. This is what I get for letting my cranky, judgmental side off the leash. I’m sorry. You’re fabulous and I love your work. Please keep your shirts the way they are.

      The prejudice against crossing the threads comes from my time at the Fashion Institute of Technology, which is a big American design school. Buttons with crossed threads are a big no-no there.

  4. cucperson
    Posted December 12, 2014 at 6:57 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I didn’t know I didn’t low how to sew on a button properly. Now I know both. Thanks for this.

  5. Posted December 18, 2014 at 11:34 am | Permalink | Reply

    Claudine did a wonderful job with her tutorial and I know everyone learned something new, including myself! Thanks again, Claudine, for all your hard work and generosity.

  6. Posted January 24, 2015 at 7:25 am | Permalink | Reply

    Claudine did an amazing job with her post on button sewing. I, and I am sure many others, learned a lot. I won’t ever forget to sink a shank! Thanks again, Claudine for your excellent work.

  7. jglzrz
    Posted July 8, 2016 at 1:01 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I have just recently come across your blog. You do make some wonderful things & I thank you for sharing them. I am really interested in this tutorial but unfortunately it no longer appears in the original guest-post. Would you be prepared to re-post it here, by any chance? I have sewn on many buttons in my time, but would love to know how all my future ones may be better. As writing this, I wonder if you happen to have an off-the-cuff thread recommendation for sewing metal buttons on leather? Many thanks!

    • Posted July 8, 2016 at 2:49 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I just clicked on the link above, and it took me right to my post on Bunny’s blog. Try it again.

      re sewing metal buttons on leather, use a strong thread (like carpet thread) and a backer button.

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