Though it is possible to sew on a button with your sewing machine (Bonus!) this post focuses on good old-fashioned hand sewing. I do think, however, that “old-fashioned” is coming back in style. There’s a lot of hand sewing going on across the interwebs.

Mending your own clothes is super rewarding and cost-effective. It’s a great skill to have, and isn’t gender or age specific! With just a needle, thread and a new button, you’ll be finished in no time.

How to Sew on a Button by Hand

Tip: If you are traveling, a lot of hotels will provide a sewing kit at no extra cost – for those button up shirt emergencies!

A funny hand-mending story – My husband and I went on a special trip to Jamaica for our 10th wedding Anniversary a few years ago. We’d planned for ages, but of course didn’t start packing until the last minute. In the rush, I forgot to hem the new linen pants I’d bought the week before. Once we got there I realized I was going to have to hand hem them with the resort-provided sewing kit. Meaning black, blue, red, or white thread for my turquoise pants – Ha!

Not letting that stop me, I proceeded to hand-hem the wide leg only to run out of “matching” blue thread in the first 2/3’s of the way around. Not being deterred, (I was going to wear those pants!) I finished the hem using all the black, then red thread. Thankfully it was a blind hem and didn’t matter too much. Finally finished, I tried them on only to discover I’d spent 45 minutes hemming them 1 1/2″ too short! Argh! I wore them anyways and fixed them when I got home… goes to show you should always double-check the length of your hem, or (ya know) not rush so much!

Any other tips for travel mending emergencies?