The Easy Way to Sew a Button On and Giveaway

Lazies, Sew, with the arrival of our four new Stiff Stuff Crafts patterns, let me share my Lazy buttony ways for attaching buttons by machine. I can already tell you that this is not in the category of ‘best practices’. This is what works for me. Read on, watch the video tutorial, then enter the giveaway for some Button Boats goodness of your own.

In case you missed it, this is my new Button Boats design, LGD138. She is dressed in yummy Patrick Lose Fabrics from his Land & Sea Building Blocks, or 10″ squares.

Button Boats LGD138

Gorgeous ‘Land & Sea’ Building Blocks by Patrick Lose Fabrics

Audition the Players
Here’s how I audition fabrics and buttons for the Button Boats. Fold one square into thirds and center it on top of the other square. This helps me visualize the fabric proportions. I also put the buttons in there to see how they look as well.

Fold one fabric in thirds, stack, drool.

New Buttons!
Here is the new line of Button Up! Snack Packs from Just Another Button Company JABC. They have 20 amazing colors (with more on the way!) in packs eight buttons in two styles, in two sizes (four 5/8″ and four 3/4″). Look for them at your local quilt shop.


Look at these amazing colors!

The Button Up! line also includes all of the yummy colors in Smoothie packs (JABC25+color) of 25 rounds in matte finish, and Party Packs (JABC55+color) of 55+ assorted sizes, shapes and finishes.

Button Testing
Jumping ahead, here I have my supplies cut and stitched to make our Button Boat. If you have lots of button options, lay them all out and see who looks best. You’ll need four buttons per boat.

My first choice is second from the top end, Blue Skies JABC812. Notice there are two pretty sides to each button. They can be attached with the shiny or matte side showing.

You can’t go wrong with any of these!

Big Fat Cheat
I use a little bit of desk tape, such as Scotch brand, to hold my buttons in place for stitching. It lets me see exactly where to place a button.

Desk tape is a handy tool in the studio.

Attaching the Button
I sew buttons on by machine when possible. I put together a little video to show you how.

Lower your feed dogs. Use a zigzag stitch set to the width you need, but set the length at zero. You want the needle to go side to side, but you do not want the project or the button to move.

Time Saver and a Tape Tip
Locate and tape all of the buttons in place. Then get stitching. I don’t snip the thread between buttons. I simply stitch one button, move to the next button and so on until I’m done. Then I go back and snip all the threads at once.

After stitching, carefully remove the tape starting from both ends and pull toward the middle. The stitching will puncture the tape, making it likely to rip. Slowly pull the tape toward the center to remove.

Three winners will receive one Button Boats kit containing:
– Button Boats pattern Lazy Girl Designs
– Two 10″ fabric squares from Land & Sea from Patrick Lose Fabrics
– One Button Up! Snack Pack of buttons from JABC
– Stiff Stuff 10″ square Lazy Girl Interfacing
– 1 yd Fusi-Bond Lite Lazy Girl Interfacing
– Coordinating baker’s twine for ties


Enter To Win
– Enter by using Rafflecopter below.
– Three winners will be chosen.
– Giveaway ends Tuesday November 22, 2016.
– I’ll contact the winners via email.

Thanks for joining in on the fun!
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Thank you to Just Another Button Company for sponsoring this giveaway.

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243 Responses to “The Easy Way to Sew a Button On and Giveaway”

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  1. Linda Rowland — November 20, 2016 @ 11:04 pm

    I think the Button Boat would be great for a gift basket. Fill it with kitchen tools, sewing notions or toiletries, wrap it up and give as a gift basket.

  2. Mary Moran — November 20, 2016 @ 11:44 pm

    Looking forward to using it as I am cutting and trimming for putting scraps of material and thread into as I quilt.

  3. Linda W — November 21, 2016 @ 12:16 am

    I would enjoy using to catch my fabric pieces to reuse for another project.

  4. Linda W — November 21, 2016 @ 12:21 am

    I would use the Button Boats to catch my fabric pieces to reuse for another project.

  5. Karen Propes — November 21, 2016 @ 4:07 am

    I would use on my sewing table for all the tools I’m using when sewing. I think they would also be great gifts filled with something special. Thanks for sharing with us.

  6. Anja @ Anja Quilts — November 21, 2016 @ 11:20 am

    I’d use it to hold my rotary cutters on my cutting table. Thanks for sharing the video.

  7. Paula — November 21, 2016 @ 12:18 pm

    Oh the places these will go! Sorting and storing thread; holding makeup; organizing the dreaded “junk drawer”; even a candy dish! Fun project!!

  8. Carla Brown — November 21, 2016 @ 2:52 pm

    I would use it on my sewing table to put scraps and thread when sewing

  9. Tracy — November 21, 2016 @ 2:58 pm

    There are so many uses that come to mind. I’d like to put one right by my sewing machine to keep my most favourite Bernina feet handy.

  10. Elaine Spiers — November 21, 2016 @ 3:06 pm

    I will use my button boat for keeping sewing supplies organized

  11. Sherri Harrison — November 21, 2016 @ 3:09 pm

    I would use mine in my sewing room for scissors and rotary cutter or maybe to put fresh homemade biscuits in at the dinner table!

  12. Barb L — November 21, 2016 @ 3:18 pm

    I would love to make a button boat–need to win to do so! I would use it on my quilt table to hold my hexi’s and Lucy Boston in progress!

  13. Rachel Trindle — November 21, 2016 @ 4:00 pm

    Love these — I can see myself using them to gift some baked goods.

  14. Carla Hundley — November 21, 2016 @ 4:20 pm

    These are adorable
    and I would use mine
    in my craft shed to
    hold little embellishments!
    Carla from Utah

  15. Nancy Casso — November 21, 2016 @ 5:39 pm

    I can’t wait to use the button boats on my desk for my office supplies- paper clips, tape, binder clips, tacks and all the other do dads in my drawer I open 100 times a day.
    On the kitchen counter for napkins, sugar packets etc. and next to my bed for my earplugs, charger cord, and candies and mints for nighttime.
    So. Excited!!!!

  16. irene — November 21, 2016 @ 5:58 pm

    I would love to give these to my sewing friends for xmas gifts!

  17. Becky Lomasney — November 21, 2016 @ 6:00 pm

    I would make several so I could sort my small scraps of fabrics by color??

  18. Robin Kern — November 21, 2016 @ 6:10 pm

    I’ll be giving lots of Button Boats as gifts – easy to make a custom gift for family and friends – Ohio State fabric for my niece (Go Buckeyes!), golf fabrics for my hubby’s tees, dinosaur fabrics for my grandson. ..and anything batik for me!!

  19. Jessica Baker — November 21, 2016 @ 6:12 pm

    I would use my button boats for my leftover bits. Right now I throw all those bits into a bag.

  20. Doreen — November 21, 2016 @ 6:21 pm

    I would use this cute little button boat for keeping my little red clips in for when I do binding. Perfect!!

  21. Bonnie Nyquist — November 21, 2016 @ 6:22 pm

    I would first like to organize my thread spools in one, other baskets for food gifts for Christmas like cookies.

  22. Robin Kern — November 21, 2016 @ 6:24 pm

    Fun and easy custom gifts for family and friends! Golf theme for my hubby’s tees, OSU fabrics for my niece,dinosaur fabrics for my grandson. ..anything batik for me. Put Slicker iron on vinyl on the inside and use for snack bowls or cosmetics. Lots of possibilities!

  23. Diane — November 21, 2016 @ 6:51 pm

    Love your patterns. I want to use the boat bowls to help organize my craft room

  24. Twila — November 21, 2016 @ 7:52 pm

    I have numerous scissors, small notions that I use often and would love a nice basket to keep them in!

  25. Patricia Hersl — November 21, 2016 @ 8:38 pm

    My little 3-yr old grandgirl asked to make a sailboat yesterday. Don’t you think this would make her happy!

  26. Linda F. — November 21, 2016 @ 9:26 pm

    I’d use these to store wonder clips.

  27. Sandy — November 21, 2016 @ 9:41 pm

    I would use button boats to organize my sewing notions

  28. Peege Brenton — November 21, 2016 @ 9:56 pm

    Help organize my zips, buttons, etc. and for gifts for special people in my life.

  29. April S. — November 21, 2016 @ 10:53 pm

    Love these cute “boats” love that they can be stored flat!

  30. April S. — November 21, 2016 @ 10:55 pm

    Love these boats!

  31. Angela Whiston — November 22, 2016 @ 2:04 am

    I would have them placed everywhere in my home… they would be great for throwing keys and things into!!

  32. Beth Bigler — November 22, 2016 @ 7:49 am

    These would be nice gifts basket. Cute as a baby gift, filled with baby essentials. Nice as a new home gift or holiday gift, brimming with special treats and goodies.

  33. Carol Russell — November 22, 2016 @ 9:31 am

    Love Lazy Girl Stiff Stuff. Make many purses using this and recommend to all my friends who in turn use it. Also use many buttons in various colors.

  34. Bekki — November 22, 2016 @ 10:52 am

    These would be great to hold little soft sculpture projects as I work on them. They’re a nifty design. Thank you for your tip for sewing buttons on. It’s so much trouble to get them to stay where you want them sometimes. 🙂

  35. lynn zukowski — November 22, 2016 @ 1:03 pm

    these button boats can have so many uses in my sewing room, and on my vanity, and in the kitchen- possibilities are endless

  36. Liz Emtage — November 22, 2016 @ 1:21 pm

    I would use the boats to store my cut pieces for my next project so they will be easily found! I would a
    So use one for my nightly handsewing and embroidery.

  37. Andrea — November 22, 2016 @ 2:58 pm

    In my case they’d be presents.

  38. Katy M — November 22, 2016 @ 5:05 pm

    I’d use it to organise all the things I need for a project ?

  39. Anne Synott — November 22, 2016 @ 6:26 pm

    Please enter me!

  40. Lenny — November 26, 2016 @ 6:29 pm

    This is the same directions as the directions in my old Singer Touch and Sew.

  41. Kathleen — November 30, 2016 @ 10:21 pm

    Making button boats for my co-workers Christmas gifts. They are so fun to make!

  42. cindy — April 26, 2017 @ 9:03 am

    I watched this for the first time and would like to know what sewing machine was used for this video. I would like to use this option for buttons. Thanks

  43. Pamela Daub — November 26, 2017 @ 12:38 am

    Would love to have a tutorial on Lazy girl Design LGD129 purse insert.