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

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  1. Carolyn — November 15, 2016 @ 9:10 am

    I have so many projects that I could use this on including some new bags.

  2. Terry — November 15, 2016 @ 9:13 am

    Love your Button Boats…I was looking for a way to store my Wonder Clips and buttons so these would be perfect for both!!

  3. Sharon — November 15, 2016 @ 9:21 am

    Great tip about using tape to position the button…will use the next time I sew on a button…

  4. Jean Della Vecchia — November 15, 2016 @ 9:24 am

    These look great for keeping all the bits and bobs on my desk in one place.

  5. Sue — November 15, 2016 @ 9:25 am

    What a cute way to store all those little bits and bobs. So handy as you can see where they are instead of hunting for their lair.

  6. Michele Schiegner — November 15, 2016 @ 9:27 am

    I’m not sure exactly how I’ll use it, because I can think of so many ways. It is just so cute! I use a lot of containers all over my house and i decorate and/or cover them to blend with the room decor. I do a lot of sewing and crafting, so there are always things needing to be contained.

  7. Marian Allen — November 15, 2016 @ 9:29 am

    I never have enough containers around the house, and they will make such great gifts

  8. Debra — November 15, 2016 @ 9:29 am

    I would use them to store little things on my cutting table.

  9. Christi T. — November 15, 2016 @ 9:33 am

    I have to be careful or I’ll be putting buttons on EVERYTHING!!!

  10. Laurie Gathje — November 15, 2016 @ 9:35 am

    This is ingenious! One day I hope to be able to make some of your new patterns! 😀

  11. Angelia — November 15, 2016 @ 9:38 am

    I’d use them to store my Wonder Clips or for small fabric scraps.

  12. Toni Leli — November 15, 2016 @ 9:39 am

    Whenever I cut fabric for projects, especially if I’m not going to sew it right away, I like to keep all fabrics, interfacings, battings, thread, etc. together. These button boats would work perfectly for small projects!

  13. Vicki — November 15, 2016 @ 9:40 am

    The button boats are perfect for so many things – I’m sure they’ll be all over the house in no time!

  14. Dee Johnson — November 15, 2016 @ 9:45 am

    Love this tutorial on sewing on buttons – looks easy peasy!

  15. nancy in IN — November 15, 2016 @ 9:47 am

    I sew on buttons the same way.
    I would use the button boats for candy on our table.

  16. Charlotte — November 15, 2016 @ 9:54 am

    Would love to make for gifts. But my 1st basket would be for my sewing table doo-dads. Looks like fun! love Lazy Girl patterns!

  17. Kimberly Rairdan — November 15, 2016 @ 9:56 am

    There so many uses for these great little projects.
    1. A Get Well Baskette.
    Tea bags, Honey packs, tissues, Cough Drops…..personal touches to help a Loved one battle the colds of the season!

  18. Kimberly Rairdan — November 15, 2016 @ 9:57 am

    A fun project to share your Holiday Baked goods in!
    Cookies, Breads, Candies…With a great basket to reuse for the recepient!

  19. Robin Forshee — November 15, 2016 @ 9:58 am

    I would love to win the giveaway. I can see mine being used for so many things such as: holding crackers,nuts or mints for the holidays. Holding my hand sewing work. The possibilities are endless.

  20. Chris Green — November 15, 2016 @ 9:59 am

    Love the new patterns. I think I’ll use mine to hold my zipper pulls and purse hardware. Thanks for the give away.

  21. Kimberly Rairdan — November 15, 2016 @ 9:59 am

    A budding new sewer would relish the delights this project can hold.
    Pins, Needles, Threads, Measure tape, & Pin cushion. A handy basket to inspire the new as well as the old.

  22. C B Law — November 15, 2016 @ 10:00 am

    I would use the Button Boat to hold items next to my sewing machine for quick retrieval.

  23. Zina Clark — November 15, 2016 @ 10:02 am

    The Button Boat looks like a perfect vessel to store my collection of Wonder Clips. Thanks for the chance to win!

  24. MaryLou Wahl — November 15, 2016 @ 10:05 am

    Thinking they will make great gift baskets to put goodies in for my little ones or quilting friends-my ideas are running wild in my brain!!

  25. cheryl hammond — November 15, 2016 @ 10:05 am

    Awesome button tip! Thank you.

  26. Bernie — November 15, 2016 @ 10:07 am

    These boats look awesome! Thanks for the chance to win a kit.

  27. Rita — November 15, 2016 @ 10:09 am

    Looks like it’ll make a nice gift idea. Thanks

  28. Bernie — November 15, 2016 @ 10:11 am

    I would use my button boat for craft fairs to keep the small things on my table organized.

  29. Sarah Lewis — November 15, 2016 @ 10:12 am

    Thanks for your wonderful tutorial. I like your method of choosing fabric. I would use the boats to hold thread or other small tools.

  30. Sarah Lewis — November 15, 2016 @ 10:13 am

    I love your tutorial. Thanks for showing how you select your fabrics. I would use the boats to hold thread or small tools.

  31. Trudy Keller — November 15, 2016 @ 10:14 am

    These button boats are sooo cute. Thanks for the giveaway!

  32. Karen Payton — November 15, 2016 @ 10:20 am

    I love all your new craft patterns! I’m a bag maker and have several of your patterns. Thanks for being sew lazy, they made it easy for a beginner.

  33. Jacqueline Konder — November 15, 2016 @ 10:20 am

    Love all your patterns and Craftsy classes!

  34. MF — November 15, 2016 @ 10:28 am

    I can wait to make my own button boat 🙂

  35. Cindy — November 15, 2016 @ 10:32 am

    I will definitely use my button boat in my sewing room. You can never have too many storage options.

  36. Denise Shortway — November 15, 2016 @ 10:33 am

    I would use the “boats” to store clips, and many other things that are always in the way. Boats will keep them stored and easy to use.

  37. Louise Wagner — November 15, 2016 @ 10:36 am

    I would make a boat out of Christmas fabric and fill it with decoreactions like glass ornaments, or Christmas Candies. you can make one for all the holidays then put them away until next year. Love these. thanks for all the good ideas.

  38. Arletta Freeze — November 15, 2016 @ 10:40 am

    What a clever way to add buttons! I would use these in my sewing room to hold various items like spools of thread, my seam rippers, and, oh! They would be great for my Wonder Clips!!

  39. Judy gracYk — November 15, 2016 @ 10:44 am

    Love the designs. I would use them as Christmas gifts for my quilty friends

  40. sharon — November 15, 2016 @ 10:45 am

    I like this boat, for small things in the bedroom or sewing room

  41. Nancy Bailey — November 15, 2016 @ 10:56 am

    Could so use this to help organize my sewing room (which desperately needs it)!!!!

  42. Christine E. — November 15, 2016 @ 10:56 am

    I would love to have these in my sewing room! I would use them as super cute AND functional storage for my notions, and I’m sure there would be a gazillion things that they’d come in handy for that I’d discover as time went on!

  43. Debbie Christin — November 15, 2016 @ 10:58 am

    Oh my gosh I love these! I can use these in so many ways! my first thought is for my teenage granddaughter to sort her hair accessories. For me, I would use them next to my sewing machine to hold small items while working on my project. Also, I must have one next to my bed to hold my lip gloss, hand lotion readers, etc. Thanks for the opportunity! ??

  44. Naomi Stewart — November 15, 2016 @ 11:01 am

    I think it would be a great catchall on my ironing board for all my quilting supplies I keep on the ironing board (i.e., fabric folding pen, stiletto, fray check, point turner, etc.)

  45. Sandi — November 15, 2016 @ 11:04 am

    Love this project!

  46. carol hibbard — November 15, 2016 @ 11:04 am

    as a quilter and lover of gadgets I should make a dozen of these – so cute and functional

  47. Jill Neely — November 15, 2016 @ 11:08 am

    I just love this little boat and the variety of button possibilities! I would use it to hold me keys in the evening, that way I would never lose them.

  48. June — November 15, 2016 @ 11:12 am

    I would use my Button Boats to hold my quilt clips and basting pins while assembling a quilt sandwich. I do charity sewing for the local children’s shelter and being organized helps me to be efficient and productive. I’m also crazy about buttons! Thanks to Joan and the Just Another Button Company for sharing this design and for sponsoring this giveaway.

  49. Rosalyn — November 15, 2016 @ 11:18 am

    These are so cool! I’d use them to hold little things in my cubbies and look cute!

  50. SueR — November 15, 2016 @ 11:22 am

    I’ll use my button boat to hold office clutter–pencils, pens, paper clips, rubber bands, small stapler, pencil lead, staples, erasers, etc. It’ll be a colorful addition to the space!