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”

  1. pjscraps — November 15, 2016 @ 6:51 pm

    the desk tape idea is terrific

  2. Lynne Tilley — November 15, 2016 @ 6:57 pm

    I’m always needing little open containers like this in my sewing room, bathroom, bedroom, etc. I could use one in my sewing room for all those little notions I need right at my side. Awesome design!

  3. Linda — November 15, 2016 @ 6:59 pm

    I think I will use my button boats on my desk at home. I tend to have a lot of “little stuff” laying around and getting lost. And, I have to say that I have been sewing for 65 of my newly attained 70 years, and have had a sewing machine almost all of that time, and I have never sewn a button with a sewing machine. I used to sew all of my buttonholes by hand because I enjoyed it. I haven’t made any in a long time, so I don’t know if I feel the same way….lol. Thanks for the chance to win.

  4. DebrafromMD — November 15, 2016 @ 7:16 pm

    I am reorganizing my studio. I need lots of open containers to,hold various clips, threads and other small quilting tools.

  5. Peggy — November 15, 2016 @ 7:17 pm

    My sewing area is a disaster. Another something, as in a Button Boat, to store my tools would be awesome.

  6. Linda Stroup — November 15, 2016 @ 7:35 pm

    Love the pop of color on my cutting table…1 for wonder clips and another for olfa cutters would be great

  7. Jan N. — November 15, 2016 @ 7:48 pm

    I’d make Button Boats to use on a table by the garage door to place our keys when we come it. This will eliminate trying to locate the keys every time we leave the house. Another would be to have them in the bedroom as a catch all when men empty their pockets of change and to put their watch/ring in. I would also make one to put on my sewing table to hold candy.

  8. Debbie Rhodes — November 15, 2016 @ 7:55 pm

    I would use them as gifts…

  9. gwen ziegler — November 15, 2016 @ 8:09 pm

    I Think these button up boats would be great catch alls. I especially would like to use them for men’s gifts… with goodies.. candy. Also they would be perfect for a mom of a new baby to catch all she needs close by, I have a new nephew that has a ocean theme for his nursery.
    Thanks for the tutorial a great idea I should try.

  10. Mimi — November 15, 2016 @ 8:14 pm

    Love these boats! Perfect for organizing stuff for current project.

  11. Kathy E. — November 15, 2016 @ 8:32 pm

    I would keep at least one in sewing room to hold my sewing machine feet and small notions. Another one I’d keep by my front door to hold keys that always get misplaced!

  12. Linda Nelson — November 15, 2016 @ 9:03 pm

    I’d use them to sort elastic!

  13. Nancy Myets — November 15, 2016 @ 9:20 pm

    I would like to use to store guest necessities in the bathroom.

  14. Lori Smith — November 15, 2016 @ 9:30 pm

    I would use the button boats to organize my sewing room! Thanks.

  15. Linda — November 15, 2016 @ 9:32 pm

    It might be good as a roll holder for dinner

  16. pat duiven — November 15, 2016 @ 9:40 pm

    I would love to have one of these for my spools of thread for my current project!

  17. Judith — November 15, 2016 @ 9:45 pm

    I thinks these little boats would be perfect to hold notions at the sewing table. Mine are forever rolling off the table! They would also be very useful to hold your eyeglasses when you take them off for the night.

  18. Miranda — November 15, 2016 @ 10:30 pm

    I’d use Button Boats for gift baskets!

  19. Lori Morton — November 15, 2016 @ 10:39 pm

    These Boats are AWESOME!! Thank you for chance to win your give-a-way!! 😀

    I will make several! lol Some for sewing spot….for lil’ odds & ends, wonder clips, even scraps! :0 Would make a few man fabric ones too..for Husband’s desk..and nightstand! ::)

  20. Karen Simon Peterson — November 15, 2016 @ 10:43 pm

    I’ve sewn buttons on by machine for years. Great tip!

  21. OHSue — November 15, 2016 @ 11:10 pm

    I think I might be doing a few of these for Christmas gifts, thanks for the helpful tips.

  22. Cindy M — November 16, 2016 @ 12:02 am

    I love the tape idea for holding the button down! I would use Button Boats for holding all kinds of stuff in my sewing room….like zippers and trims…and clips…and BUTTONS!

  23. Mutti — November 16, 2016 @ 12:07 am

    I would use the darling button boats to organize sewing and craft supplies in my Studio!

  24. Chris — November 16, 2016 @ 12:38 am

    I would make this for a very dear friend. She would love it.

  25. Sandy — November 16, 2016 @ 12:42 am

    I think one or two of these would be great on my desk at work to corral odds and ends- staple remover, correction tape, erasers……….

  26. Sue Cleek — November 16, 2016 @ 12:58 am

    Love this! And I love both the pattern and of course, the Patrick Lose material!! Thanks for the heads up about the button snack packs!

  27. Colleen — November 16, 2016 @ 1:11 am

    I’ll put my button collection in it or use it to bring candy to my sewing group

  28. Charlynn — November 16, 2016 @ 1:20 am

    I would use it for my husbands keys, watch and change

  29. Melissa — November 16, 2016 @ 5:16 am

    A catch all for my sewing desk

  30. Pat JONES — November 16, 2016 @ 5:22 am

    Love your patterns. I get mine at Joanns. Keep them coming!

  31. Evelyn Ware — November 16, 2016 @ 6:01 am

    I would use it in my sewing room for my notions on the cutting table. So much prettier than the wicker basket I have been using. I’m sure I would make many more for other places in the house and for gifts. My Granddaughters would love them. They love to hang out in my sewing room!

  32. Sydney — November 16, 2016 @ 6:37 am

    Love this! I will make one for my office and one for my sewing room and one for my grandsons nursery!

  33. Alice — November 16, 2016 @ 6:50 am

    I would make these for baby shower gifts to hold diapers, baby wipes, Kleenex etc…

  34. Anne — November 16, 2016 @ 7:20 am

    I use these open containers to keep all the notions for each project together and quick to find so I can use little bits of time to work rather than search!

  35. Paula Crook — November 16, 2016 @ 7:44 am

    This button boat would be too handy in my sewing studio. I love Lazy Girl patterns. Fun, fun, fun!

  36. Monique Atkinson — November 16, 2016 @ 7:50 am

    Oh what a lovely prize to win. Thank you for the opportunity to win. I absolutely LOVE your patterns. They are so easy to follow visually.

  37. Patti Linder — November 16, 2016 @ 8:05 am

    Love this pattern and the fabrics and buttons! I would probably use this as a catch-all next to my sewing machine. I knew you could sew buttons on with the machine, but have never tried it – thanks for the video!

  38. Gabrielle Fountain — November 16, 2016 @ 8:08 am

    I will use the buttons to make Button Boats!!! I am so excited about the new patterns!!! 🙂

  39. Miss Sherry — November 16, 2016 @ 8:08 am

    There is always “stuff” that needs a home…. why not have a pretty home, right?

  40. Beth Sprister — November 16, 2016 @ 8:39 am

    I need a button boat to hold all my pony tail bands/barrettes that are scattered on my bathroom counter. They would also make great holiday gifts.

  41. Ellie Z — November 16, 2016 @ 8:40 am

    I think they would make great gifts for Christmas after I keep the first one for myself.

  42. Connie Gratias — November 16, 2016 @ 9:01 am

    Thanks for the give-away! I love the pattern & colors used…it’s ME!

  43. Claire G — November 16, 2016 @ 9:04 am

    These boats would be great for sorting/holding sewing supplies like pins, binding clips, etc.

  44. Connie Gratias — November 16, 2016 @ 9:04 am

    I’ll use my boat to keep my seam ripper & small scissors from hiding in fabric folds

  45. Jo Hamilton — November 16, 2016 @ 9:09 am

    So cute. Love the fabric colors. Would probably use on the table by my favorite chair. To hold my supplies for my tv sewing.

  46. Bonnie Betz — November 16, 2016 @ 9:12 am

    I need help in keeping my sewing room organized. This looks as if it could be part of my answer. Love Lazy Girl patterns.

  47. Mary Redick — November 16, 2016 @ 9:32 am

    I would love to make these cute bowls and fill them with goodies like cookies and candies, or maybe a collection of bath and beauty products, or items to use for a mani-pedi, and give them as gifts for people in the hospital, or a bay shower etc. they’re so cute!

  48. Gina S. — November 16, 2016 @ 9:50 am

    They would be great to keep every rounded up so i could just take it from cutting table-ironing board-sewing machine.

  49. Cindy M — November 16, 2016 @ 9:58 am

    Wow! What a step up this would be from Grandma’s old Button Can!!

  50. Lynne Brown — November 16, 2016 @ 10:04 am

    Saw your new products at Quilt Trends and love be them all! The gift card holders are perfect for giving gift cards! The button boats have many uses, especially for holding things in my sewing room! They look,like they would be a nice gift to give a friend also!