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. Kathy Luehrs — November 16, 2016 @ 10:25 am

    I would use it when sewing and cutting out fabric to hold scraps and bits of thread to keep me more organized

  2. Margaret Morgan — November 16, 2016 @ 10:57 am

    I would love to make these with the fabric shown. I have seen the pattern and was thinking about looking for it. I want to organize some sewing supplies.

  3. Deb Worthman — November 16, 2016 @ 11:09 am

    Great design. Love the buttons.

  4. SharonMS — November 16, 2016 @ 11:15 am

    Love pretty storage in my sewing room. Wish I had thought of this…it looks so easy. Thanks for the opportunity to win something.

  5. Julie Drennan — November 16, 2016 @ 11:38 am

    OMG – I just see myself giving a set of these to my work. I’m now a reference librarian at a private boarding school . The kids seem unable to walk by my desk without depositing or twiddling with my desk stuff. A few of these would be so useful to contain clutter!

  6. Beth Ann — November 16, 2016 @ 11:45 am

    New to your blog, but you can count on my return!

    What’s darling boat – I would use it for my wonderclips.

  7. Linda Blundy — November 16, 2016 @ 11:48 am

    I would use it in my sewing room to put all those little things that hid under fabric when you are sewing.( small rulers, tape measure,seam ripper)

  8. Sally — November 16, 2016 @ 12:19 pm

    I need something to hold tools beside by sewing machines.

  9. Dorothy Price — November 16, 2016 @ 1:15 pm

    I would love to make one for a friend and one for myself for by my sewing machine for scissors pencil ripper etc. I love the design

  10. Marla — November 16, 2016 @ 1:59 pm

    I can see many fun uses! Maybe candy dishes for the Holidays?

  11. teri — November 16, 2016 @ 6:14 pm

    I would use the button boats to hold sewing notions.

  12. Connie Hoke — November 16, 2016 @ 6:33 pm

    I love these since I first saw them a month or two ago. I plan on making these as gifts for quilting friends. Also good for traveling bedside containers that can be stored flat.

  13. Donna — November 16, 2016 @ 7:38 pm

    Wonderful basket boats and I have buttons galore. Great to store so many sewing items. Thanks for giveaway.

  14. Judys — November 16, 2016 @ 9:54 pm

    I need to add some organization to my sewing table! Maybe keep all the tools in one, and the scraps into another and the threads into another and then there is the clips……

  15. Susan — November 16, 2016 @ 11:08 pm

    These will be handy to hold all the “stuff” that is on my sewing table!

  16. Heidi K — November 17, 2016 @ 2:17 am

    I want to use my button boats to hold notions in my sewing room.

  17. Deb Guy — November 17, 2016 @ 5:43 am

    Great looking storage for my cluttered sewing room!!

  18. ChrissJasper — November 17, 2016 @ 5:51 am

    I am a bit of a messy sewer, I get stuff everywhere, so I would need one of rain myself but I am sure I will make plenty for my friends so they can enjoy them too.

  19. Patrick Lose — November 17, 2016 @ 11:00 am

    Looks great as usual, Joan! Thanks for including my fabrics in the awesome things you do!

  20. Marie Anderson — November 17, 2016 @ 12:11 pm

    I would make them for Christmas gifts. They would be great for my grandsons teachers my daughter in law and friends

  21. Emily C — November 17, 2016 @ 7:42 pm

    I would use it for a thread caddy while I’m working on projects.

  22. Cheryl Baker — November 17, 2016 @ 7:49 pm

    I will use the Button Boat on my sewing table to catch the spools, bobbins, and little scissors that I use by my machine.

  23. Inger Grethe Storvik — November 17, 2016 @ 7:57 pm

    I would use it for my thread spools

  24. Anna brown — November 17, 2016 @ 8:12 pm

    Very very cool love the colors ty for sharing…

  25. Karen — November 17, 2016 @ 9:39 pm

    I would use it in the mudroom/laundry area to hold keys, outgoing mail, this and that.

  26. Elizabeth Sarver — November 17, 2016 @ 9:46 pm

    I would make them as gifts for my BFF.

  27. Kristine Clay — November 17, 2016 @ 11:10 pm

    So fun! I’d make it for my sister in law who sews a lot of kids clothes and always talks about how much she needs to organize her embellishments.

  28. Vicki H — November 17, 2016 @ 11:38 pm

    I would use it for storing some of my notions.

  29. Sandy K — November 17, 2016 @ 11:40 pm

    I would use mine to collect keys on the table by the front door.

  30. Tamara Karlin — November 17, 2016 @ 11:50 pm

    Love these button boats! Great way to use 10″ squares! I will make some for gifts, some for jewelry storage & several pretty ones in my favorite fabrics for storing sewing items in my sewing room.

  31. Connie German — November 18, 2016 @ 8:23 am

    This would work for my scraps and as gifts for the grandkids to organize things in their rooms

  32. Christine M — November 18, 2016 @ 1:17 pm

    These would be great for holding zipper ends. Very cute.

  33. Mara — November 18, 2016 @ 3:30 pm

    I love the buttons and the pattern, if I don’t win I will have to buy it! I love little fabric baskets and always need them to store stuff.

  34. Sabrina Hildebrand — November 18, 2016 @ 4:58 pm

    I would use a button boat to hold my sewing notions.

  35. Rebecca — November 18, 2016 @ 5:38 pm

    Im loving your boat. I think it would be s good collect all on the counter right now where everything gets tossed in a pile.

  36. Gwen H — November 18, 2016 @ 7:49 pm

    I would use them on purses!!!

  37. Rose Santuci-Sofranko — November 18, 2016 @ 7:55 pm

    Gosh, so cool! I might use it to corral our remote controls,…or some other stuff as needed. Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist (at)

  38. Donna Lee — November 19, 2016 @ 12:54 am

    I love your button boats. My sewing machine is upstairs but I often want to do handsewing downstairs. The button boats would be perfect for loading up the supplies and keeping them together while I stitch! Thank you!

  39. Lisa — November 19, 2016 @ 3:05 am

    These would be fabulous to store my sewing machine tools – easy to find and would blend in wonderfully with the decor.

  40. Joyce Dove — November 19, 2016 @ 8:50 am

    This is an adorable basket. I would use it to hold anything that is needed for the project I’m working on at the time.

  41. a.b. — November 19, 2016 @ 12:16 pm

    Use this too let see me friends and more.

  42. Lise Brown — November 19, 2016 @ 6:18 pm

    Wow, I didn’t know I could do this, thank you for the tutorial, And I would use it for my little gadgets for sewing…thank you again

  43. Nancy Hilderbrand — November 19, 2016 @ 7:09 pm

    I wou;d keep it by my sewing machine at all times.

  44. Chelle — November 19, 2016 @ 11:27 pm

    The way I would use the button boat is to enter it into the local fair competition and win lots of awards!

  45. Genee Davis — November 19, 2016 @ 11:30 pm

    This is such a cute design! I’d of course use for buttons!? lace, pins, clips etc. I love having small containers to keep things organized in my sewing room and family room by my chair! So excitef! ????

  46. JEnine — November 20, 2016 @ 5:43 am

    I’d use it to collect my dog’s ribbons and bows.

  47. Pam — November 20, 2016 @ 6:39 am

    It’s delightful! I’d use this next to my sewing machine to hold sewing notions. Thanks for the chance to win.

  48. Lori — November 20, 2016 @ 1:53 pm

    I will use them to put bath bombs in with a small towel and lotions for gifts

  49. Lorraine R — November 20, 2016 @ 6:52 pm

    I would like to use the button boat to hold bobbins, presser feet and other small sewing supplies new my sewing machine. Very anxious to get pattern and get started making button boats.

  50. Debby — November 20, 2016 @ 10:44 pm

    Love the new little. Button boat. Will be perfect to gift Christmas Treats