If you wear your casual and dress shirts like we wear our shirts, chances are you’ve run into some button trouble over the years. Loose threading, heat damage, simple snags… Whatever the culprit, we’ve got a quick and easy guide to help you replace buttons and repair buttonholes from the comfort of your own home. Don’t let your favorite shirts languish at the back of your closet—let’s bring ’em back to life.

All the tools and materials needed to sew on a button

How to Sew On A Button

What you'll need

  • A button (we include extra buttons with our shirts—check under the placket)
  • A sewing needle
  • Thread (try to match the original color if possible)
  • Scissors

How to Fix A Frayed Buttonhole 

If you find your buttons don’t stay closed like they used to due to fraying or stretching, don’t fret; here are a few simple steps to repair a worn-out buttonhole and get your daily driver denim back on the road.

What you'll need

    • A needle and thread
    • A razor blade or sharp knife

    Step 1

    Use a razor blade or knife to cut away any frayed material or loose threads. 

    Step 2

    Cut yourself about twelve inches of thread, pass it through the needle, and double knot it at the end.

    Step 3

    Working at the edge of the buttonhole, pass the needle through your fabric, then back up through your loop of thread. Pull tight to create a knot (adjust as needed to ensure your knot is facing towards the opening of your buttonhole).

    Step 4

    Repeat this process, working your way all the way around your buttonhole. 

    Step 5

    Tie off your thread on the inside face of the fabric and trim any excess thread. is process, working your way all the way around your buttonhole. 

    If fraying is your only issue, congratulations; you’re done! If your buttonhole is stretched, skip step five and move onto the following steps.

    How to Fix A Stretched Buttonhole

    What you'll need

      • A needle and thread
      • Tailor's chalk (optional)
      • A razor blade or sharp knife

      Step 1

      Measure your button and mark its diameter on your buttonhole to ensure it will fit after mending. 

      Step 2

      Using a figure eight stitch or simple ladder stitch, choose a side of your buttonhole (viewing it horizontally) and work inward, making the hole smaller until it reaches your markings from Step 1. 

      Step 3

      Tie off your thread on the inside face of the fabric and trim any excess thread. 

      Nice work, you’re done!

      Shop Shirts

      fit model wearing The Après Short in Organic Aged Stone Foundation Twill
      May 16, 2024

      The Definitive Guide To Shorts

      Whether you’re already an advocate for shorts or still view them with some sartorial suspicion, this in-depth guide will help you find a new appreciation for this timeless and practical garment and make the most of your shorts for many summers to come.

      Read more
      As Jimmy Sees It
      May 13, 2024

      As Jimmy Sees It

      Through a range of mediums, California-based artist Jimmy Thompson presents the world in a light that, at least to us, makes even familiar places seem sublime. In short, his art turns the mundane into the magical.

      Read more
      Get There Quicker

      Keyboard Shortcuts


      • Keyboard Help Shift+?
      • Search S
      • Go to Account/Login ME
      • Go to Help HELP

      Main Navigation

      • Go to Home GH
      • Go to Workshop GS
      • Go to Men's Home GM
      • Go to The Dispatch GD
      • MAG
      • Go to Cart GC


      • Go to Shirts GCS
      • Go to Outerwear GCO
      • Go to Bottoms GCB
      • Go to Denim GCD
      • Go to Footwear GCF
      • Go to Accessories GCA
      • Go to Essentials GCE