How to Attach Buttons Quickly with a Sewing Punch

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How to Attach Buttons Quickly with a Sewing Punch
Attach buttons to jeans or other items easily with a sewing punch. (blue jeans with belt image by Liron from

Buttons, such as those found on jeans, are made of two metal pieces that are pressed together securely through the fabric opposite a buttonhole. Also called dungaree or bachelor buttons, these no-sew fasteners are perfect for many clothing and craft projects, but can be difficult and time-consuming to push through thick or layered material, and may damage the fabric if forced. You can attach buttons quickly with a sewing punch, a nifty pliers-type tool that easily makes a neat hole in heavy fabric or leather without damaging the adjacent material.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Pencil or pen
  • Ruler (optional)
  • Sewing punch
  • Jeans, dungaree or bachelor buttons
  • Hand towel or washcloth
  • Hammer

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  1. 1

    Mark the location for each button with a pencil or pen. Use a ruler to align the buttons, if desired.

  2. 2

    Punch a hole in the fabric over the mark. Use the smallest size if your sewing punch has more than one option available.

  3. 3

    Spread a hand towel or washcloth out flat on a solid surface to protect the surface and the button face. Lay the button front face down on the towel.

  4. 4

    Push the point of the tack-like button piece through the punched hole from the wrong side of the fabric.

  5. 5

    Carefully place the point of the tack straight into the hole in the back of the button and hit the head of the tack gently but firmly with a hammer. Hit the tack head with increasing force, if necessary, until the button will not turn in the fabric.

Tips and warnings

  • Bachelor buttons are an easy and sturdy fastener for children's clothing.
  • Be sure not to hit the tack head hard enough to cut the fabric. These buttons are permanent, so make sure to place them in the correct spot.

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