You popped the button from a strategic place on your shirt. Your skin or dirty undershirt is showing through. There’s no learned lady around to help you out. What to do? What to do!
Prepare for this day
Save the little sewing kits from your last hotel vacation or motel-room amenities. The good ones will gift you with a travel sewing kit along with shampoos that won’t come out of the plastic bottles. If you have no such sewing kits, you’re up a creek without a sewing kit, so to speak. Go on another trip fast, and look for the goodies.
Your travel sewing kit will have five or six choices of thread. Choose the color that best matches your shirt. Using a contrasting color of thread is a dead giveaway that you’re a guy looking for a gal. A woman would never use any other color than that of the shirt. So, don’t advertise that you sewed your own button.
Thread the needle
Use the whole length of thread to thread your needle. No sense saving a little thread for the next time. Suck the end of the thread, wetting it with your saliva, then push the end through that microscopic hole at the end of the needle. Older gents will require donning your reading glasses. Because that hole is really small. And, yes, the thread really will go through it. Multiple tries may be necessary.
Knot the end of the thread
Double up the thread so that both sides are equal. Take the two ends, wrap them twice around your index finger. Roll the thread between your thumb and index finger creating a bunch of bunched up thread that will serve as a knot. No sense mucking around with two microscopic thread ends trying to make a nice square knot.
Ready, set, sew!
Take your button…oh, if you lost your button completely, look in your travel sewing kit for another. Deluxe travel sewing kits always include one. No button? Well, you’re up that creek again.
So, again, take your button and place it where the old one was. There should be two or four holes in your new button. Push the needle from the inside of the shirt through the shirt, through one (any one) of the holes in the button, and pull the thread through till it stops at the knot. Repeat the procedure in the other direction through an adjacent hole in the button. Keep repeating this procedure until you’re out of thread or get tired of sewing. One or the other. It makes little difference.
Tying the final knot
If you neglect to finish the job with a knotted end, you will have wasted all of your time up to this point. The button most certainly will come off again. So, here’s a quick way to get a good ending.
Starting with the thread coming out on the inside of the shirt, catch some threads with the point of the needle. Pull the thread through without going through the shirt again. But leave a little loop before pulling the thread through entirely. Put the needle through the loop and pull tight to make the final knot.
Clip the thread close, or knaw through it with your teeth if you have no scissors. Once again, look for those deluxe travel sewing kits. They’ll contain a little teeny pair of scissors, so good for saving your teeth in such emergencies.
Good to go
Now go out and get a gal with whom you can tie the knot or sew on your stuff. Or bookmark this piece for the next time you lose your buttons.
Source: based entirely on personal experience.