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Save Money By Sewing Your Own Buttons

January 3rd, 2013 Personal Finance

It's an inevitable part of life - no matter how careful you may be, at some point you're going to lose a button or two on your favorite winter coat. And as tempting as it may be to simply take it to a professional and have him or her handle the job, you can save a bit of money each year by learning how to sew your own buttons back on.

Esquire has outlined a simple method of doing so. This works for both coats and button-down shirts - all you need is a basic sewing kit. Start by taking 12 inches of thread, knotted securely at one end. Thread the needle and make a single stitch in the shirt with the row of buttons. Make a second stitch perpendicular to the first.

Next, thread the needle up through a buttonhole and then down diagonally through the opposite. Repeat this process for the remaining two. Do this four times so that the button is securely in place. Finally, wrap the remaining thread around the small "shank" between button and shirt and push the needle through to secure it.

The Guardian notes that you want to avoid having the button rest too close to the shirt, as you need to allow yourself enough wiggle room to slide the button through fairly easily. It's also a good idea to keep a collection of spare buttons in case you find yourself in need of one. Shirts and coats tend to come with extras, so set aside a small jar in which to store them. You'll be glad you did when the moment comes!