Backstitch and tie the thread in place.
We are often guilty of avoiding the simplest projects around the house — like replacing the two lost buttons on our duvet cover — because we imagine we are just too busy. Then all of a sudden our duvet has morphed into the disaster you see in the second image and we force ourselves to remember how easy sewing on a button actually is.
What You Need
1. Cut a piece of thread about the length of your arm.
2. Thread it through the needle and either tie a knot where the ends of the thread meet or leave it loose — you can secure it with your stitching.
3. If you didn't tie a knot in your thread, take a few backstitches at the point where the button will be placed. To do this, make one loose stitch, then bring the needle back up through the fabric to the left of the original stitch through the original stitch and back through the fabric. Pull tight and repeat once or twice more.
4. Position the button and hold it securely. Bring the needle up through the buttonhole and back through the opposite hole. Repeat on the other two sets of holes, creating two parallel lines of thread. Continue to alternate holes until you have run out of thread.
5. When you have about three inches of thread left at the end, loop it under the existing stitches on the back and tie it tightly. Cut off the needle and trim any remaining thread.
(Images: Sarah Rainwater)