Bachelor button (sewing)

A bachelor button is a button that can be attached without sewing. It uses a stud pressed through fabric and into a top button.[1][2] They were sold in notion stores in the late 1800s and early 1900s as an emergency repair button. They could be attached and removed.[3] The poem “A Bachelor's Button” is a lament by a man whose lover never sewed his button on his coat and had to use a bachelor's button to repair it.[4]

Pilcher's Bachelor Button and box circa 1917


  1. ^ Mayman, Doug, “Led Soldiers”, ISBN 9780955636714, p.80
  2. ^ Harmsworth's Household Encyclopedia: A-CIV, 1920, p179
  3. ^ “The dyestuff situation in the textile industries” United States Tariff Commission, 1918, p38
  4. ^ From “Out of a Silver Flute”, 1896, page 122