Whisk together the flour, sugar and salt.
Cut the butter into small cubes. Use a pastry blender*, two knives or a food processor to cut the butter into the flour mixture until you have lumps the size of small peas.
Add 2 tablespoons of the ice water and use a fork to toss the mixture. Add one additional tablespoon of water at a time and continue tossing until the mixture starts to come together and can easily form a ball.
Form the dough into a ball, then flatten it into a disk. On a floured surface, roll the dough out. Start from the center and roll up, start back at the center and roll down, then turn the dough a quarter turn to ensure it's not sticking to the surface. Lightly flour the rolling pin, work surface and dough as needed and continue this process: roll up, roll down, quarter turn, until the dough is about 1/8" thick and is about 12" in diameter.
Transfer the dough to the pie plate. Rolling it around the rolling pin or folding it in half or in quarters can help to safely move it. Gently press the dough into the pie plate and trim the overhang so you have at least one even inch all the way around the plate.
Fold the overhang back by at least half an inch and press it into the backside of the crust to form a lip that stands above the pie plate. Crimp the edges however you'd like. Keep in mind, butter crusts don't hold their shape as well as shortening crusts while baking so small details will cook out of any design. Large, simple crimps work best.
Carefully cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.