01 of 08
Basic Pointers for Making Bound Buttonholes
Continue to 2 of 8 below.
- A perfect bound buttonhole is rectangular and no wider than 1/4" unless you are working with fabric that is exceptionally thick or bulky. This would make each side of the inset no wider than 1/8".
- If you are making a series of these buttonholes it is best to make each step on each buttonhole before moving on to the next step.
- When machine sewing, do not back stitch. It usually results in an unperfect rectangle.
- Always use interfacing or underlining on the garment fabric to provide stability.
- To practice making bound buttonhole and "get the hang of it", try making larger than normal buttonholes. Practice on scraps until you feel confident.
02 of 08
Markings for a Bound Buttonhole
Fully mark your buttonhole placement. Use a running stitch of hand basting or a marking pencil on the interfacing, that will not show through.
Mark the following:
Continue to 3 of 8 below.
- Center of garment.
- Buttonhole placements.
- 1/8" on each side of the buttonhole.
- Ends of buttonholes.
03 of 08
Starting the Buttonhole
Continue to 4 of 8 below.
- Make a patch of the fabric which will compose the inside lips of the buttonhole. Make the patch on the straight grain of the fabric. The patch should measure 2 inches wider and 1-inch longer than the buttonhole.
- Place the patch right sides together, centered over the buttonhole. Hand baste around the edge of the patch, to hold it in place.
- Stitch using very small stitches along the rectangle lines.
04 of 08
Cutting the Bound Buttonhole
Depending on the size of the buttonhole, slit the center as in the diagram. Be sure you leave yourself a triangle on each end, which is large enough to be able to grab it.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
05 of 08
Turning to the Inside
Continue to 6 of 8 below.
- Remove any hand basting stitches that were holding the patch in place.
- Turn the patch to the inside.
- Work the corners until they will lay flat.
06 of 08
Creating the Buttonhole Edges
Using the original buttonhole line as a guide. Fold the long edges of the patch to meet in the middle of the rectangle, keeping both sides equal.Continue to 7 of 8 below.
07 of 08
Hand Baste The Buttonhole Edges
Hand baste the folds to each other.Continue to 8 of 8 below.
08 of 08
Machine Sewing & Lining
- With right side up, fold the right side back to expose the slit and original stitches. Stitch directly on these stitches.
- Repeat for the other side of the buttonhole.
- Working from the right side, fold back the ends, to expose the triangle of slit fabric. Tug back as far as possible, and stitch on original stitches. * Repeat for the other end of the buttonhole.
For the lining
- Sew an identical rectangle as you marked on the fabric layer, but just in a layer of lining.
- Slit as you did the buttonhole and fold back all fabric to the stitches.
- Hand stitch the lining into place around the buttonhole.