Buttonhole Sewing Tip

2:30 PM

Sewing a row or column of buttons can be a pain.
I always hate having to mark exactly where to sew them, and even then lots of times the beginning and ends aren't lined up.
So when sewing a bunch of buttonholes, like on this Jute Suit vest, I've started using masking tape.
The tape makes the start and stop markers, and then it's really easy to just draw a top and bottom buttonhole, then figure out the equidistant other buttonholes in between.

I figured it out trying to plot where buttons should go on this dress and it was a pain.
The masking tape saved a lot of measuring time and chalk.
For the curve, I just put pieces of tape along the edge to mark the 5/8" width of the tape as the border from the hem.
Then it made it easier to tape another curve the width I needed of the finished buttonhole and just mark the end buttons, the center, then the last 2 between.

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19 comments

  1. Thank you for sharing this. It will be so easy now to make buttonholes where they should go. I love your blog, the projects and you have such a nice way to explain things that makes it all easy to understand. You're very talented and I absolutely love your clothing and other designs.

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  2. That is a great tip! I usually end up using a clear quilting ruler, but obviously that doesn't work so well for curved edges. =) Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Ahhhh smart lady! Gonna go ahead and pin this...

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  4. This is brilliant! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. What a great idea. And now to actually do all those button holes I have been avoiding.

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  6. Now why didn't I think of that...thanx so much for the brilliant tip....I will use it often

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  7. Wow, GREAT tip! So easy! I really hate having to measure and chalk all those lines for buttons. Thank you!

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  8. So simple yet so perfect. Thank you.

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  9. This is a brilliant tip! No more wonky buttonholes!

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  10. Clever. I've got to do a bunch of buttonholes soon. Just need to hunt out that masking tape ...

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  11. All you need to do is mark your buttonholes off your pattern onto a tearaway stabilizer. pin to piece, sew buttonholes. carefully tear off buttonholes. flip to opposite side to place buttons. Works great. done it for years.

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  12. What a great idea. I wish I could have thought of this, after the 100's of buttonholes I have put in over the years.

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  13. excellent notion will give it a whirl, my buttonholes always let me down thank you

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  14. This is a great idea! Thanks for the idea. Buttonholes always scare me. :)

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  15. Really this is a great idea. I will surly do this for my son.
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  16. I always hate having to mark exactly where to sew them, and even then lots of times the beginning and ends aren't lined up.learn more

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