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How to Make Bound Buttonholes

Mar 27, 2013
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Most of you may have a favorite method for making bound buttonholes. Actually, author Claire Shaeffer has several, depending on the fabric and the garment design. For special situations, she even uses a faux bound buttonhole. She learned these methods from master tailors and world-famous designers. Though the differences among these techniques are sometimes subtle, each type has a particular purpose. Learn how these buttonholes are made while you get acquainted with their individual benefits.

There are general steps to follow with all buttonholes. First, always make a test buttonhole with a facing or with whatever setup you’ll have on the finished garment, to check the method and the size before making the final buttonholes. Bound buttonholes tend to shrink in production; if they’re too tight for the buttons, the corners will pull out and ravel.

Interface the buttonhole area on the wrong side, and mark the…

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  1. imdvine May 5th

    I think you mean bound buttonholes not bounded

  2. imdvine May 5th

    I have been using a variation of the patch method for years, to make welt pockets. At my local thrift store I found a fun vintage gadget for making bound buttonholes. It takes a little practice but it does work quite well.

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