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Bound Buttonholes: Attaching the Lips to the Garment | Video

Video: Jeff Roos, Cari Delahanty. Technical Edit: Carol Fresia

In this video, the fourth installment of the Bound Buttonholes series, tailoring expert Daryl Lancaster leads viewers through the process of attaching the buttonhole lips to the garment.

Place the buttonhole lip strips on the garment front, with right sides together. The basted ladder you created in “Marking the Buttonhole Placement” episode helps you align the lip patches perfectly. Pin them in place, then mark the buttonhole end points.

Tip: At this point, you have the option of adding cord to the buttonhole lips, for a firmer, rounder lip shape.

Once the lip patches are pinned, sew along the basted lines to attach them permanently to the garment. Stitch precisely on the basting, starting and stopping at the marked buttonhole ends. Don’t backstitch. This forms a rectangle on the wrong side. Pull the thread tails to the wrong side and tie them in a square knot.

The next step is to complete the buttonhole by cutting the opening and turning the lips into their final position.

Threads Insiders can watch Daryl demonstrate all the steps in the buttonhole process in these videos:

“Bound Buttonholes: Introduction | Video”

“Marking the Buttonhole Placement”

“Creating the Buttonhole Lips”

“Completing the Buttonhole”

To follow the steps in print, look for Daryl’s article “Bound Buttonholes for All,” Threads #197, June/July 2018.


About This Video Series

In this video series, tailoring and construction expert Daryl Lancaster demonstrates the steps to creating perfect bound buttonholes. Her technique is methodical and relies on careful marking and stitching. It also is accessible to sewers of nearly any skill level. Learn to sew classic buttonholes that are appropriate for jackets, coats, and more. Each part of the bound buttonhole process is explained in a series of videos: “Bound Buttonholes: Introduction | Video” "Marking the Buttonhole…

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  1. user-7745218 | | #1

    This is so helpful! Would it be possible to add a video on how to adapt this to vertical buttonholes?

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