Make Giant Buttons a Garment FeatureWays to sew the closure when using big buttons
Big, decorative buttons add drama to garments. At the same time, they pose problems: How do you attach buttons with extralarge holes rather than shanks, and what is the size limit for stitched or bound buttonholes? I’ll offer creative and practical solutions to these questions, so you can feature bold buttons on your sewn clothes.
Consider the situation in which the button requires a buttonhole that’s 3 inches long. You have to cut a 3-inch hole in the front of the garment. If you have planned for a whole row of buttons, this may compromise the stability of the garment’s opening edge. One way to create a strong closure is to machine-sew the buttonholes and leave them uncut. Alternatively, make beautiful bound buttonholes, which you can also invisibly stitch closed. Add the buttons over the buttonholes and then apply hidden snaps to close the garment.
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Attach with bias cording
A skinny bias tube is a good substitute for thread in large buttonholes. It fills the holes and provides an artistic accent.
1. Cut a bias strip. Make it about 2 inches wide and 6 inches long.
2. Sew the tube. Fold the strip lengthwise, with right sides together. Plan the stitching line parallel to the strip’s fold, so the distance from the fold is slightly wider than the desired finished cord diameter. Sew with a small zigzag stitch (A).
3. Trim the seam allowance to about 1/4 inch wide. Use pinking shears if desired. Then turn the tube right side out (B).
4. Attach the cord to the button. String a short length of cord through one pair of holes, pull it snug and trim it so the cord ends…